by Cheryl Baehr
If the bed-and-breakfast-style charm of Bella Vino (325 South Main Street, St. Charles; 636-724-3434) isn't enough of a reason to make the trek across the river, then the duck prosciutto flatbread should be.
Co-executive chefs Austin Hamblin and Michelle Allender start with a flaky, housemade crust, then spread it with a thick layer of creamy mascarpone cheese. Whereas the mascarpone has a mild, almost neutral flavor, hunks of Gorgonzola add a pungent, earthy flair. Sweet caramelized onions are a classic pairing with the blue cheese. This mix of ingredients serves as a glorious backdrop for the star of the plate: paper-thin slices of rich, salty duck prosciutto. Pair it with a glass of pinot noir and cozy up to the antique fireplace for a warm retreat.
Previously: #90: The "Dam Burger" at the Dam #91: The "Hog Mess" at Blind Tiger #92: Khao Soi at Fork & Stix #93: The "Smokehouse Club" Sandwich at Bud's Smokehouse #94: Cafe Natasha's Yogurt Dip #95: Macarons at La Patisserie Chouquette #96: The Libertine's Fried Chicken #97: Pork Belly at Element #98: M'Lwee at Baida #99: Breadbasket at Juniper #100: Bucatini All'Amatriciana at Pastaria