2012 Soft Spot: Secco Wine Bar 

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"If it weren't for Secco," Robey Martin says, "I don't think we would have some of the restaurants we currently have. They aren't afraid to stand on the summit to be the cliff jumper and the trend setter. Passion is attractive at Secco. You want to go because inevitably you learn something new, whether it's about a Priorat or a terrine. They keep their newness."

Versatility and its lengthy service hours give the Carytown spot versatility. "Secco somehow manages to suit my every mood, whether I want to dine or nosh, drink alone or with friends, be romantic or casual," Ellie Basch says. "Tim Bereika's food is inventive, beautiful to look at and even better consumed. Julia Battaglini's selections of beer and wine reflect her depth of knowledge; the service is effortless, knowledgeable and unpretentious. Secco is filled with the crew's passion and expertise, and it has lively energy."

Secco Wine Bar
2933 W. Cary St., 353-0670
Seccowinebar.com

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