Tara and Michael Gallina, veterans of Dan Barber’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns, got here to St. Louis with a staggering quantity of eating and hospitality expertise. At its most elementary, their restaurant Vicia celebrates greens, the land they’re grown in, and the farmers who develop them, in an area that’s like a freshly pressed white linen shirt — cool, timeless, clear, and welcoming. Pre-COVID, the restaurant was identified for informal lunches (tartines, soups, charcuterie, and salads with noon wine), however the restaurant actually bloomed within the night, with 15-course tasting menus that astounded diners. The Gallinas are keen to place avant-garde preparations of greens middle stage, like carrots cooked in beef fats, whereas utilizing meat dishes cooked on the open wood-fired grill as supporting acts. The restaurant at present invitations friends to rejoice the bounty of the Midwest by the humbler three-course farmer’s feast, a chef’s choice of dishes served household type. The menu adjustments day by day, however earlier choices have included starter snacks like turnip-shell tacos with black beans, shiitakes, kale, yogurt, and carrot scorching sauce, or a fragile dish of juniper-cured scallop with sorrel. A predominant may function Berkshire pig with grilled strawberry mostarda or barbequed hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, served with candy potato with contemporary cream, preserved citrus, and toasted seed cracklings. Whether or not the menu is lengthy or quick, Vicia serves meals that’s extra exact than seasonal, anchoring every meal to a selected time and place.