101 Best Restaurants in America for 2014 Slideshow
101. Spiaggia, Chicago, Ill.
100. The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tenn.
99. Betony, New York, N.Y.
98. The Elm, Brooklyn, N.Y.
97. Zaytinya, Washington, D.C.
96. Rasika, Washington, D.C.
95. Night + Market, Los Angeles, Calif.
94. Sushi Nakazawa, New York, N.Y.
93. Alder, New York, N.Y.
92. Underbelly, Houston, Texas
91. The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, Calif.
90. Roy’s Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii
89. Lotus of Siam, Las Vegas, Nev.
88. Hugo's Regional Mexican Cuisine, Houston, Texas
87. Bacchanalia, Atlanta, Ga.
86. The Walrus and the Carpenter, Seattle, Wash.
85. Yank Sing, San Francisco, Calif. (Rincon Center)
84. Cut, Los Angeles, Calif.
83. Komi, Washington, D.C.
82. Providence, Los Angeles, Calif.
81. Nobu, New York, N.Y.
80. McCrady's, Charleston, S.C.
79. City Grocery, Oxford, Miss.
78. é by José Andrés, Las Vegas, Nev.
77. Bäco Mercat, Los Angeles, Calif.
76. Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, Brooklyn, N.Y.
75. Spago, Los Angeles, Calif.
74. Michael's Genuine, Miami, Fla.
73. Hinoki & The Bird, Los Angeles, Calif.
72. Herbsaint, New Orleans, La.
71. Al Di La, Brooklyn, N.Y.
70. CityZen, Washington, D.C.
69. Zahav, Philadelphia, Pa.
68. Fearing's, Dallas, Texas
67. Sushi Yasuda, New York, N.Y.
66. Masa, New York, N.Y.
65. Catbird Seat, Nashville, Tenn.
64. Vetri, Philadelphia, Pa.
63. Beast, Portland, Ore.
62. Hominy Grill, Charleston, S.C.
61. Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco, Calif.
60. Momofuku Ko, New York
59. wd~50, New York
58. Guy Savoy, Las Vegas, Nev.
57. minibar, Washington, D.C.
56. Quince, San Francisco, Calif.
55. Joe's Stone Crab, Miami, Fla.
54. Topolobampo, Chicago, Ill.
53. Ippudo, New York, N.Y.
52. Marea, New York, N.Y.
51. Gary Danko, San Francisco, Calif.
50. Canlis, Seattle, Wash.
49. Uchi, Austin, Texas
48. Coi, San Francisco, Calif.
47. Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, New York, N.Y.
46. NoMad, New York, N.Y.
45. Blue Hill, New York, N.Y.
44. Michael Mina, San Francisco, Calif.
43. Lucques, Los Angeles, Calif.
42. Fore Street, Portland, Maine
41. Bouchon Bistro, Las Vegas, Nev.
40. Frasca Food & Wine, Boulder, Colo.
39. FIG, Charleston, S.C.
38. Manresa, Los Gatos, Calif.
37. Pok Pok, Portland, Ore.
36. O-Ya, Boston, Mass.
35. Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles, Calif.
34. Babbo, New York, N.Y.
33. Bouchon Bistro, Yountville, Calif.
32. Bar Tartine, San Francisco, Calif.
31. Gotham Bar & Grill, New York
30. Joël Robuchon, Las Vegas, Nev.
29. Del Posto, New York, N.Y.
28. Bern's Steak House, Tampa, Fla.
27. August, New Orleans, La.
26. ABC Kitchen, New York, N.Y.
25. Next, Chicago, Ill.
24. Inn at Little Washington, Washington, Va.
23. Zuni Cafe, San Francisco, Calif.
22. Cochon, New Orleans, La.
21. The Publican, Chicago, Ill.
20. Girl & the Goat, Chicago, Ill.
19. The Bazaar, Los Angeles, Calif.
18. State Bird Provisions, San Francisco, Calif.
17. Jean Georges, New York, N.Y.
16. Gramercy Tavern, New York, N.Y.
15. Galatoire's, New Orleans, La.
14. Le Pigeon, Portland, Ore.
13. Blackbird, Chicago, Ill.
12. Husk, Charleston, S.C.
11. Commander's Palace, New Orleans, La.
10. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, N.Y.
9. Momofuku Ssäm Bar, New York, N.Y.
8. Animal, Los Angeles, Calif.
7. Daniel, New York, N.Y.
6. Alinea, Chicago, Ill.
5. Chez Panisse, Berkeley, Calif.
4. Per Se, New York, N.Y.
3. The French Laundry, Yountville, Calif.
2. Eleven Madison Park, New York, N.Y.
1. Le Bernardin, New York, N.Y.

101. Spiaggia, Chicago, Ill.

Decades before the likes of Mario Batali and Michael White brought us the most recent wave of fine Italian dining, Tony Mantuano taught Chicagoans how to enjoy refined Italian fare at Spiaggia. Taking a cue from its name, which means "beach" in Italian, the food and décor at the restaurant are inspired by the coast. Mantuano has won countless accolades for his accomplishments here; including the 2005 James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Midwest. Chris Marchino took over for longtime executive chef Sarah Grueneberg in November and hasn't skipped a beat, continuing to delight diners with such fare as Pugliese burrata with golden Osetra caviar and potato crisps, squid ink spaghetti with Maine lobster and toasted breadcrumbs, and wood-roasted steelhead trout with honey mussels, black garlic, butter-roasted turnips, and Meyer lemon.

The restaurant is currently undergoing a massive redesign in honor of its 30th anniversary, and when completed in late spring there will be a newly designed dining room, a new location for the bar, and a new lounge area with its own menu. Onward and upward!   

Click here to watch The Daily Meal’s interview with chef Tony Mantuano on Spiaggia's 30th anniversary and what's next.