Cafe Spiaggia

Row 1

980 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-2750
$ $ $
Mon–Thu: 11:30 AM–10:00 PM Fri–Sat: 11:30 AM–10:30 PM Sun: 4:00 PM–8:00 PM


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 last year 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. 

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

Foursquare Tips

  • Here you'll find one of Chicago's prettiest, most cosmopolitan cafs, with windows looking out on the lake and walls covered with colorful faux-Renaissance murals.
  • A comfortable, yet elegant, Italian dining experience. Having lived in Rome for 4 years, I found the pasta dishes to be very authentic.
  • Order a few Piattini (small dishes) to come out along with your entrees to help round out the meal. Try the Gnocchi with Wild Boar Ragu.
  • The food, decor, and service here at first rate. That said, the menu is not the old cafe. Seems like they want the place to be a sampling menu for big bro Spiaggia.
  • Impressive and surely a dish that can last well into fall, is the farm egg with its molten yolk resting atop a sensual bed of polenta and showered with shavings of summer truffle.
  • Our best tip if you're dining at the new cafe: Order the burrata. You won't regret it.
  • Wild boar ragu. Every time.
  • Great value for the same quality of food as Spiaggia!
  • My favorite Italian bistro style restaurant in the Midwest. Amazingly authentic Italian dishes and if the truffles are in season, ask for them, even if they're not on the menu. Strongly recommend!
  • Their gnocchi is absolutely superb combining light-as-air gnocchi with a wonderful wild-boar ragu. It is truly a soul-warming dish that is much needed on these cold, winter nights.
  • Good food. Awful service.
  • PHENOMINAL bucatini!!!
  • Incredible food and service. Leave enough time to enjoy it with a nice bottle of wine and a view of Michigan Avenue!
  • The fritto misto is excellent!
  • Cheeses and pastas are amazing.
  • "Arguably the best Italian restaurant in town." As seen in Town & Country, January, 2012, page 20
  • Super food. Clam pasta is over the top!