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101 Best Restaurants in America
America's 20 Best Italian Restaurants
980 N Michigan Ave (at Oak St)
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-2750
Mon–Thu: 5:30 PM–10:00 PM Fri–Sat: 5:00 PM–11:00 PM Sun: 5:00 PM–10:00 PM


Decades before the likes of Mario Batali and Michael White reimagined fine Italian dining, Tony Mantuano taught Chicagoans how to enjoy refined Italian fare at Spiaggia (“beach” in Italian). Mantuano has won countless accolades, including the 2005 James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Midwest, and was named Best Italian Restaurant in Chicago by The Daily Meal. Reopening after a redesign last year (its first since 1999), the restaurant has 50 percent more seats with views, a new lounge, and a floor-to-ceiling glass-enclosed, temperature-controlled wine room showcasing 1,700 of Spiaggia’s nearly 5,000 bottles. The new restaurant menu follows the traditional Italian courses of antipasto, pasta, secondi, and dessert, but with almost entirely new dishes (the potato gnocchi with ricotta did made the transition). One thing that hasn’t changed is Spiaggia’s ability to delight diners. Much of that can be credited to executive chef Chris Marchino, who serves mouthwatering fare like cut rye spaghetti with Taleggio, morels, chanterelles, and rosemary; chestnut soup with foie gras, farro, and pomegranate; and Slagel Farm suckling pig with preserved rhubarb, fennel, and Controne pepper. If you can’t make up your mind, there’s always the six-course tasting menu, including the famed gnocchi ($165 per person).

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015

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Foursquare Tips
The gelati here is deliciously made in-house, so be sure to ask about their daily flavors.
Crain's Chicago Business
Monday, May 10, 2010 - 06:39
For a romantic dinner, one of the very private booths is ideal. However, if you are a foodie, a table by the glass-enclosed exhibition kitchen is great too. - Inspector
Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 11:36
We wonder if a papal robe would suffice for this places jacket requirement.
Showtime Network
Friday, April 1, 2011 - 13:29
A sister cafe to the impressive Italian fine-dining venue, the cafe boasts lake views and consistently delicious fare, such as the gnocchi tossed with green beans, potatoes, and pesto.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 13:42
Food critics (and President Obama) will argue it's the best Italian restaurant in the country. Order any of the pasta dishesthey're all amazing.
Monday, April 18, 2011 - 09:13
A later lunch is your best chance at experiencing the culinary creations of chefs Tony Mantuano and Sarah Grueneberg. The restaurant waitstaff recommends booking after 1pm or later.
Time Out Chicago
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 09:36
Must try the Honeyed Duck breast & Orange Mandarin, Grapefruit or Passion Fruit Sorbetti! Spiaggia's Chef Tony Mantuano is awesome.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 17:39
My Chicago fave for special occasions but $$$! Everything is good here but I never want to miss out on the incredible homemade pasta.
Sunday, December 20, 2009 - 06:16
Not only is this restaurant a Chicago institution, but its also a Presidential pick. The First Family is known to hit up this James Beard Award-winning restaurant when passing through the Windy City.
The Feast
Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 08:03
Try bay scallops with uni + caviar, or venison loin in foie gras sauce. Oenophiles can take a sippable tour of Italy. Green Guide Editor
Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
Monday, November 25, 2013 - 05:37
Tony Mantuano outdoes himself w a trio of appetizers: zucchini flowers stuffed with mozz; cuttlefish eggs with osetra caviar; & a combination of white truffle & a tartare of aged prime strip steak.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 13:20
Delicious food, outstanding service, & pricey. The quality holds up to the $. Overall, a wonderful fine dining experience in the city! It's deserving of its James beard awards and Michelin award!
Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 17:17
Everything is delicious, everyone is super friendly, can't wait to come back.
Friday, July 27, 2012 - 22:19
Wild Boar Gnocchi was out of this world. So were the prawns. Great hidden gem
Friday, August 19, 2011 - 07:00
Tarimisu to die for
Friday, July 29, 2011 - 20:16
The veal rib is fantastic!
Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 03:13
Excited for the gnocchi dish!
Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 06:31
It's expensive but memorable. Special occasions will be unforgettable
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 21:12
Do try this place. Had a great evening ....good food and a nice wine list.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 11:27
Came here for a private work dinner. Everything was delicious.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 15:07