Spiaggia

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Details
980 N Michigan Ave (at Oak St)
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-2750
Italian
$ $ $ $
Hours
Mon–Thu: 5:30 PM–10:00 PM Fri–Sat: 5:00 PM–11:00 PM Sun: 5:00 PM–10:00 PM

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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

Foursquare Tips

  • We wonder if a papal robe would suffice for this places jacket requirement.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • My Chicago fave for special occasions but $$$! Everything is good here but I never want to miss out on the incredible homemade pasta.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Try bay scallops with uni + caviar, or venison loin in foie gras sauce. Oenophiles can take a sippable tour of Italy. Green Guide Editor
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Everything is delicious, everyone is super friendly, can't wait to come back.
  • Wild Boar Gnocchi was out of this world. So were the prawns. Great hidden gem
  • Tarimisu to die for
  • The veal rib is fantastic!
  • Excited for the gnocchi dish!
  • I was in the cafe every thing was excellent the service, the food, the taste
  • It's expensive but memorable. Special occasions will be unforgettable
  • Do try this place. Had a great evening ....good food and a nice wine list.
  • Came here for a private work dinner. Everything was delicious.
  • If you're looking to go fancy then this is certainly one of the best places to do it. Reservations will have to be secured months ahead of time. Certainly good for a romantic date night.
  • Gnocchi with black truffle