Chicago IL 60611
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 a James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Midwest in 2005. He and the restaurant’s executive chef, Sarah Grueneberg, continue 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.
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This casually chic sibling to Spiaggia offers many of the same pleasures—not only impeccable wines and cheeses but also the inspired thinking of the executive chef, Tony Mantuano. Wood-roasting figures prominently in his preps, providing subtle flavor notes in seafood, chicken, and many other offerings. Antipasti and pasti also shine.
Spiaggia will raise money for cancer on November 14.
Super fancy. Pampering service and interesting presentation of food but jaw dropping prices.
If the Obamas are in Chicago there’s a chance they'll be dining at Chicago’s only 4-star Italian restaurant. Chef Tony Mantuano has been serving handmade pastas here for nearly 30 years.
Try bay scallops with uni + caviar, or venison loin in foie gras sauce. Oenophiles can take a sippable tour of Italy. – Green Guide Editor
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.
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.
In-Fashion: The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival presented by MasterCard® is all about fine dining. Ask for the $25 three-course lunch menu & $35 three-course dinner menu from 8/26-9/8. Bon appétit!
Wild Boar Gnocchi was out of this world. So were the prawns. Great hidden gem
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
Tarimisu to die for
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.
Food critics (and President Obama) will argue it's the best Italian restaurant in the country. Order any of the pasta dishes—they're all amazing.
We wonder if a papal robe would suffice for this place’s jacket requirement.
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.
The veal rib is fantastic!
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.
Must try the Honeyed Duck breast & Orange Mandarin, Grapefruit or Passion Fruit Sorbetti! Spiaggia's Chef Tony Mantuano is awesome.
Excited for the gnocchi dish!
The gelati here is deliciously made in-house, so be sure to ask about their daily flavors.
My Chicago fave for special occasions but $$$! Everything is good here but I never want to miss out on the incredible homemade pasta.