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980 N Michigan Ave (at Oak St)
Chicago, IL 60611
5:30pm - 10:00pm
5:30pm - 10:00pm
5:30pm - 10:00pm
5:30pm - 10:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 10:00pm

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



  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 veal rib is fantastic!
  • Excited for the gnocchi dish!
  • Spiaggia offers two 5 or 8 course tasting menus or an a la carte option (3 courses suggested). The plates are exquisite in both taste & aesthetics. The staff is friendly & extremely accommodating.
  • Number 1 Italian restaurant in Chicago! Steak with truffles meal to remember!
  • Such incredible pastas. Really loved the risotto and gnocchi. Fantastic wine glasses as well.
  • The farinata should be shared by more than one person. All pastas are A+. Skip the extremely bitter espresso
  • Chef Tony Mantuano was nominated for the 2017 Outstanding Chef James Beard Award
  • The restaurant offers tasting menus ($95 and $160), but a la carte selections, available in the lounge, will give you a sense of the experience.
  • Chef Tony Mantuano and his team execute perfect and delicious dishes that excite the palate, and leave you wanting more. The space and interior is simply lovely, and certainly adds to the experience.
  • Ecellent restaurant ... foie gras salad with prosciutto and the gnocchi with truffle sauce amazing

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