We talk to the Chicago-based chef about his flagship and expanding to Miami
Tony Mantuano’s Spiaggia is hitting a big milestone next year: the big 3–0!
And as plans get underway for the celebration, Mantuano stopped by to share some of the details of what’s to come: "We’re starting to focus on the 30th anniversary and we want to make some terrific new changes," he said. "It’s a classic space and there are incredible Italian marble pillars and we’re not going to touch that but we need to make it feel a little bit more modern. We’d love to go after our second or third Michelin star, but we’d also like to carve out our own little elegant lounge. We’ve been visiting places like Le Bernadin’s lounge, and Daniel’s lounge has always been classic, so [we're thinking of] that same sort of lounge where it’s not chicken wings and a beer, but its a little more elegant."
As if that weren’t enough to focus on, Mantuano is also expanding to Miami. "About a year ago we opened a pizzeria, Bar Toma, a few short blocks from here," said Mantuano. "But in a few months we’re going to be opening in Miami, something called Bar Lorenzo... The opportunity presented itself to my business partners and they’ve been working on a small boutique hotel and they’ve seen the success of Spiaggia and the recent success of Bar Toma and they were like, let’s do this!"
Mantuano is also keeping busy by serving as the spokesperson for the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef competition. For more, watch the video above!