This romantic Magnificent Mile restaurant, an influential part of the Chicago dining since 1984, features the award-winning Italian cuisine of celebrity chef Tony Mantuano. Spiaggia, which means "beach" in Italian, overlooks Oak Street beach, and the airy dining room is tiered, so every table has a view of the Lake Michigan. Mantuano's inventive menu emphasizes fresh ingredients imported directly from Italy, with seasonal highlights including bison ravioli, wood-grilled monkfish, and lobster risotto. The Italian-centric wine list is tailored for cheese pairings—fortunate since the restaurant's Cava di Stagionatura (cheese cellar) features dozens of perfectly-aged Italian cheeses.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
Among the reasons to visit this luxe Italian restaurant: unparalleled views of Lake Michigan, the marble-pillared space and chef-partner Tony Mantuano’s elegant Italian menu. <em>Crudo</em> and handmade pastas are his specialties, and the “D.O.P.” menus, which showcase ingredients from Italy’s Protected Denominations of Origin, are amazing.
We loved: Marrow- and herb-crusted filet mignon; veal with fennel pollen and crispy veal breast.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.