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980 N. Michigan Ave. (Oak St.) Send to Phone
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Expensive but special-occasion worthy, this restaurant remains an Italian fine dining staple after 30 years.
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Spiaggia Restaurant Review

: After three decades and a major floor-to-ceiling renovation, much has changed at this super-luxe Italian restaurant. Gone, for instance, are the white linen tablecloths and the strict, jackets-required dress code policy, allowing for a more relaxed and casual dining experience. And joining chef-partner Tony Mantuano in the kitchen is executive chef Chris Marchino. Yet some things never change, and the quality of the food --- as reflected in its high price tag --- endures. With a menu made almost entirely from scratch (pasta included), the difference in taste is evident when stacked against competitors. Seafood options stand out, as does the six-course tasting menu (starting at $165 per person, $245 with wine pairings). It treats diners to such dishes as carne cruda (30-day raw, dry-aged strip loin with Maine uni), foie gras-stuffed ravioli and porcelet pig. The wine list offers unique Italian selections rarely seen in Chicago. Accordingly, the array of cheeses is vast and the desserts, diminutive Italian pastries, a dream. The tab is a small price to pay, we say, for the view from the tiered dining room with its panoramas of Oak Street Beach and the lake.

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