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Spiaggia

980 N. Michigan Ave. (Oak St.) Send to Phone
312-280-2750 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Expensive but special-occasion worthy, this restaurant remains an Italian fine dining staple after 30-plus years.

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Mon.-Thurs. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
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Spiaggia, Chicago, IL

Spiaggia Restaurant Review

: After more than three decades and a major floor-to-ceiling renovation, much has changed at this super-luxe Italian restaurant from chef-partner Tony Mantuano. 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. 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 do the tasting menus (five courses for $105, eight courses for $165, plus optional wine pairings). The à la carte menu might present such inspirations as octopus with sunchoke, blood orange, treviso and jalapeño to start, continuing with risotto alla Milanese and dry-aged porterhouse with truffle hollandaise, turnip and onion jam. Accordingly, the array of cheeses is vast. Gold leaf adorns an indulgent Italian-style opera torte with salted caramel gelato. The wine list offers unique Italian selections rarely seen in Chicago. 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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