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Italian Restaurant$$$$
Streeterville, Chicago
59 Tips and reviews
  • gnocchi
  • chef tony mantuano
  • sarah grueneberg
  • obama
  • good for dates
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  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneDecember 31, 2014
    If you're looking to go fancy then this is certainly one of the best places to do it. Reservations will have to be secured months ahead of time. Certainly good for a romantic date night. Read more
  • CNN
    CNNAugust 6, 2014
    If the Obamas are in Chicago there’s a chance they'll be dining at Chicago’s only 4-star Italian restaurant. Chef Tony Mantuano has been serving handmade pastas here for nearly 30 years. Read more
  • Theodore K.
    Theodore KimDecember 1, 2011
    My absolute favorite restaurant in the entire United States. The service is divine. And so is the menu. Our experience included Colorado lamb chops, fluffy gnocchi and a mascarpone dessert to die for.
  • Katie O.
    Katie O'TooleDecember 3, 2012
    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!
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineMay 8, 2012
    Crescenza-filled ravioletto with porcini mushrooms is stunning, as is wood-roasted black cod with basil-fed snails. There’s a great cheese program, but it’s hard to ignore the huckleberry brioche. Read more
  • Paulo S.
    Paulo SantosSeptember 18, 2014
    The lambs leg... Whew Soo good and the service here was A1! They gave us free dessert since we were celebrating our anniversary too!
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    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
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Try bay scallops with uni + caviar, or venison loin in foie gras sauce. Oenophiles can take a sippable tour of Italy. – Green Guide Editor
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    Indulgent, fine-dining Italian is the name of the game at one of downtown's loveliest dining rooms opened by chef Tony Mantuano and lead by Sarah Grueneberg, runner-up on "Top Chef: Texas." Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 28, 2012
    A later lunch is your best chance at experiencing the culinary creations of chefs Tony Mantuano and Sarah Grueneberg. The restaurant waitstaff recommends booking after 1pm or later. Read more
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 19, 2010
    Tony Mantuano outdoes himself w a trio of appetizers: zucchini flowers stuffed with mozz; cuttlefish eggs with osetra caviar; & a combination of white truffle & a tartare of aged prime strip steak.
  • Jorge C.
    Jorge Ch4 days ago
    Ecellent restaurant ... foie gras salad with prosciutto and the gnocchi with truffle sauce amazing
  • danielle p.
    danielle paganoDecember 10, 2010
    Be sure to try the ne Birre Artiginale menu featuring craft beers from Italy. I'm sampling the Re Ale Birra del Borgo with flavors of baked orange and a caramel honey finish.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 9, 2011
    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.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 24, 2010
    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.
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchApril 18, 2011
    Food critics (and President Obama) will argue it's the best Italian restaurant in the country. Order any of the pasta dishes—they're all amazing.
  • Raja'a S A.
    Raja'a S AlsDecember 24, 2015
    I was in the cafe every thing was excellent the service, the food, the taste
  • Aneta A.
    Aneta AllenOctober 18, 2011
    "Four star Italian cuisine" Entrees like braised lobster and strip steak with 50-year-old balsamic vinegar entice
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillMay 21, 2015
    Do try this place. Had a great evening ....good food and a nice wine list.
  • Stepan R.
    Stepan RogerAugust 7, 2014
    Super fancy. Pampering service and interesting presentation of food but jaw dropping prices.
  • Dana L.
    Dana LondonDecember 31, 2013
    FANTASTIC service, beautiful room, and incredible views! (And the food is good too!) :-)
  • Emily H.
    Emily HoltynJuly 28, 2012
    Everything is delicious, everyone is super friendly, can't wait to come back.
  • Colin C.
    Colin CJuly 6, 2010
    Spiaggia is one of my favorite spots! Amazing service, food & atmosphere. Looking for a hot nightclub for drinks & a little after-dinner mischief? Check out Manor, 642 N. Clark
  • Lilly C.
    Lilly CalandrelloAugust 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Must try the Honeyed Duck breast & Orange Mandarin, Grapefruit or Passion Fruit Sorbetti! Spiaggia's Chef Tony Mantuano is awesome.
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GriesemerJune 11, 2015
    It's expensive but memorable. Special occasions will be unforgettable
  • Ryan V.
    Ryan VaughanAugust 19, 2011
    Wild Boar Gnocchi was out of this world. So were the prawns. Great hidden gem
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica ShimNovember 11, 2014
    Thrillist says to get the Ricotta & black truffle gnocchi
  • Anna K.
    Anna KingOctober 4, 2011
    Food is fabulous! Service is even better! Ask for Gregoria. He is the best!
  • Emily P.
    Emily ParkAugust 25, 2010
    The Crudo Della Spiaggia is amazing! Go for the tasting menu! A great place to take a significant other!
  • Amy C.
    Amy CerconeAugust 21, 2012
    Try the House Gnocchi With Wild Boar Ragu
  • Matt N.
    Matt NJune 6, 2014
    Very small portions but very top quality food. Gnocchi were awesome.
  • Kiley M.
    Kiley MillerMay 18, 2012
    Definitely on the expensive side, but your taste buds will thank you.
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BeckJanuary 28, 2015
    Came here for a private work dinner. Everything was delicious.
  • Lara
    LaraDecember 7, 2010
    I'm looking farward to go there.. Tasted already some dishes here in Italy thanking Sarah, who was resident at Rigoletto reastaurant. And I <3 so much Chicagoooooo
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Jimmy Bannos Jr., chef of The Purple Pig, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Gnocchi di patate. Read more
  • Marce N.
    Marce NvNovember 15, 2014
    Gnocchi with black truffle
  • Nellie A.
    Nellie AndriyanovaMay 11, 2011
    Get the homemade pasta. The ricotta gnocchi is to die for!
  • Nancy L.
    Nancy LooDecember 20, 2009
    My Chicago fave for special occasions but $$$! Everything is good here but I never want to miss out on the incredible homemade pasta. Read more
  • Amy C.
    Amy CerconeAugust 21, 2012
    Try the Cherry Bomb Peppers With Rock Shrimp
  • Ganna S.
    Ganna SovgutJuly 29, 2013
    The best caprese salad I have ever had
  • Town and Country M.
    Town and Country MagazineFebruary 27, 2012
    Arguably the best italian restaurant in town and an Obama favorite.
  • Crain's Chicago Business
    The gelati here is deliciously made in-house, so be sure to ask about their daily flavors. Read more
  • Greg S.
    Greg SDecember 8, 2012
    Try the cheese service paired with honey. Amazing!
  • Anita B.
    Anita BathijaMay 26, 2013
    Fantastic truffle gnocchi!
  • Jason K.
    Jason KimApril 12, 2011
    Try the Lemon Tart With Blood Orange Sorbet - Awesome
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsFebruary 29, 2012
    The red raspberry gelato is practically fresh from the patch. Read more
  • Showtime Network
    Showtime NetworkApril 1, 2011
    We wonder if a papal robe would suffice for this place’s jacket requirement.
  • Jeff
    JeffNovember 15, 2012
    2013 - 1 Michelin Star
  • Jason K.
    Jason KimApril 12, 2011
    Try the Veal Ravioli - Tasty
  • La Dolce Vita
    La Dolce VitaDecember 16, 2013
    One Michelin star
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