Near North

Spiaggia

320

980 N. Michigan Ave., Second Floor,
Chicago,
IL,
United States,
60611.

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.