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Cafe Spiaggia

980 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Critic’s Notes

Dining at this pretty, less formal sibling of Tony Mantuano's Spiaggia is a great way to experience his artful offerings without breaking the bank. The small but interesting menu changes daily, and everything is executed with real mastery, from the addictive cheese crisps and rosemary focaccia to the perfect gelati. In between, expect delicacy and memorable flavor bursts. Pastas shine; ravioli with ricotta and kale was a knockout. And seafood never disappoints—keep an eye out for salmone tartare, a spectacular brodetto (seafood stew), and ruby trout. Impressive wines, cheeses.

Dishes We Liked

Primavera insalata ($10), salmon tartare ($14), brodetto ($11, $18), carpaccio ($15), ravioli with ricotta and kale ($17), ruby trout with Tuscan beans and baby artichokes ($26), walleye with rock shrimp ($29), gelati ($9 for three)

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Additional Information:

Price: $40-$49
Cuisine: Italian
Neighborhood: Gold Coast
Noteworthy: Child friendly
Wheelchair accessible
Hours: L & D daily.
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