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Cafe Spiaggia

980 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Critic’s Notes

The revamped Cafe Spiaggia looks better than ever, dressed to the Gold Coast nines in a slick tux of black-and-white leather with brass trimmings. No need to bring a sports coat, however, because Tony Mantuano’s menu has only gotten more approachable and seasonally driven. Forget the hearty tomato sauces. Soft, delicate flavors abound. Expect veggie-centric antipasti, full-flavored pastas that are never heavy, and a small selection of entrées, including terrific whole-fish options for two. The wine list remains stunning, but the service now feels a bit rushed.

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-$69
Cuisine: Italian
Neighborhood: Gold Coast
Noteworthy: Child friendly
Wheelchair accessible
Hours: L Mon-Sat, D daily.
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