Cafe Spiaggia Gets a Face Lift


This gelato makes the world a better place.

Cafe Spiaggia recently got a face lift, and we mixed and mingled in the new space Tuesday night, sampling from the menu and sipping truly spectacular sparkling wines. Chef Tony Mantuano served up focaccia, kale chips, rainbow trout, sardines and a variety wood-fired thin crust pizzas. As we nibbled, we got to watch pasta making in progress.

Chef Tony Mantuano

Chef Tony Mantuano hangs out by the bar.

All of the food we tried was tasty, but the sardines were our hands down favorite until we discovered the gelato cart.  From that point on, we feasted on chocolate and vanilla gelato along with passion fruit and berry sorbet all of which was delectable.


The sardine was our favorite birdie bite.

Toward the end of the evening a pipe burst in the ceiling near the door of the cafe. Yikes! Here’s hoping that the appearance of this unexpected water feature didn’t do any permanent damage to the kitchen and decor because cafe Spiaggia is well worth seeking out when you’re on the mag mile. You’ll get a taste of Spiaggia goodness for a fraction of the price, and that alone is worth the stop. Not to mention that the cafe space has a nice feel to it… an oasis tucked away from the shopping madness.

Making Pasta

Pasta in progress.

If you’re in the mood to go high end, check out our review of Spiaggia.

Cafe Spiaggia
980 North Michigan Avenue
Second Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 280-2750

Serving Food

Serving up the goods.

This was a media event and we dined free-of-charge.