Cafe Spiaggia | Gold Coast/Mag Mile/Streeterville | Italian | Restaurant

Cafe Spiaggia Recommended

Hours: Lunch: Monday-Saturday; dinner: seven days

Price: $$$

Access to Tony Mantuano's marvelous Italian cooking at prices much more affordable than those of its famous neighbor, Spiaggia. The addition of small plates for sharing makes it even more accessible.

Restaurant Details

Like a Himayalan peak, Tony Mantuano’s peerless Spiaggia is heartbreakingly out of reach of the average Joe with an appreciation for real Italian food, but at the neighboring cafe he can at least summit the foothills. The relatively affordable room shares many of the main dining room’s bewitching attributes—-the same view over the Mag Mile and the lake, access to the top-notch cheese cave and wine list, plates of the best handmade pasta in the city, impeccable and informed service. Not every bite will weaken your knees the way it would next door, but for the money you get plenty of them.

Mike Sula

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Price: $$$

Payment Type: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa