| Feb 25, 2014
| 12:31 PM
Chefs Tony Mantuano and John Hogan have been friends for 25 years. Now they're about to become co-workers.
Mantuano, who also heads up Spiaggia, Bar Toma and Terzo Piano, announced that the restaurant he's opening in River North (at 315 N. LaSalle St.,...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 6:07 PM
Calling all chefs: Bravo’s “Top Chef” is coming to Chicago.
There will be a casting call for the 12th season of the cooking competition Feb. 24 at Spiaggia (For those who don’t know, Spiaggia chef and partner Tony Mantuano...
| Feb 16, 2014
| 4:11 PM
Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney opted for a more casual dinner on Valentine’s Day.
The pop icon and “Chicago Fire” star had dinner Friday at Cafe Spiaggia on the Magnificent Mile. Gaga celebrated her birthday last year at Cafe Spiaggia's...
| Jan 15, 2014
Levy Restaurants has temporarily closed Spiaggia for renovations and is bringing a new concept to Fulton's on the River's space.
Spiaggia will reopen for its 30th anniversary in April with a redesigned dining room, which chef Tony Mantuano said will...
| Nov 17, 2013
We're supposed to be husky, brawling, big-shouldered. Not whiny, defensive, thin-skinned.
What diminishes Chicago's image, its standing, its brand is not a TV comedian's critique of local cuisine, experts concluding a tall building is no longer the...
| Sep 13, 2013
2075 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-525-2522
This neighborhood bistro pleases all kinds of palates, thanks to chef Jason Paskewitz's brand of American cuisine with a touch of Mediterranean flavor.
52 W. Elm St. 312-573-4000
| Sep 13, 2013
1729 N. Halsted St. 312-337-6070
With Steppenwolf and The Royal George Theatre just down the street, this dining room makes a stunning setting for a pre-theater dinner or date. Former Charlie Trotter's chef Giuseppe Tentori changes the contemporary...
| Sep 17, 2013
Q: How can the home cook make gelato?
—Jack Kane, Chicago
A: Yes, the home cook can make gelato. The process is pretty much the way you'd make ice cream at home. Just follow the instructions that come with your ice cream maker.
| Aug 8, 2013
It used to be that going to a museum for the food was like going to Wrigley Field for the baseball. They offered a version of the thing in question, sure, but you were pretty likely to be disappointed.
But these days, most Chicago cultural...
| Jun 1, 2013
| 5:57 AM
The City of Chicago today released the names of the 35 restaurants that will be participating in this year's Taste of Chicago, held July 10-14 in Grant Park.
There are a lot of familiar faces in the lineup, including Eli's Cheesecake (which has never...
| Jun 27, 2013
The heat of summer 2013 took its sweet time arriving this year, even though summer officially began only last week. But as anyone in Chicago can tell you, the weather doesn't have to be ideal to make outdoor dining appealing.
Chicagoans, perhaps because...
| Jun 13, 2013
Summer is the sweet season for restaurants. Fresh produce is abundant, daylight lasts longer and restaurants are busier and bigger (with the addition of outdoor seats) than at any other time of the year.
So once again I'm trotting out my Summer Eating...