| 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...
| 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...
| Apr 15, 2011
| 12:56 PM
While making your weekend plans, don't forget to include Monday night.
Japanese-born Takashi Yagihashi is hosting a special dinner Monday at Takashi restaurant (1952 N. Damen Ave.) to benefit the victims of Japan's earthquake and subsequent tsunami....
| Jun 1, 2011
| 8:50 AM
Bistro 110 (110 E. Pearson St., 312-266-3110), a Gold Coast fixture since 1987, will bid adieu to Chicago on Aug. 4. The venerable bistro is making room for a new concept, led by chef Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia, Terzo Piano).
The as-yet-unnamed restaurant,...
| Aug 11, 2011
To corrupt an old saying, the good Lord never closes a condo without opening a bungalow.
Berwyn is on the rise. The financial crisis has turned the near west suburb into a hot spot of affordable housing, and young couples and families are crowding in....
| Jan 9, 2012
Who eats: A mixture of businesspeople, museum visitors and diners taking it easy with a glass of wine.
Why eat: It's a chance to sample Spiaggia chef Tony Mantuano's cuisine while enjoying Michigan Avenue views from atop the Modern Wing of the Art...
| Jan 27, 2012
| 1:49 PM
110 E. Pearson St. 312-266-3110
Rating: !!! (out of four) Off to a good start
The scene: Spiaggia chef Tony Mantuano’s new Italian bar and eatery in the old Bistro 110 space just off Michigan Avenue is a good enough reason for locals to...
| Feb 8, 2012
| 8:57 PM
For the first 11 episodes of Top Chef, Beverly Kim’s journey was a Greek tragedy. Castigated, chastised, verbally beaten down by fellow contestants, she was booted in an episode where no one deserved elimination.
In that Charlize Theron-starred...
| Feb 29, 2012
| 8:41 PM
The final showdown on "Top Chef: Texas" pitted a Texan against a Chicagoan raised in Texas.
And sorry to disappoint, y'all, but it was Austin-based chef Paul Qui who won the title on Wednesday's finale over Chicagoan chef Sarah Grueneberg of award-...
| Mar 1, 2012
| 8:54 AM
Spiaggia chef Sarah Grueneberg didn’t win the title on “Top Chef: Texas,” but she did make an impressive showing on last night’s finale. The judges said that her and winner Paul Qui’s food was perhaps the best in the show&...
| Sep 22, 2011
| 10:16 AM
The fourth annual Chicago Gourmet food and wine festival, running Saturday and Sunday at Millennium Park, is just a couple of days away. If you're planning to go, and really you should. here's some useful information:
Getting in: There's a second...