There have been rumors that Chef Mantuano of Spiaggia intended to leave Spiaggia for another project. However, Skeeter has learned that although Chef Mantuano will be opening up a location in South Beach called Enoteca Spiaggia, but he will still be based in Chicago.
Spiaggia is an incredible experience. Chef Mantuano takes Italian ingredients and techniques and turns out cuisine that is fresh and innovative. Spiaggia itself is an incredible space and the service is first class. It also has an amazing wine list. The Italian sparkling wines are a revelation -- until I dined at Spiaggia I was a Champagne snob. The wine program at Spiaggia really turned me on to great stuff.
A meal at Spiaggia is three to four hours well spent and it is great to know that the place will remain under Chef Mantuano's leadership.