A year after revamping Italian stalwart Spiaggia, Tony Mantuano turned his attention to the laid-back café, refreshing the space and revamping the menu. The bright, airy room is a lovely spot for pasta, like thick strands of bucatini in a spicy ‘nduja sauce. The lunch menu veers casual, while dinner is for dates, as entrees are meant for two—share a whole roasted branzino while taking in views of Michigan Avenue.
It was a busy summer food season, with dozens of new spots joining the already vibrant Chicago restaurant scene. Among the openings, a few places stood out—the second location of one of the best Chicago pizza spots, a freshly revamped Italian restaurant, a new food program at a bar and more. Add these five spots to your fall dining itinerary.