Café Spiaggia and its adjacent more formal sister restaurant Spiaggia are located on the Mag Mile. The cuisine in both restaurants is Italian and prepared under the direction of highly acclaimed master chef Tony Mantuano. The Café is divided into two dining areas that are well appointed and very comfortable.
On a recent Sunday evening our party of three arrived shortly before our reservation time and were immediately seated in a nicely located booth. We then sampled the table bread, Parmesan crisps, and the Italian olive oil. The bread was of the soft variety that paired very well with the olive oil that I found to be exceptionally flavorsome. The Parmesan crisps were somewhat unique and appealing.
We then shared a small plate of the Burrata (burrata cheese, eggplant and peppers) and an order of the Tagliatelle ai funghi (tagliagtelle pasta, cremini and porchini mushrooms, Bolognese sauce, peas, and Parmesan cheese). Both were very well prepared with fresh ingredients and delicious, but the Tagliatelle was superb. The Bolognese sauce, which was vegetarian, was extremely tasty and the pasta was very flavorful and cooked to perfection.
For our entrées we had the Salmone (salmon, Tuscan beans, fennel, artichokes, and fingerling potatoes), the Porchetta (pork shoulder, rapinini, peppers, and shallots on a bed of polenta), and the Pollo (chicken breast, ramps, hazelnuts, romesco sauce on a bed of polenta). Again, all the dishes were very well made with fresh ingredients and extremely delectable. The salmon and the pork shoulder were outstanding and the chicken was excellent.
For dessert we shared the Gelati (a selection of three flavors of gelato out of a choice of seven) and the Tartelleta (a chocolate tart with meringue and banana gelato). Both were really good and we devoured them in a flash.
The service was topnotch – professional and attentive but not intrusive.
Café Spiaggia is located in the most attractive section of the city. The food is of the highest quality that is served in a relaxed setting with superior service. Prices are a bit high but considering all that it offers, this restaurant is definitely worth the cost. Café Spiaggia is strongly recommended, especially for special occasions.