Tuesday, August 26

Swanky Spiaggia Lounge


The newly redesigned Italian restaurant, Spiaggia reopened at the end of May. The Chicago classic, which first opened in 1984, got a major aesthetic facelift and has never looked better. The restaurant itself is divided into separate spaces for private events, a main dining room, a cafe, and a lounge. I stopped by the Spiaggia Lounge to check out the new space, and enjoy some drinks and bites.

The lounge is a stunning, smaller space overlooking the main dining room, which has gigantic floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Michigan Avenue and Oak Street. It's the perfect spot for grabbing drinks after work, or enjoying some light appetizers before dinner.

Executive Chef Chris Marchino offers a selection of pastas, meats, and cheeses that pair nicely with a variety of cocktails, Italian wines, and beers.



I need to get me one of these cheese fridges!
One of the cocktails I sampled was Mantuano and the Band Cork, named after Chef/Partner Tony Mantuano. It included Wansas reposado tequila, grapefruit-infused Aperol, Lillet blanc, and prosecco. It even came with a "The Manutano" napkin!

Mantuano and the Band Cork
I also tried the Summer Smash with bourbon, apricot, and mint. It was almost too pretty to drink...almost.

Summer Smash
Spiaggia Lounge is a wonderful option if you're looking to unwind with a drink or two, and you have a passion for good meats and cheeses (who doesn't?). I guarantee the space will make you feel like a million bucks!

Note: my experience at Spiaggia Lounge was complimentary, however, the opinions expressed herein are my own.

Spiaggia Lounge
www.spiaggiarestaurant.com
980 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
312.280.2750
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