Located in the striking One Magnificent Mile building, there are many reasons why Spiaggia remains one of the city's most beloved Italian restaurants. There are high-end bells and whistles aplenty, but to hear the staff recite the effort and intricacies behind, say, the culurgiones is to compel you to order them. Good-looking groups and cozy couples with a glass of wine in hand make up most of the crowd here. Bread is a noteworthy assortment, including a dark ash loaf with a crusty exterior begging to be smeared with honey-drizzled whipped ricotta. Mafaldine pasta is especially delectable with tender shredded lamb belly; while the salmon, in a fennel cream studded with salmon roe, will have you wishing for seconds. The rabarbaro dessert is a delicate cheesecake dressed with rhubarb sorbet. Of course, if the many tempting options prove too much, opt for the tasting menu, which delivers all of the highlights without any of the decision making. All in all, to dine at Spiaggia is to celebrate a Chicago grande-dame. The stunning dining room is designed with marble columns and alcoves to enhance its dramatic views, thereby making it an idyllic spot to appreciate the Magnificent Mile by night.
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