Editor's note: Spiaggia is closed for renovations and expected to re-open in April 2014
Spiaggia continues its reign as one of this town's premiere dining destinations, Italian or otherwise. Nominated for the prestigious James Beard Outstanding Restaurant Award in 2006, chef Tony Mantuano (who took home the James Beard Award for Best Chef--Midwest in 2005) prepares seasonally specific tasting menus (including a pasta tasting menu) and a la carte options. The lavish decor is perfectly suited for Mantuano's elegant offerings. The dining room boasts rich fabrics, warm woods and Italian chandeliers. Sure, the price is high, but with a breathtaking vista of Lake Michigan--tiered so that every table gets a good view--it's worth every penny when you want a place to impress.