Big Heat 2018: Chicago’s Food and Drink Fifty

Big Heat 2018: Chicago’s Food and Drink Fifty

Tony Mantuano Chef Getting Chicagoans to love authentic Italian food isn’t hard, but try doing it at the level that Tony Mantuano supplies across so many projects. In addition to chef and partner roles at Spiaggia, River Roast and Terzo Piano, Mantuano is involved in partnerships with Disney in Orlando and, until earlier this year, a restaurant in his Kenosha hometown. This year, he’s opening another spot in a Disney theme park (Terralina Crafted Italian in Disney Springs) as well as a baseball-themed restaurant in collaboration with Cubs manager Joe Maddon. He’s also cooking, tasting and penning his way through another cookbook with wife and author Cathy Mantuano. “What about cooking gives me joy?” he asks. “Working with such passionate young professionals and reproducing flavors from when I worked in Italy and from my grandma’s cooking.”

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