From 5 courses to 25, these tasting menus can but don’t have to last all night
Between surprise courses, generous wine pours, and Instagram-worthy moments aplenty, there’s much to love about tasting menus. And with more than 20 Michelin-starred restaurants in Chicago now, there’s no shortage of them, at that.
The only problem with the prix fixe? When they go on — and on. Then on some more.
To help ensure diners know exactly what kind of menu experience they’re signing up for, timing is of the essence. Whether it’s a last minute, mid-week meal, or an all-out, Saturday night splurge, here are eight of the best tasting menus around town to try now — listed by shortest to longest.
- Spiaggia (5 Courses, 1.5 Hours) 2nd Floor, Suite 1, 980 N Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 280-2750 Visit Website Chef and partner Tony Mantuano opened this Michigan Avenue institution more than 30 years ago, and ever since then it’s gained a loyal following (including fans like the Obamas) for its modern takes on upscale Italian. Couple that with a recent “Top Chef” win for executive chef Joe Flamm, and there’s more reason now than ever to sample through the seasonal and regional fare it does best. For spring, that means plates like the aglio e olio (a ramp pasta dough filled with parmesan and spicy olive oil) or the wild boar chop (with vin santo glaze, morels, and charred spring onions). Try them in the five-course or eight-course offering, which can be paired alongside two kinds of wine menus from beverage director Rachael Lowe — the global, featuring wines from around the world, or the reserve Italian, a medley of regional showstoppers.