America’s Best Italian Food Italian food is an undeniable part of the American dining landscape. Nearly every neighborhood has its own red sauce joint, run by a local nonna who’s been cooking up her famous lasagna the same way for decades. But today’s modern Italian restaurants strive for something more, like handmade pastas, rustic regional recipes and exquisite surroundings.
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Spiaggia Restaurant Review: After more than three decades and a major floor-to-ceiling renovation, much has changed at this super-luxe Italian restaurant. Gone, for instance, are the white linen tablecloths and the strict, jackets-required dress code policy, allowing for a more relaxed and casual dining experience. Yet some things never change, and the quality of the food — as reflected in its high price tag — endures. With a menu made almost entirely from scratch (pasta included), the difference in taste is evident when stacked against competitors. Seafood options stand out, as do the tasting menus (five courses for $105, eight courses for $155, plus optional wine pairings). The à la carte menu might present such inspirations as duck breast, strawberry, rhubarb, Swiss chard and fennel, continuing to a dry-aged porterhouse, truffle hollandaise, potato and spring onion with nasturtium. Accordingly, the array of cheeses is vast. Gold leaf adorns an indulgent Italian-style opera torte with salted caramel gelato. The wine list offers unique Italian selections rarely seen in Chicago. The tab is a small price to pay, we say, for the view from the tiered dining room with its panoramas of Oak Street Beach and the lake.