Most often recognized as one of the Champions on season two of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” Chef Tony Mantuano is also internationally regarded as an influential culinary force. He is the chef/partner at Spiaggia, one of the country’s leading restaurants and Chicago’s only four-star Italian restaurant, and was awarded the 2005 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Midwest.
Bar Toma fills a long-time dream to create a casual Italian neighborhood trattoria, pizzeria and bar. In addition to Bar Toma and Spiaggia, his latest is chef/partner of Lorenzo, a casual elegant Italian restaurant in Miami adjacent to the Redbury South Beach Hotel that opened in November 2013. He is also chef/partner at Terzo Piano, a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant that utilizes fresh, local, organic ingredients to create seasonal menus at The Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago and he is the co-owner of his family’s Mangia Trattoria, a classic Italian restaurant in his hometown of Kenosha, Wis. Up next for Mantuano includes his first non-Italian restaurant in Chicago’s River North neighborhood in the historic Reid & Murdoch building. Set to open late spring 2014, the restaurant will offer a casual, social dining hall featuring rustic American fare.
In addition to his 2005 honor, Mantuano’s Spiaggia has also received James Beard Award nominations for Outstanding Restaurant in America in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2013, and for Outstanding Service in 2008, 2009, 2012. In September 2012 he was named part of the American Chef Corps and a 2012 State Chef by the U.S. Department of State and its new Culinary Diplomatic Partnership program. However, his favorite award was presented in April 2009, when he and Cathy Mantuano were bestowed the keys to San Martino in the Italian region of Molise for serving authentic Italian cuisine in America. He was also honored when President Barack Obama, a long-time Spiaggia guest, celebrated his presidential election victory at Spiaggia in 2008.
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