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Tony Mantuano is one of the most famous chefs in the United States and was certainly one of those who led the way for the success of Italian cuisine in America with his restaurant Spiaggia, opened in 1984. Indeed, Mantuano had spent the previous year in Italy, with a significant experience in very important restaurants such as Dal Pescatore in Canneto sull'Oglio or Da Romano in Viareggio.
Also thanks to all the lessons learnt in the field, the success of his first restaurant was immediate. Tony Mantuano, however, was not satisfied with having the best Italian restaurant in Chicago for the past thirty years and one of the best in the country, but continued to create new restaurants.
So together with other family members, since quite a few years ago Mantuano is one of the owners of Mangia Trattoria, a very classic Italian establishment in his hometown, Kenosha, Wisconsin. He’s the chef and owner of Terzo Piano, a Mediterranean restaurant located inside the Chicago Art Institute. He’s also the chef and patron at Bar Toma, a pizzeria with a family atmosphere in the centre of Chicago.
In November 2013 he also opened Lorenzo, a casual-elegant restaurant in Miami. The list of new inventions also includes, since a few months ago, the first restaurant not to be inspired by Italian cuisine, namely the River Roast, in River North, Chicago, dedicated to a contemporary take on popular American cuisine.
Mantuano was proclaimed Best Chef in the Midwest in 2005 by the James Beard Foundation, a prize for which he also received many nominations. He’s also a very famous television star, the protagonist of two seasons of "Top Chef Masters", and the author of many cookery bestsellers. Among his greatest satisfactions as chef, however, there’s Barak Obama’s choice to celebrate his election as President in 2008 with a dinner at his very Spiaggia.
Journalist, based in Milan. At 8 years old, he received a Springsteen record as a gift, and nothing was the same since. Music and food are his passions. Author and broadcaster at Radio Popolare since 1997, since 2014 he became part of the staff of Identità Golose
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Missy Robbins, chef at Lilia in Brooklyn, and Fortunato Nicotra of Felidia, co-authors of the last lesson at Identità New York, edition n.10 (photos from Brambilla/Serrani)
To the right, Sarah Grueneberg, chef at Monteverde, the successful restaurant & pastificio in Chicago. Beside her, Eleonora Cozzella, who presented the ninth edition of Identità di pasta (photo Brambilla/Serrani)
Tony Mantuano, originally from Wisconsin, is patron chef at restaurant Spiaggia in Chicago since 1984, one Michelin star. In the same city he also owns Cafè Spiaggia, Purple Pig, Terzo Piano and River Roast (photos by Brambilla/Serrani)