So we sat down in the narrow and quiet dining room, enjoyed a glass of the 2005 Foja Tonda Albino Armani (Veneto), and took in the view of N. Michigan Ave.
Olive oil from Tuscany specially made for Spiaggia with house-made flatbread. We loved the Parmesan cheese on the crispy and flaky flatbread.
Hand crafted chitarra ($17) with olive oil poached tuna, capers, olives, San Marzano tomatoes, and oregano. This dish had a nice salty taste with a little spice. The homemade pasta was excellent and the sauce was light.
Perciatelle (thin hollow pasta, $18) with La Quercia guanciale (pork jowl), onions, garlic, basil, and Calabrian peppers. This homemade pasta was thicker and tubular in shape. This was a wonderfully rustic and substantial meal.
Tiramisu ($9) with double espresso ($5.50): This dessert was so light and delicious. The mascarpone cheese and the illy espresso-soaked lady fingers had great texture and flavor.
Cafe Spiaggia is located at 980 North Michigan Ave in Chicago, IL.