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Tony Mantuano


James Beard Award winner Tony Mantuano is an influential culinary force, a chef who has been on the ground floor of defining true Italian cuisine in the United States.

In addition to his role as chef-partner at Michelin Star restaurant Spiaggia, Mantuano is the chef-partner at River Roast, situated on the Chicago River; Terzo Piano, a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant at The Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago; Terralina Crafted Italian, a waterfront Italian restaurant located in Disney Springs set to open this Winter; and the owner of Mangia Trattoria, a classic Italian restaurant in his hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Mantuano is a recipient of the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Midwest and The Chicago Tribune’s Good Eating Award, which honors achievement in the food and restaurant industry.

Outside of the kitchen, Mantuano is often recognized for his participation on season two of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters.”

Other projects include cookbook collaborations with Cathy Mantuano, a wine expert and former manager of Spiaggia. The husband and wife team authored “The Spiaggia Cookbook” and “Wine Bar Food.”

More about Tony Mantuano

What is your ultimate comfort food?: My grandmas braised pork neck bone with tomatoes, garlic and chilies If you weren't a chef, what would you be?: Goat Farmer What three things are always in your pantry?: Extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Italian san marzano tomatoes If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?: My better half, cookbook co-author and wife, Cathy Mantuano