Tony Mantuano » Chef/Partner, The Purple Pig: Chef/Partner, Spiaggia
Regarded internationally as an influential culinary force, Chef Tony Mantuano is the Chef/Partner at Spiaggia, the only four-star Italian restaurant in Chicago. Awarded the 2005 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Midwest, Mantuano worked in several Michelin-starred restaurants in Italy before opening Spiaggia in 1984 to critical acclaim, and has since gone on to win The Chicago Tribune's highest culinary prize, The Good Eating Award, and named a Food & Wine Best New Chef in 1986.
Mantuano's other ventures include Mangia Trattoria in his hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin and as the Chef/Partner of Terzo Piano at The Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Mantuano's first cookbook, "The Spiaggia Cookbook," was lauded by Food & Wine magazine as one of the top 25 cookbooks of 2004. In 2008, Mantuano co-authored "Wine Bar Food" with wife Cathy, which was the inspiration for WINE BAR FOOD outposts at the 2008, 2009 and 2010 U.S. Open Tennis Championships.
Mantuano was most recently seen in the Champions round on season two of Bravo's "Top Chef Masters." He has made numerous television appearances including "NIGHTLINE," The TODAY Show," "The Early Show," and "The Martha Stewart Show" and has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Food & Wine, Wine Spectator and Bon Appétit, among others. He is a frequent contributor to local Chicago media, television and radio stations.
In addition to his 2005 honor, Mantuano's Spiaggia also received James Beard Foundation nominations for Outstanding Restaurant in America in 2006, 2007 and 2010 and for Outstanding Service in 2008 and 2009. In April 2009, the Mantuanos were honored with the keys to San Martino in the Italian region of Molise (the ancestral home of Cathy Mantuano) for serving authentic Italian cuisine to President Barack Obama, a long-time guest who celebrated his presidential election victory at Spiaggia in 2008.