Cafe Spiaggia

Overall Rating: 6.800

Address: 980 N Michigan Ave., Level 2
Cross Street(s): E Oak St., in the One Mag Mile building
City, State ZIP: Chicago, IL 60611
Neighborhood: Gold Coast
Phone: 312.280.2750
Hours: M-Th 11:30am-9:30pm; F-Sa 11:30am-10:30pm; Su 11:30am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 6
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: UNIC
Coffee Rating: 6.60
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 6
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $3.50
Last Update: 12/19/2011
First Reviewed: 12/23/2009
Notes: None

Up an office building lobby escalator to the second floor, you'll find both Spiaggia and Cafe Spiaggia. Both are the product of Chicago chef Tony Mantuano and represent some of the city's finer Italian food. The café is the less formal, less expensive sibling to the neighboring restaurant. Inside there are a number of small tables plus stool seating at a bar. Using a UNIC machine in the kitchen, they pull shots of espresso with a moderate, medium brown crema. It's a healthier crema than you'll find at most restaurants, even with Illy beans. It's also slightly more flavorful in the Illy realm of restaurant espresso - though it's the usual mild spices and wood. Served in Illy designer ACF cups with a biscotti on the side.