Tony Mantuano

Chef, Restaurateur


Tony Mantuano may be recognized as a Top Chef Masters alum, but he’s also an influential force when it comes to the restaurant world. He’s the chef and partner of one of the best Italian restaurants in Chicago, Spiaggia, which he opened in 1984. After publishing his books, The Spiaggia Cookbook and Wine Bar Food, Mantuano opened Terzo Piano inside the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing. And in November 2011, he opened Bar Toma in Chicago’s Gold Coast. Although Mantuano was named a part of the American Chef Corps in 2012, the award closest to his heart was received in April 2009 when he and his wife, Cathy, were presented with the keys to San Martino, Italy, for serving authentic Italian cuisine in America. Mantuano opened his newest restaurant, Lorenzo, in November 2013 — this time in South Beach.