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Scenes from the 'Chefs' Playground' at Terzo Piano

Chicago Chelsea Ross 1 comment

Last week, Terzo Piano hosted a Chefs' Playground, which featured celebrity chefs cook their gourmet plates right in front of you, including Rick Bayless, Paul Kahan, Bill Kim, Sarah Grueneberg, and many, many more. More

Tony Mantuano's Pea, Bacon and Pecorino

Serious Eats Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

As good as peas are, rare is it when they get to take the limelight. But leave it to Tony Mantuano, chef of Chicago's Spiaggia, to give the petite spring vegetable its due. This recipe calls for fresh peas, pea shoots, pea sprouts, and sugar snap peas. All this makes for one bright green, crisp, and fresh salad. More

Chicago: Tony Mantuano Gets Serious About Pizza at Bar Toma

Slice Daniel Zemans 10 comments

With a location steps from the Magnificent Mile and across the street from Water Tower, Chef Tony Mantuano's Bar Toma would be doing extraordinarily well based on his star power and the location, even if the restaurant served frozen dinners. Fortunately, Mantuano did not rest on his laurels, delivering some seriously delicious pizzas that should have locals fighting tourists for tables. More

Chicago: More Hits Than Misses at Cafe Spiaggia

Slice Daniel Zemans 2 comments

Chef Tony Mantuano may be primarily known as the creator of some of the best upscale Italian food in America, but the man is undoubtedly a pizza fan. Four of his restaurants serve pizza, each with a different style. The pies at Cafe Spiaggia have elements of greatness but also some flaws that aren't apparent in at least two of his other ventures. More

First Look: Bar Toma

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 11 comments

Tony Mantuano's Bar Toma opens today in the Gold Coast. But don't let the "bar" in the title confuse you; this place is massive, feeling like every bar experience Mantuano loved in Italy jammed into one space. He did, after all, write a book on the subject. In fact, there are numerous different bars here, including an espresso bar, mozzarella bar, pizza bar, and a regular bar with cocktails and wine. More

Cook the Book: Grilled Marinated Lamb Chops with Giant White Beans

Serious Eats Lucy Baker Post a comment

I used to work at a wine bar that served a chilled, red Greek wine in the summer called the Hatzimichalis Fresco Nouveau. Made from the Greek Mavroudi grape, it tasted a lot like a light Beaujolais. Refreshing and fruity,... More

Cook the Book: Italian Almond Cake

Serious Eats Lucy Baker Post a comment

When it comes to eating cake, sharing is the pits. Instead of slowly savoring a slice, you end up fighting over the last few forkfuls. Who will get the final crumbs? It's a race to the finish. The best thing... More

Cook the Book: Rice Balls Stuffed with Lamb, Spinach, and Cheese

Serious Eats Lucy Baker Post a comment

When I was 17, I spent the summer in Italy. After traveling through Rome, Florence, Milan, and Venice, I lived with a host family in Sicily for a month. I kept a journal while I was there, and wrote in... More

Cook the Book: White Asparagus Salad

Serious Eats Lucy Baker 1 comment

Today's Cook the Book recipe, excerpted from Wine Bar Food, calls for—gasp!—jarred asparagus. While that may seem strange given the current abundance of fresh spring produce, hear me out: these aren't any old canned vegetables. Jarred white asparagus is a... More

Cook the Book: Falafel Crab Cakes

Serious Eats Lucy Baker 2 comments

I was once helped to edit a cookbook devoted entirely to crab cakes, so I considered myself somewhat of an expert on the subject of pan-fried shellfish patties. Dungeness or Chesapeake, cracker crumbs or panko, to Old Bay or not... More

Cook the Book: Wine Bar Food

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When it comes paring food with wine, cheese is just the beginning. All over Europe, in cities like Seville, Barcelona, Lisbon, and Athens, wine bars match native grapes with small dishes made from local ingredients. Perfect for afternoon or after-work, these plates are straightforward, robust, and meant to be shared. In Wine Bar Food, this week's Cook the Book selection, Cathy Mantuano and Tony Mantuano, award-winning chef of Chicago's Spiaggia, show you how to recreate these rustic Mediterranean dishes in your own kitchen, and offer tips on choosing interesting, affordable bottles. Don't worry if your supermarket's international aisle leaves much to be desired—these recipes are more about fun and flavor than exacting authenticity. Pour yourself a glass and get cooking!... More

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