Café Spiaggia is re-opening today with a new look and new menus after closing for renovations a scant six weeks ago. Tony Mantuano wanted to "reinvigorate" the space and, judging by the pictures in our slideshow, that most certainly has happened.
The darker, dramatic décor of old has been replaced by light tones, marble tables and brass, bringing more sun into the space. White leather banquettes replace the previous deep red ones. Italian artwork has been replaced by framed photos. The track lighting is out in favor of molecular light displays.
The only dish from the dinner menu that remains is the gnocchi with wild boar ragu, which is a favorite of customers. Mantuano expects that "Emilia Romagna on a plate" (gnocco fritto, prosciutto di Parma, fonduta, balsamic, arugula) will become a hit as well. Piadinas, similar to wraps, are new to the lunch menu and come with either mortadella, ocean trout or pork shoulder. The idea is to share plates with Mantuano recommending two or three starters, two small pastas and one entrée for a table of two.
The all-new pastry menu, from Melanie Diamond-Manlusoc, includes gelato and a dish called conchiglia (brioche, Sicilian pistachio cream and fresh cherries). The wine selections focus on female wine makers across the globe and was revamped under wine director Rachael Lowe.
Take a stroll around the refreshed Café Spiaggia and read the full menus below.