The Cubs could use some home cooking after the last-place Reds swept them over the weekend in Cincinnati and Spiaggia chef Tony Mantuano will give fans his spin on Italian food starting on Friday at Wrigley Field. Mantuano’s stadium residency goes from Friday through July 8 as he makes his stadium culinary debut as part of the Wrigley Field Chef Series. He follows up Stephanie Izard (Girl & the Goat) who led off this season’s offerings earlier in June.
Mantuano should do well to get used to the Friendly Confines. The acclaimed chef, who has cooked for former President Obama and VP Joe Biden, is opening a restaurant with Cubs manager Joe Maddon outside the stadium. They haven’t released a name, but the menu will be heavy on Italian food. It’ll either open in September or sometime in 2019.
While fans wait for the new restaurant, they can sample Mantuano’s food at a stand down right field. He’s serving four food items and a special cocktail. After Mantuano’s stint, chef Rick Bayless returns for a second year. His residency begins on July 19. Check out Mantuano’s menu below.