after checking in at the james hotel, our first stop on our two day chicago getaway was lunch at cafe spiaggia. the cafe, located on the second floor of an office building on michigan avenue, is the the casual sibling of the more upscale restaurant simply called spiaggia. both places share the same kitchen, and feature italian cooking from chef/partner tony mantuano. the cafe is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, while the main house offers only dinner.
we were quickly greeted by our server, a middle aged man, who poured water and went over the menu with us. we were left to look things over, and put in our order when he returned five minutes later.