2014: Looking pretty good for one of the above.
Reacquaint yourself with Spiaggia, which closed in January only to be thoroughly modernized, remodeled and outfitted with the latest in caviar-delivery devices, reopening Friday.
Okay, it’s not thoroughly changed. Chef/partner/founder/pasta genius Tony Mantuano still has that gnocchi swimming in ricotta cream. Everything else, though... let’s take a look.
Then: Floor-to-ceiling windows, views of Oak and Michigan, three tiers of seating. Very, very tan.
Now: White porcelain floors, a 1,700-bottle wine cellar as the entrance, a laid-back front bar conveniently outfitted with power outlets. It’s also conveniently outfitted with Bee’s Knees cocktails served in honey jars.
Then: Elaborate meals revolving around pasta, caviar and black truffles.
Now: Well, all of that. But entirely different. The new chef serves caviar on inflated balloons of mozzarella, for instance. You’ll adjust.
Then: Needed them.
Now: Still do. But there’s a new no-reservations “come as you are” lounge. We suggest you come with a date prepared to order carbonara by the gram.
The Dress Code
Then: Gentlemen needed a jacket.
Now: No jacket required.
Hey, bring Phil Collins.