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Dec 11, 2007 05:42 PM

Casual dress, fantastic food? Cafe Spiaggia/one sixtyblue

We're having dinner Saturday night at one sixtyblue. Never been there, but from previous postings, business casual and/or something a little hipper than that looks OK -- no coat or tie required. Am I reading that right?

And I'm wondering about Cafe Spiaggia. I'd assume coat and tie are de rigeur for its upscale sibling, but would nice jeans be OK at the cafe on a Thursday night? I'm jonesing for some homemade pasta, but we'll just have arrived in the city and probably won't be up for anything fancy.


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  1. I've never been to Cafe Spiaggia (I would assume jeans would be alright because of the cafe moniker), but you'll definitely be comfortable at one sixty blue in business casual or the hipper equivalent.

    1. You'll have an excellent experience at both places, and jeans are acceptable as well. Enjoy!

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      1. re: blondie60614

        onesixtyblue is a hidden gem.. you'll love it. lots of really original preparations of everyday dishes.

        1. re: doublesuited77

          You're so right about onesixtyblue -- the food was fantastic. Although hidden is right: We were there during a big snowstorm in mid-December and could hardly get a cab back to our hotel! I will say that the service left a bit to be desired. I don't like hovering service, but we had to flag down the hostess when we had a problem with one of our entrees because our server disappeared. Maybe it's because we were seated along the windows instead of in the main part of the room -- it felt a bit like Siberia. But I'd still recommend it for the food alone. And as for Cafe Spiaggia -- some of the best pasta I've ever had. I had linguini with scallops, DH had a wild boar ragu that I was about ready to steal out from under him. Good service, nice vibe on a cold winter's night. One of my favorite places in Chicago.