Spiaggia Restaurant & Lounge
Originally from Philadelphia, Chris Marchino has called Chicago home since 2006. In addition to a B.A. in sociology from Indiana University, Marchino has an associate's degree in culinary arts from The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, Le Cordon Bleu. After helping open D'Allesandro's in Charleston, South Carolina, Marchino made the career decision to become a chef. Since joining Spiaggia in 2008, he has worked his way up to his current position as executive chef, which he was named in January 2014.
Despite cooking Italian for almost 10 years, Marchino made his first trip to Italy in May 2012. Marchino's passion for Italian cuisine stems from his love of fresh and local ingredients, and his personal broad-spectrum enjoyment of foods, ranging from street food to fine dining. He returned to Italy in January 2014 for a three week trip around the country where he cooked in various kitchens in Rome, Florence, Venice and more. He used his collective learning from his travels as inspiration for creating the new dining room menus for the ReImagined Spiaggia that debuted May 23, 2014 after a nearly five month redesign of the restaurant. In August 2014, under Marchino’s direction, Spiaggia was re-awarded four stars by the Chicago Tribune, which continues to make it the only Italian restaurant in the city with the distinction.
Marchino was named a Zagat Chicago 30 Under 30 receipt in spring 2012 and most recently in January 2015 was awarded a Chicago Tribune Dining Award.