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Thursday, November 18, 6-7:30pm

Housed on the third floor of the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago, Terzo Piano is a natural extension of Renzo Piano’s art gallery aesthetic.  The interior, designed by Dirk Denison of Dirk Denison Architects, is dazzling white-on-white, with spidery chairs by George Nelson and display vitrines that present a rotating selection of art. Join Denison and executive chef Tony Mantuano for a discussion of how Denison’s sleek design complements Mantuano’s contemporary Italian cuisine, while enjoying a sampling of menu items.

COST $45 CAF Members; $55 non-members
LOCATION Terzo Piano, the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing Entrance, 159 East Monroe Street, 3rd Floor, Chicago




Tony Mantuano

Since opening the critically acclaimed Spiaggia more than 20 years ago, Executive Chef Tony Mantuano has become one of the most celebrated chefs in Chicago. In 2005, after three previous nominations, he received the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef Midwest Award for his innovative approach to Italian cuisine.
Under Chef Mantuano’s guidance, Spiaggia Restaurant itself has received several nominations from the James Beard Foundation: for Outstanding Restaurant in 2006 and 2007 and for Outstanding Service in 2008. Prior to opening Spiaggia, Chef Mantuano developed his craft at several Michelin-starred restaurants in Italy, including the three-star Dal Pescatore in Lombardia and the renowned Da Romano.

Dirk Denison

Dirk Denison, FAIA, founded Dirk Denison Architects in 1990. Since then, he has received widespread critical recognition in publications and awards for his built work, conceptual design work, and expertise. Denison is also a professor at the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology.  In 2005 Dirk was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, the Institute’s preeminent acknowledgment for contributions to the profession. Dirk received his Master of Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design where he studied under the guidance of Daniel Libeskind, Peter Eisenman and Henry Cobb, and his Bachelor of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology.



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