September 3, 2014 user

Tony Mantuano’s River Roast Restaurant: A rare taste of rustic England

Since restaurateur extraordinaire and award-winning super chef Tony Mantuano unveiled his latest surprise creation, Chicago’s River Roast, guests have lined up to enjoy this unique and succulent dining concept.

River Roast is a rare taste of old rustic England, transported to America’s beloved Second City, where diners can feast on the finest of classic roasted meats as they look out from a coveted perch in the beautiful Reid Murdoch building over picturesque views of The Chicago River and the glittering city skyline.

The exciting concept was cooked up by Tony, his longtime friend and executive chef John Hogan and general manager Terry Kane, in association with Levy Restaurants, and was inspired by Tony’s many trips to England and his close observations of the old country’s traditional and time-proven roasting techniques.

“John and I have wanted to do something together for years,” says Tony. “River Roast is the perfect opportunity for us to combine creative forces and produce something truly unique to the Chicago culinary scene.”

Tony and John offer a menu showcasing contemporary American tavern fare with roasts of chicken, whole fish and beef; all hand carved tableside and served with crisp potatoes.  Starters include John’s signature charcuterie board, oysters and lobster sliders along with table snacks like bourbon caramel corn and house pickles. The menu will also offer side dishes, such as John’s peas with pearl onions, bacon and bibb lettuce and turnips au gratin with housemade ricotta.

The highlight of lunch are the meats from The Roost, River Roast’s quick serve carving stand open daily starting at 11am. The weekend brunch menu offers the best of both the kitchen and the bar with innovative dishes and hand-crafted brunch cocktails.

Actually, make that two bars, offering a large selection of local beer, craft cocktails and wine. Beverage Director Jecha creates beer cocktails alongside cold drafts, wine, cocktails and tea.

And there’s more than enough room for parties of any size. Six private event spaces are available to accommodate groups from 10 to 1,000 for corporate events, wedding receptions and celebrations.

If Tony’s credentials are anything to go by, it’s no surprise River Roast has been such a success.

As well as numerous prestigious awards, Tony is the author of three celebrated cookbooks, was a popular contestant on TV’s “Top Chef  Masters,” and has numerous other successful restaurants to his credit, including Spiaggia, one of the country’s leading restaurants and Chicago’s only four-star Italian restaurant, along with Bar Toma, Terzo Piano, and Mangia Trattoria, a classic Italian restaurant in his hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Partner John Hogan was executive chef at Kiki’s Bistro, which was named the favorite restaurant of Chicago chefs in a survey conducted by Chicago magazine, and opened Savarin, a unique French/Parisian restaurant that was named one of America’s Top 50 Restaurants by Travel + Leisure, one of the Best New Restaurants in Chicago magazine, and Best Restaurant of The Year in 1999 by Esquire magazine.

River Roast is open daily for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. It is located at 315 N. LaSalle, and is taking reservations on Open Table and via phone at (312) 822-0100.

To find out more about River Roast, click here

Tony Mantuano © 2014 Galdones Photography/Taste Network

Tony Mantuano © 2014 Galdones Photography/Taste Network

Executive Chef John Hogan © 2014 Galdones Photography/Taste Network

Executive Chef John Hogan © 2014 Galdones Photography/Taste Network

The River Roast Team © 2014 Galdones Photography/Taste Network

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