Slideshow: First Look: Bar Toma

Lorenzo Pizza ($14)
Lorenzo Pizza ($14)
Though the menu is huge, pizza takes up a good chunk of it. Tony Mantuano admitted that the inspiration for the pies came not from Naples but from Rome. The Lorenzo is topped with fresh mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, pancetta, and basil.
Power Pizza ($14)
Power Pizza ($14)
The pizza is very thin, but there is still an impressive cornicione. As you can tell by the upskirt, the pizza gets a decent amount of char.
Clam Pizza ($16)
Clam Pizza ($16)
The pizza is topped with littleneck clams, garlic, chiles, and pecorino Romano. In a final dramatic flourish, a whole bushel of dried oregano is brought to the table and the waiter uses the pizza cutter to sprinkle the herb on.
Pizza Bar
Pizza Bar
The seats directly face the large pizza oven in the center of the room.
Dough Machine
Dough Machine
Mantuano imported this dough machine from Italy. Instead of just one spinning hook, the machine uses two arms. For that reason, it has already been dubbed "the monkey" by the staff.
Insalata di Mare ($15)
Insalata di Mare ($15)
The seafood salad includes conch, octopus, squid, and shrimp.
Effy's Seared Mortadella ($8)
Effy's Seared Mortadella ($8)
The house-made mortadella is topped with giardinera—a pickled vegetable mix.
Booth Seating
Booth Seating
There are no reservations, unless you have a table for 10 or more.
Mozzarella Tub
Mozzarella Tub
Bar Toma has its own mozzarella bar in the back. The mozzarella is hand-pulled in the restaurant and then tossed in water. The burrata is imported from Italy.
Gelato
Gelato
Much like Cafe Spiaggia, Bar Toma will serve a full range of gelato.
Bar Toma
Bar Toma
Tony Mantuano's latest project opens today by the Chicago Water Tower. Called Bar Toma, it features a mix small snacks, pizzas, salads, along with cocktails, espresso, and loads of wine.