This place has been on everyone's "Must Dine" list from the time they opened their doors. Overall, Dante rates a Plus Plus. Located in Tremont, it sets in a neighborhood of upscale new-menu eateries and old world casual establishments. perfectly suited to a pub crawl or an evening of serial fine dining. The building, itself,was once a bank, and customers can arrange for a private table right in the middle of the vault. The decor is a pleasing blend of old wood, plaster sculpted ceilings and modern accents, both bright and mellow. The only negative is the absence of a true lounge area. A modern bar with a coupe tables is pleasantly functional, but not what would be considered inviting of an evening of a cocktails and quiet conversation. My guest and I arrived early enough to take advantage of the interesting, well prepared and reasonably priced Happy Hour appetizer and beverage offerings. Moving to the main dining room we found a menu structured a l'Italiano, with appetizers, soup/first and second/pasta plates as well as veggie/meat/fish entrees and desserts. Pasta may also be ordered in entree portions. We chose salmon and scallops as our main courses, each accompanied by a tasty vegetable side,preceded by split pea and green pea soup a quinoa mushroom appetizer and a tasting portion of pasta carbonara served with a poached egg. Neither of us was up for dessert, but definitely looking forward to trying same on another occasion. I did, however, avail myself of the opportunity of enjoying an icy-cold limoncello, and a cup of very good coffee.
Service was friendly without being silly, and professional without giving the impression that we should be grateful they allowed us to come in and spend our money.Needless to say, Dante's outstanding rep remains intact. Cost was, as expected pricey, but not exorbitant.