We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
WINNER WONDERLAND
Win Big When You Book on TripAdvisor

“A very nice surprise” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dante and Ivana

Dante and Ivana
Ranked #24 of 63 Restaurants in Tirrenia
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Lucca
Level Contributor
41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A very nice surprise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2011

There was an article in today's local paper here in Lucca about restaurants in the Pisa area. They listed Dante and Ivana's chef as the "king of seafood on the local coast" and we felt that we had to try it. Tirrenia is WELL off the foreign tourist track, and the façade is certainly not one that would make you feel that you were going to enter such a special place. The food was of the very highest quality and creative. Creative, but not to the point of being challenging. I happily remember everything I ate, and the very friendly welcome of the chef/owner, Dante and Ivana's son. I feel that I have discovered a new place to which I am going to be a regular. Well worth the trip. I was expecting to pay much more for the fixed menue, and was truly happily surprised.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank GibLucca
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

123 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    72
    27
    7
    7
    10
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Zurich
Level Contributor
14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“For fine tasters and romantic evening. Your taste will be pleased.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2011

The place is a very small building on the riverside road. The area is not so nice, but as soon as you walk in you get the impression that you`re in a real Restaurant, capital R. However, the food is really hand-made and traditional, fine cuisine presentation but no posh scams: you will taste authentic food.
You get a somehow "fixed" menu that varies a little bit every time according to the ingredients availability which you can partially customize. The cooks make an honor point of using fresh ingredients, and only fish from high seas, no intensive farming products. Well, you can definitively taste that.
We got a "tasting menu" for our first visit there, including 3 appetizers, 2 first dishes, 1 second and two small desserts.
I can just say that everything was amazing, exploring fine and unusual combination like red beetroot flan and shrimps on a cheese fondue, or the less unusual fish and mushrooms. Since my fiancee could not drink, we were offered a half liter of white wine which was simply one of the best whites I`ve drank. I am Italian and explored the restaurants in the area for some time, and I must say this was one of the most impressive.
Be wary though: you are going to a good restaurant, you will enjoy your taste and you will not walk out "stuffed". There are many dishes, but portions are quite small. So, if you want to get stuffed, there`s plenty of other cheaper places in the area. But if you want to enjoy Italian Cuisine (all capitals) that'`s where you wanna be.
The price is on the high side, but you can see where you money went. I live in Switzerland and it`s impossible to find this kind of selection and care in food preparation for twice this price. We ended up paying 100e for both of us, including wine, a liquor and a coffee. You won`t get a menu card, but I guess the price will stay in this ballpark, varying depending on wine and similar. We`ll go back there whenever we like to spoil ourselves.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank stetir
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Blairsville, Georgia
Level Contributor
221 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
“Wonderful meal and experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2011

Our family of five (all adults) had the pleasure of dining at Dante and Ivana's restaurant in May of this year. A co-worker friend of my son had dined at the restaurant previously on several ocassions and recommended it. From what I learned later was that Dante (the father) is semi-retired but came to the restaurant to personally welcome us. Ivana is his wife and did all of our meal preperation. After a wonderful greeting, Dante told us his recommendations for dinner. We totally left it up to him as to what we had and the meal was outstanding. Ivana is a great chef. I did notice at another table a couple were offered a printed menu so I am sure you do have other choices. Dante's son (I think also named Dante - not sure) was our server and also very intertaining as his father was. I'm not aware of the expense of the meal as we were treated that night by our son and his wife.

A delicious meal in a lovely restaurant enjoyed by all.

  • Visited May 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank joy12Blairsville_GA
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Dante and Ivana also viewed

Pisa, Province of Pisa
Pisa, Province of Pisa
 
 
Pisa, Province of Pisa
 

Been to Dante and Ivana? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing