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Review: Dante’s Restaurant

            I used to go here back in the day when it was known as Bread and Pasta for take out.  Located on the top of Shrewsbury St away from most of the other restaurants, Dante’s stands out among the competition.  It combines for me the closeness of a good Italian kitchen with the attention to detail of the more upscale restaurants.  My wife and I had come here a few years back on one of our first dates and I decided to come back recently for her birthday.  It was a Wednesday evening around 7:30 and we were the only patrons in the dinning room.

            Honestly, the menu struck me as a bit pricey for Italian food, but by the end of our meal we were both extremely satisfied with the value.  The Caesar salad was excellent and could have served two. The dressing was not overpowering and the croutons were crisp.  My wife ordered the Dante’s haddock and I ordered the blackened salmon with strawberry salsa.  Each dish is served with fresh julienne vegetables and a starch of the day.  This day the starch was oven roasted potatoes which were mashed and pan fried with garlic, butter, and spinach.  My mouth begins to water as I write that sentence.

            The presentation of the entrees is pleasing on wide square plates which provide ample room for the each of the portions of the main dish to stand out.  The blackened salmon with strawberry salsa was delicious, however I couldn’t help but wish it had a little more of a kick to it.  The haddock was in a word… extraordinary.  Generously covered in a buttery lobster sauce the haddock maintained a slightly seared exterior which complimented the creaminess of the sauce perfectly.  I had two bites from my wife’s plate and I feel I will be craving it until I return to have a plate of my own.

            What was a very good meal became truly great with the finale of a homemade (yes, they make their deserts in house) baked tart with fresh fruit.  My first thought upon its arrival was “I wish I had a camera”.  The tart steamed with aroma as only freshly baked puff pastry can do.  Upon a first bite my second thought was “I wish I had ordered a second one for myself”.  It’s a desert’s true mission to make someone who is completely full feel like they have never eaten before.  The forks of my wife and I sparred more than once as we each sought another bite.

            My wife was transported back to the flavors of her childhood in her father’s bakery.  A greater compliment I cannot imagine.  I would personally like to thank the staff at Dante’s for a truly memorable meal!

Review: VIA Italian Table

            For the price I don’t think VIA is really worth the money.  Unless you have been there before and have a targeted knowledge of what is good and what to stay away from.  Unfortunately, I have to agree with some of the pervious reviews when it comes to the staff, they are let’s put it bluntly… not good.  The atmosphere is a bit strange which is not a result of the beauty of the building which is spectacular.  It rather, it a product of a hard to define lack of experience on the part of the staff and possibly the management since they are ultimately responsible.

            Sit out on the covered patio if possible, try the tomato w/ mozzarella and basil salad with a large, square, thin crust, brick oven pizza; the price is less than the other entrees and far superior.  With many other options on Shrewsbury Street for Italian food, to waste your time on entrees is a mistake.  The main dishes are overpriced, bland Italian cuisine lacking in imagination and flavor.

            For me there are just too many other options at a better value with better food to come back other than to find a place to take a group of people too large to fit in the better Italian kitchens around.