Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Your Weekend Made Better: Dante Next Door

Hello lovelies! Wasn't this weekend just pure perfection? Spring had arrived and some 70 degree weather was just what was needed to bring everyone out of hibernation. That's why this current cold snap will not get me down. Saturday, the husband and I met Jen & Matthew out at Dante Next Door to preview Chef Boccuzzi's newest Tremont addition. The food was incredible and I think I woke up on Sunday still full from Saturday Brunch.



The new space (literally right next door) is bright and airy with the same warmly infused vibe as Dante. The stunning glass light fixtures lend itself well to the rustic space, giving it just a hint of refinement. The main attraction is the two stone pizza ovens that have been built into a brick wall and are surrounded by a bar where patrons can enjoy the show during their meal.


Being that this was a friends and family preview, we were encouraged to try a bunch of different things off the menu to get an idea of what they have to offer. Those pizzas beckoned us, I'll tell you.

clockwise: Capricciosa pizza w/ ham, mushrooms, tomato, mozzarella / charred tiger shrimp & polenta w/ peperonata, chorizo, scallion / pasta carbonara fritatta w/ spaghetti, pancetta, eggs, parmesan /
Broken Egg pizza
 w/ lake erie goat cheese, asparagus, peas, morels
The Broken Egg pizza was divine and the tiger shrimp polenta was to die for. Next time, I'll be ordering one not to share. Sorry, not sorry. We also enjoyed the crab cakes benedict (amazing) and the Everything Bagel & Lox pizza. Since we arrived after 2pm we steered more towards the "lunch" side of brunch but after getting a taste of their blueberry sausage links, I can't wait to come back and try their french toast, pancakes and waffles. Everything is made in house from pastries to sausage and their eggs are organic, hormone-free and sourced through Fresh Fork Market.

clockwise: box of pastries / nutella pie / lemon trio
I'm not one to go to brunch and order up pastries but after trying these, I'm hooked. Dirt bombs, nut rolls and chocolate croissants? Count me in. My entire table nearly lost their mind over the nutella pie and while they were distracted (just not a nutella girl) I devoured the lemon trio, consisting of the most glorious lemon gelato I've ever tasted.

Matthew, Chef Dante & the Husband
Dante Next Door is open for Brunch Sat-Mon 10:30am-3pm and for Lunch Wed-Fri 11am-4pm. The service and staff are spot on, gracious and exactly what you've come to expect from Dante's restaurants.
Be sure to drop by this Friday, the 18th, for a Grand Opening celebration where you can try their fantastic pizza at no charge from 5-10pm.

My weekend was also made better because I got to check out Jen's impending new addition.

There's a baby in there!!!

The remainder of the day was spent at Banyan Tree and Wine & Design before I realized I had not been day drinking in quite some time and needed a nap. Do you remember what it feels like to nap with the window open with a warm breeze? Heaven I tell you.

top hat ice bucket from W&D / the husband thinks Jen's baby needs a 
squirrel puppet / adorable toddler bow ties from Simple Hands at Banyan Tree / 
outdoor drinking (finally!) and amusing wine boxes

Sunday was spent celebrating Jen and showering her with everything needed for baby. Well it looked like everything. I don't think I've ever seen so many gifts at one time! Let the nesting begin....

::Disclosure - We were invited to a preview of Dante Next Door and all food was complimentary. As always, all musings are my own::






1 comment:

  1. Dante's Next Door sounds fabulous! I can't even imagine those divine food items. Capricciosa Pizza, Broken Egg Pizza and Pasta Carbonara Frittata would need to be sampled. I am not a Nutella girl either so the Lemon Trio and pastries would be ordered. Definitely a place to visit when I am in town.

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