Casa Dante Restaurant's menu reads like a master's class in Italian cuisine. Drawing from the traditions of Northern and Southern Italy, Casa Dante's chefs cook ziti, fettucini, and every other pasta found on the periodic table. They then add classic bolognese, clam sauce, or a vodka-based sauce with tomato and cheese. The chefs also branch out from pasta, preparing calamari and racks of lamb.
Once ready, this food travels to an upscale dining room, with round tables topped in white cloths and bottles of red and white wine. Live singers, guitar players, and other musicians add to the ambiance on select nights. Nearby, a bar serves specialty drinks, as well as a more casual tapas menu with small plates such as sicilian meatballs.
Gilded frames circumscribe paintings of colorful vine-covered villas and ocean vistas. They also evoke the gilded pasta served at tables below them at Trattoria Saporito, a family-run Italian restaurant. Beneath bronze pressed-tin ceilings, plate after plate bedecked with veal parmigiana, housemade ravioli, and shrimp doused in lemon butter showcase the Old World flavors and techniques in the Gastone family's repertoire. They serve their creations in a dining room that is itself a narrow slice of Italy, with terra-cotta tiled floors, fully navigable water channels, and flat-screen TVs.
Flickering faux candles on chandeliers and wall sconces give a melted glow to the eatery's yellow walls and open hearth. BYOB beverages and artisanal plates of cured meats and cheeses share table acreage with San Giuseppe's signature coal-fired pizzas topped with unique combinations of figs, butternut squash, and roasted artichoke hearts. Fresh pastas, including black linguine and pappardelle, tangle around fresh seafood and vegetables beneath blankets of homemade marinara, cream, and basil sauces. Guests can add a romantic touch to a date by requesting a signature heart-shaped pizza or propose with a diamond-ring-shaped pie.