Monday, March 30, 2009

Dining with Dante

This is one foodie who is anxiously awaiting the opening of Dante Boccuzzi's trademark restaurant- Dante. It has relocated to 2247 Professor Avenue in Tremont, and plans to open in May. I unfortunately did not have a chance to try his culinary creations when it was located on Rockside Road (location now open as Lockkeepers once again). I was unaware that another restaurant is on the horizon for Chef Dante. Ginko Restaurant (Modern Japenese cuisine) is slated to open in the Fall of 2009. I look forward to trying them both. I think that Dante will make an excellent addition to the Professor Avenue strip of some of Cleveland's best restaurants. One of my personal favorites is Lago Restaurant & Wine Bar owned by Fabio Salerno, who also owns and operates Gusto in Little Italy and just opened Grotto in Shaker Square. Both Lago and Gusto are warm, intimate settings featuring an outstanding wine list and food that melts in your mouth. The portions are perfect, prices reasonable for a nice evening out, and the seasonal menu keeps the loyal patrons happy. I recommend the Gnocchi- Lobster meat, truffle, sweet corn, basil, and roasted tomato at Lago!