On Saturday, Matthew and I met up with Kimberly and Chris, where we all had the chance to get a sneak peek at the newest restaurant from Chef Dante Boccuzzi: Dante Next Door. Located literally next door to Dante and Ginko, this bright, airy space serves up brunch and lunch fare with the excellence for which Chef Dante has become known.
We were encouraged to get a little bit of everything to share and that we did! Our feast started with a box of homemade pastries. The chocolate croissant and the “dirt bomb” (a cake donut rolled in cinnamon) were collective favorites.
We next sampled three different pizzas, made to order in the brick oven at the restaurant.
We chose the “Broken Egg” pizza, the “Everything Bagel and Lox” pizza, and the Capricciosa pizza. The Broken Egg pizza reminded me of a quiche, with light and fluffy egg, asparagus, peas, morels, tomatoes, and goat cheese. This mildly flavored pie was my favorite of the bunch.
The “Everything Bagel and Lox” pizza featured smoked salmon, cream cheese, dill, and hard-boiled egg and the Cappricciosa had ham, mushrooms, tomato, and mozzarella.
Starting to get full, but determined to try more on the menu, we shared three entrees. First was the pasta carbonara frittata, which brilliantly combines pasta and breakfast for a sinfully rich dish. While the portion isn’t huge, the richness of the sauce and eggs makes this easily a shareable choice.
Those who could (read: all but me) dug into the Crab Cakes Benedict, which won rave reviews. I’ll be back for you, poached eggs and lemon Hollandaise!
My personal favorite was the charred tiger shrimp and polenta, which was also served with chorizo and grilled peppers and onions. The sweet and spicy combination was just right and, of course, the polenta was perfectly smooth and creamy.
In the name of research, we ordered dessert. Two words: Nutella pie. It had a light, fluffy Nutella center, chocolate ganache with sea salt, a caramel layer at the bottom, and an Oreo cookie crust. Ridiculous.
We also tried the lemon trio, featuring lemon cheesecake, a lemon bar, and lemon gelato. For a lighter dessert option, this is definitely a winner, particularly in warmer weather.
Dante Next Door is now open to the public. The lunch menu (featuring all the pizzas mentioned and more, as well as many baked pasta entrees) is available Wednesday through Friday from 11am to 4pm. The brunch menu (which we ordered from) is available Saturday through Monday from 10:30am to 4pm.
To experience the more “casual” side of Dante, without sacrificing any of the taste, service, and originality, head to Dante Next Door! They may make a brunch girl out of me yet!
***Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Friends & Family Preview of Dante Next Door with a guest. All food was complimentary and drinks were paid for on our own. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***