If you’ve ever dined at Dante Ristorante Pizzeria in west Omaha, you know why it’s one of the best places for pizza. It’s also known for great pasta and seasonal specials.
Owner and Chef Nick Strawhecker took the basics and moved them east to open a second restaurant in midtown’s Blackstone District. Dante Pizzeria Napoletana offers a menu strong on Neapolitan pizzas, baked in a wood-fire oven at nearly 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit and ready to serve in 90 seconds. The menu lists almost 15 pizzas.
Designed as “fast fine dining,” the Blackstone location also includes a few select pasta dishes, sandwiches, and seasonal dishes. We sampled warm wood-oven ciabatta and 300-day aged prosciutto, as well as wood-roasted beets and kale (which I loved). We also enjoyed a nice basic cheese pizza.
The restaurant, which opened in December, is located near 38th and Farnam Streets, inside the old Brite Ideas holiday decorations showroom. When we first walked in for lunch, I was stunned to see how it transformed into a restaurant location.
Blackstone is a growing district
Setting up a location in the fast-growing Blackstone District gives Dante a stronghold in two popular areas of Omaha. While the west location can cater to more traditional restaurant dining, the Blackstone eatery can offer diners a quick meal during their evening out. Blackstone is possibly Omaha’s fastest-growing entertainment district, with several restaurants and bars sprouting up.
Our visit to Dante included a local news station. KMTV Channel 3 News Now included Lisa and me as part of a story on Omaha blogging, so we thought it would be fun to visit one of our favorite restaurants, since we knew we’d be writing a story about the Blackstone location. We were honored to be included in the story reported by Lindsey Theis, co-anchor of the 4 p.m. newscast. We were also happy to share the spotlight with the fabulous Carolyn Sutton, who has her own PR company, carolynsuttonpr.com.
We enjoyed our visit to Dante’s Blackstone restaurant. If you enjoy Dante, but are looking for a quick meal, then we believe you’d also like this spot. We recommend this restaurant.
For more information on Dante Pizzeria Napoletana and its menu, please visit www.dantepizzeria.com.
Disclaimer: While we selected the location to visit, we thank Dante for the complimentary food dishes to sample. However, all opinions and views are ours.