This is another, phoenix restaurant that has risen from the ashes, this time from what used to be of Danilo’s of Hale. On our arrival we were warmly greeted by the manager, Simon, our coats were taken and we were offered a choice of tables. As it was early evening the restaurant was still relatively quiet.
The décor is pleasant and the room is has tasteful lighting. We decided on vodka martinis to get us in the mood and after much discussion with Giorgio, the barman, as to was to what the perfect serving temperature for this drink, we were served with excellent cocktails.
To start we shared a dish of calamari, which had been dusted in cornflour and lightly fried in very hot oil. Very tasty. My colleague had Farfalle al Salmon, which is marinated salmon cooked in white wine, cream and peas. Again, very good. I went for the traditional lasagne which was rich and creamy. I liked this very much.
To help all this along we ordered a bottle of Italian Sauvignon Blanc.
After all of this intake we decided to share a pudding and ordered a dish called Mille Foglie between us. This is a classic Italian dessert, based on puff pastry that is smothered in creamy custard and berries. It looked gorgeous and tasted even better.
We were very impressed with Dante. The food is authentically Italian and very well prepared. However, the outstanding feature was the excellent service and the friendliness of the staff. At £80 this is good value for Hale.
Atmosphere 9/10 Service 10/10 Food 10/10 Value for money 9/10
Will we return? Oh yes, this is very good Italian cuisine.