Dante is Omaha’s first restaurant specializing in authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizza and rustic Italian cuisine featuring ingredient-driven dishes with fresh produce from local farmers. We are committed to providing our guests with an authentic Italian experience, from our wine list to our menu.


Chef Nick Strawhecker, Dante OmahaChef Nick Strawhecker opened Dante in Omaha, NE in 2009, ushering in a new era of farm-to-table, hyper-seasonal dining for the region.

An Omaha native, Strawhecker’s love of cooking with local, fresh ingredients dates back to preparing family meals with his grandmother, making homemade sausage with his Italian grandfather, and helping his mother pick the best vegetables from the garden for dinner. When the family moved to London for a few years, Strawhecker had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe, growing his love for fine food with oysters in Paris, mussels and frites in Brussels and wood-fired pizza and pasta in Italy.

Strawhecker started his professional path by earning his associates degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales in Providence, RI, before spending two years working at a small bistro while attending Northern Arizona University. He then traveled to the Piedmont region in Italy where he completed the Master Chef’s Program at The Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners (ICIF) and followed that up with a stint at the Michelin-rated, Relais & Chataux property Il Falconiere in Cortona, Tuscany.

While in Tuscany, Strawhecker folded pasta under the tutelage of renowned chef Michele Brogioni, experimented with produce from the restaurant’s garden for the daily menu, and explored authentic, sustainable Italian vineyards. He then honed his skills at renowned restaurants in Chicago such as Spring under James Beard Award winner Shawn McClain and XIX in Philadelphia before heading back home to Omaha to open Dante.

Chef Strawhecker has brought his modern take on traditional Italian cooking to America’s heartland by cultivating relationships with growers and producers across Nebraska and the Midwest. As a result, the Dante table is ruled by the seasons. Each dish is rooted in Strawhecker’s fundamental love for Italian food and wine, then elevated by his unique skill and craft. Dante was Omaha’s first restaurant specializing in Neapolitan pizza, and is certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) — the global arbiters of Neapolitan pizza. The restaurant is also home to one of the largest Italian wine lists in the state of Nebraska, and regularly hosts wine classes, dinners with vintners and other events.

An avid traveler across Nebraska, the Midwest and of course, Italy, Chef Nick Strawhecker has made Omaha his home with his beautiful wife Michelle and young son Jack, who knows when daddy is at work, he’s “makin’ meatballs and pizza.”

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Farm to Fork: A Cheese Story
“Farm to Fork” is more than just a trendy catchphrase. It’s a food philosophy that embodies how we feel about ingredients and supporting local, sustainable food production at Dante. Dante Owner and Executive Chef Nick Strawhecker has been supporting and partnering w [more]
On April 27, Sixteen third-graders from Belvedere Elementary School (Omaha Public Schools) attended a Field Trip to Branched Oak Farm in Raymond, NE with Dante Chef Nick Strawhecker. Students of Mrs. Lyn Cook’s class experienced a Dairy Farm for the very first time that e [more]
Tuscan Wine Dinner
Come with us and take your tastebuds on a trip down memory lane with Chef Nick Strawhecker's regionally-inspired menu at our Tuscan Wine Dinner. Sixteen years ago, Chef Strawhecker was working in the gorgeous Tuscan town of Cortona for the Michelin 2 Star Restaurant/Winery/ [more]
5 Italian Wines Perfect for Spring and Early Summer
Springtime in the midwest often evokes images of budding trees, birds and flowers and the gradual change from brown to green of the local landscape as warmer weather begins to move in. At Dante, we always look forward to the season's bounty of fresh spring fruits, vegetables [more]
On Saturday, March 25, Dante hosted a handful of Omaha's top food bloggers and influencers for a Private Tasting of our Italian Spring Menu. Featuring the freshest spring vegetables, meats, and Italian wines, Chef Nick Strawhecker served up a seasonally inspired eight-course [more]
Chef Strawhecker featured in Faces of Omaha Magazine
Omaha Magazine's Faces of Omaha edition highlights area people and businesses considered to be Best in Omaha in their area of expertise. We are proud to announce that Chef Nick Strawhecker and Dante have been featured in the latest issue, with recognition as one of the top [more]
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