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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.

ABOUT THE CHEF, NICK STRAWHECKER

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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Nominate Chef Nick Strawhecker and Dante for the James Beard Awards
Omaha Chefs & restaurants are redefining the midwest food scene. Nominate Omaha's Chef Nick Strawhecker for a 2018 James Beard Award! The nomination period for the 2018 James Beard Awards has begun and we are asking you to help put Omaha on the culinary map by n [more]
Dante Job Fair
Want to work at Dante Pizzeria Napoletana Blackstone? We want to meet you! Our new location is opening in December 2017 and we're looking for the best industry talent in Omaha. Dante Pizzeria Napoletana is Omaha's first fast-fine, counter-service, wood-fired Italian cui [more]
Husker Game Day Pizza Specials
Get your game on and make your tailgate tasty on Cornhusker Game Days (listed below) with Dante's Husker Game Day Pizza Specials! If you are bringing your za home, learn the secret to having a piping hot, Fresh-From-The-Oven Dante Pizza at home by watching our video. H [more]
This will BEE an Amazing Week!
National Honey Bee Day is coming up on August 19th and we are showing our appreciation of these powerful little pollinators with a sweet celebration at Dante. All week long we will feature honey-focused menu items with honey and/or honeycomb from the local (and buzzworthy) [more]
Dante Pizzeria to Open Fast Fine Dining Location in Blackstone
In an exclusive news feature with Sarah Baker Hansen at the Omaha World-Herald, Dante announced that in December of 2017 , our new location in Blackstone will open. Dante Pizzeria Napoletana is Omaha's first fast fine, counter service, wood-fired Italian cuisine and Neapolit [more]
Dante is coming to Blackstone – 38th & Farnam!
The cat's officially out of the bag and we couldn't be more excited to announce that Dante is opening a brand-new restaurant on the corner of 38th and Farnam in Omaha's revitalized Blackstone District! DANTE PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA IS HIRING! LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR JOB FAIR [more]
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