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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 OmahaNick Strawhecker recently returned to his native Omaha to design and build Dante Pizzeria Napoletana, where he is Owner/Chef.

Born and to some extent raised in Omaha, Nick believes his travels as a youngster fundamentally influenced both his career and now his endeavor in Dante. After living for three years in England in his early teens and traveling extensively throughout Europe, Nick and his family returned to Omaha where he graduated from high school and enrolled into the prominent culinary program at Johnson & Wales in Providence.

After culinary school, Nick spent two years in Flagstaff working at a small bistro while attending Northern Arizona University. He then moved to the Piedmont region in Italy to learn more about Italy and its beautiful cuisine at The Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners (ICIF), followed by a stint at the Michelin-rated Il Falconierie in southern Tuscany. Upon returning to the states, Nick worked for five years in Chicago where he gained incredible experience at Aria (Fairmont Hotel), assisting in a $5 million makeover of the restaurant. He then joined Chef Shawn McClain at Spring, where he spent three years, and rose to Sous Chef. In 2006, Nick left Chicago to be Sous Chef at Philadelphia’s XIX, located in one of the US’s four Park Hyatt Hotels. He returned to Omaha in 2008 to pursue his lifelong dream of opening his own restaurant. A year after Dante opened, Nick was named to the 2010 class of Omaha’s 40 Under 40.

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Dante is closed to the general public for our Tuscan Wine Dinner.  We will reopen at 11 A.M. on Friday, May 19th.  We apologize for an inconvenience. [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]
Dante Recommended by Zagat Recommended by Omaha World Herald