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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Alpine Wine Tasting with John Paine
Picture in your mind the famous and breathtakingly beautiful Alps, the highest and most extensive mountain range in all of Europe. Now, imagine what it would be like to literally taste the Alps. It is said that the wines grown in the Alpine regions of Italy have some of the [more]
Puglia and Campania Wine Dinner
Two Stunning Italian Regions, One Night Only. This exclusive wine dinner event is what dreams are made of! Prepare to take your tastebuds on a trip to two of Italy's famous southern coastal regions, Puglia and Campania. Italy's shape looks remarkably like a boot and Puglia m [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 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! Here Comes The Wood-Fired Oven Omaha's Blackstone District is not [more]
Paolo Bea Wine Dinner
Paolo Bea's passionate approach to organic and non-interventionist winemaking have made him a legend in Umbria amongst Italian winemakers. Relying on simple traditions like hand-picking the grapes, and bottling without any fining or filtration reflect his naturalist philosop [more]
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