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
Nick 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.