Restaurant dante


A Home for the Holidays
See how the de Magistris Family celebrates the holidays in their Vermont home.

- Boston Globe, December 2011
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Included in the Best 50 Restaurants of 2011


"The Royal Sonesta hotel, a stone's throw from the Cambridgeside Galleria, isn't everyone's idea of a posh spot. But ignore the glowing P.F. Chang's across the way. Once you pass the glass entry into Dante, you're in another world - one where gnocchi are fluffy, never leaden, and flirt with roasted peaches. A world where Brussels sprouts with pancetta are good enough to build a meal around. When you finish dinner, you won't want to return to that neon-lit madness outside. But leave you must. Otherwise, how can you come back?"
- Boston Magazine, November 2011
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Best of Boston 2011 Award Winner for
Best Upscale Italian from Boston Magazine

"Okay, so the guy went and named a restaurant after himself. Clearly, chef Dante de Magistris is focusing his subtlety elsewhere—on, for example, his nuanced dishes. In actuality, each is served with a side of humility; he and his brother Filippo are in the house most nights, seeing to it that the eatery is far less about fanfare than about making regulars out of newcomers. The offerings range from humble (arancini with truffle honey) to homey (handmade gnocchi with pancetta, almonds, and pecorino), and by virtue of the high-quality ingredients (bavette steak with truffled cauliflower), ultimately soar."
- Boston Magazine, July 2011
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Winner of Improper Bostonian's Best Outdoor Dining
"You come here for the sfizi, particularly the cotechino sausage, which picks up hints of smoke as it cooks under a pile of almost-spent ashes. And you wouldn't miss Dante's mafalde done up sweet, sour and just a little bitter with raisins, capers, pine nuts and charred octopus. But the obvious draw to this upscale modern Italian restaurant? It's one of the few riverside dining venues in the city—and on a sunny day, when that dirty water sparkles bright, it's stunning."
- Improper Bostonian, July 2011
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Secrets from our Pastry Chef, Fortunato Conte.
- Scene Magazine, November 2011
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Winner of the "Cracker Jack" Award in Stuff Magazine's 2010 Dining Awards
"If he served his food in boxes, there'd be a little prize inside each one. As it is, there's always something a little surprising about the dishes created by Dante de Magistris. Take the allium flower with which he steams his lemon sole or the peaches he pairs with gnocchi." - Stuff Magazine, October 2010
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Chef Dante making the "'burbs look cool" in the Players Issue.
- Stuff Magazine, May 2010
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"Don't be misled by the hotel setting: Dante deMagistris is no banquet chef. Since opening his eponymous restaurant at the Royal Sonesta two years ago, deMagistris has found his voice (part Italian homeboy, part fancypants chef)... Formal European training gave him discipline and technique, which means the pasta and fish are perfectly cooked and every sauce is fresh. Oh, and the view, across the Charles to downtown Boston, is priceless."
– Boston Magazine, Best of Boston Award, August 2008


"If sherberty sunsets melting into the Charles aren't your thing, you'll want to give dante's festooned riverside porch a miss. Or simply roll with it: By the time you've inhaled a plated of spaghetti with crab, guanciale, and crunchy lemon crumbs and two or three liquor-infused Italian ices, all that pesky picture-perfection will seem blurry, anyway."
– Boston Magazine, July 2008


"When Dante de Magistris moved from Blu to his eponymous dante in Cambridge last year, he took just one dish with him: a dreamy "lobster PLT."
- Boston Herald, August 2007
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"Dante's "Perfect Little Burger" lives up to it's name. Some say it's the chipotle aioli, others the bun. It could be the all-natural lean beef, but the best guess is that it's the combo that makes more than the average burger. And grilled under the stars, overlooking the river as Boston twinkles behind, it tastes even better."
- Boston Globe, June 2007
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"At dante, located in Cambridge Royal Sonesta Hotel overlooking the Charles River, dishes on the seasonally changing menu range from inspired sustenance to pure inspiration."
– Boston Globe Magazine, "Best of the New," January 2007


"I wouldn't be surprised if the Michelin people head straight for dante, should they ever decide to publish a guide to Boston. Original homegrown talent eager to make a national mark – and up to the challenge – is rare, so of course they would find their way to the new restaurant at the Royal Sonesta hotel in Cambridge."
– Corby Kummer of Boston Magazine, August 2006


"DeMagistris has a deft touch with pastas and the wine list has a bottle for all palates and pocketbooks."
– Matt Schaffer of the Boston Herald, July 2006


"At Dante restaurant, the views are ethereal but chef Dante de Magistris's cooking is down-to earth delicious. Tucked inside the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, the restaurant offers unparalleled views of the Charles River and Boston's skyline, especially from the 200-seat patio."
– Bon Appetit, June 2006