Saturday, January 16, 2010

Review: Dante Ristorante, Leichhardt

There are a few things in life I often get cravings for: KFC Mashies, Coffee, and most importantly, Italian food.

When such cravings arise, contrary to popular belief, they often do the world a whole lot of good - especially for those who are as indecisive as I am when it comes to picking a place to eat. So when JL called up the other night asking what I wanted for dinner, the choice was simple.

"Dude, dude, I'm CRAAAVING for Italian. I feel like smacking my face in a bowl of spag bol."

Next thing I knew he had made a booking at Dante's (Italian Forum) and I was jumping into the car ready to nom.

Bruschetta - $12.90

First up was a lightly flavoured Bruschetta to start the night off. Call me slow on the uptake, but I only recently discovered that the word is not pronounced as "Brushetta" but "Brusketta". Seriously? Seriously. I know eh? Eyeopening isn't it? And here I am calling myself a foodie. Gosh, guess you really do learn something new everyday.

Chef's Homemade Gnocchi with Veal Ragout - $18.90

As I delved into the Pasta menu, my eyes lit up as my world of favourites begin to collide. Gnocchi? Veal Ragout? All on the one plate? I think I nearly fainted. The dish was absolutely delightful and full of robust flavour. The veal was delectably tender and the soft pillows of gnocchi were simply superb. My only beef was that there wasn't more of it.

Linguini Scampi - $25.90

With a little pressure, JL chose Linguine with Scampi as his main for the evening (the alternative being spaghetti bolognaise - which little did he know he was going to have the following night at Borruso's).

While not being entirely a fan of scampi sashimi, these ones were cooked to perfection and absolutely to die for. Serve was a tad on the scrimpy side, but what was there was delicious. The scampi oil which coated the linguine was also highly aromatic and full of flavour.

Dante Ristorante
Piazza, Shop 39
23 Norton Street
Leichhardt, NSW 2040

Tel: (02) 9550 0062


  1. LOL. Terry Durack mentioned the mispronunciation of bruschetta in his review of a restaurant last week.

    KFC mashies? Now that's real foodie food! ;-)

  2. Haha yeah I read that article as well which why what prompted me to look up the correct pronounciation.

  3. WX - the Italian forum is like the most touristy Italian food ever. Hit me up next time you get those spag bol cravings! :)

  4. i call myself a foodie but i'm hopeless with pronouncing a lot of food words :) i think it's ok :D

  5. yummy carbs :O)

    i havent had any fabulous italian before so im trying to cook it at home instead (and save some money)

    mm soft pillows of gnocchi /drools