Some people have the gift of patience. Admittedly, I am not one of them. I find it difficult to even wait to give people their birthday or Christmas presents! So the notion of waiting throughout the entire duration of a pregnancy to find out the sex is simply baffling to me. So just like our last pregnancy, we had the technician write down the sex of the baby and seal it in an envelope. We took that envelope to dinner at Dante and had our own unveiling ceremony.
I like Dante more and more after each visit. And I especially like its location, conveniently located across from Banyan Tree, which allows for some pre-dinner shopping.
Our meal started off with two surprising glasses of prosecco. Our server mixed us up with another couple celebrating an anniversary or birthday (they ask during the reservation if you’re celebrating anything special – apparently if you are, they throw in a nice little treat). Even after we told her we were just out for a nice dinner, she said, oh well – happy Friday then and enjoy. We did, or rather, Jamie did. I was saving my one weekly allotted drink for a glass of cabernet with dinner.
Our meal started off with an order of the crispy calamari and rock shrimp with a chili mayo, a favorite of Jamie’s. Then onto the truffled chicken miso soup for me and banana butternut squash soup with cinnamon foam for Jamie. For dinner, I opted for two tastings of the pasta: the pappardelle bolognese and linguine carbonara.
If you know anything about Dante, you know he’s a master at Asian cooking (which is why I am eagerly waiting for Ginko to open!), and this soup was a perfect example. The aromas from both soups were heavenly, but mine especially was beyond good – I thoroughly enjoyed every bite and even contemplated another bowl. As for the pastas, his tasting portions are really quite generous. I can’t imagine how someone could eat a full portion. I had leftovers – and I’m eating for two. Of the two I sampled, I definitely enjoyed the carbonara with its beautifully poached egg more. The pappardelle was nice, but not as enjoyable as a previous visit.
We skipped dessert because we were both too full, though I was tempted by the cheese selection. All in all, it was truly a wonderful night out in Tremont. Spring-like weather, crowded streets, restaurants and store fronts, and of course, a wonderful meal accompanied by a very special reveal.
Oh, and by the way, we’re having another girl!