Dante Boccuzzi

Chef, Owner
Dante Boccuzzi

Cleveland

About Dante Boccuzzi

Dante Boccuzzi started his culinary training early. At the age of 14 he began working in Cleveland restaurants. In 1991, he graduated from The Culinary Institute of America and began his career at Charlie Palmer’s Aureole. Boccuzzi gained extensive experience under the watchful eye of Chef Palmer, who was impressed by the young chef’s talents; he encouraged Boccuzzi to further his culinary training abroad. Boccuzzi spent three years working in Europe in restaurants such as the Michelin starred L’Escargot in London, the famed Les Muscadin Hotel Restaurant in Mougins, France, and the Michelin three-starred Gualtiero Marchesi in Brescia, Italy. He added stages in Hong Kong and Taiwan to further broaden his culinary horizon. In 1997, Boccuzzi was asked to return to the States when Palmer recommended he head up the kitchen at Silks at the Mandarin Oriental in San Francisco. Within months, Boccuzzi’s classic French menu with subtle Asian touches was receiving rave reviews. His three year tenure at Silks catapulted the restaurant to the city’s top-10 list, and resulted in two nominations for Boccuzzi as a James Beard Rising Star Chef in 1998 and 1999. Boccuzzi then moved to Italy to become the executive chef at Nobu/Milan. In 2002, he returned to New York as the executive chef at Aureole; that same year he was selected by StarChefs.com as a New York Rising Star. Under his leadership, Aureole earned a Michelin star in 2006 in its first edition of the Red Guide for New York City. Boccuzzi returned to his home state of Ohio, where he opened Dante in 2007. When he’s not cultivating the tastebuds of Clevelanders, Boccuzzi is raising four children and playing with his all-chef rock and blues band.

At My Venues

Honey Kasutera
$$, Happy Hour, Sushi, Full Bar, Asian, Tremont
"Honey Kasutera Honey Cake, Cherry Glaze, Cherry Blossom Mochi, Rose Ice Cream paired with Masumi Mirror of Truth Junmai. The delicate rice sweetness pairs with the honeycake and round mouthfeel compliments the vanilla and Mochi @thesakeninja @ginkotremont @monkyaw19 #sushi #omakase #sake #sakedinner #pairing #sakepairing #thesakeninja #tremont #cleveland #thisiscle #danteboccuzzi #dante #winedinner #sushimenu #menu #chef #wine #winepairing #worldsakeimports #cooljapan #kamoizumi #tedorigawa #dewazakura #sohomare #akitabare #masumi"
At my venues
Kamo Tartare
$$, Happy Hour, Sushi, Full Bar, Asian, Tremont
"Kamo Tartare Duck, Shiso, Enoki, Shallot, Ume Purée, Puffed Rice paired with Kamoizumi Autumn Elixir Junmai Daiginjo. Deep layered umami matches the black garlic and richness of the duck. Earthy notes and mushrooms complete the experience @thesakeninja @ginkotremont @monkyaw19 #sushi #omakase #sake #sakedinner #pairing #sakepairing #thesakeninja #tremont #cleveland #thisiscle #danteboccuzzi #dante #winedinner #sushimenu #menu #chef #wine #winepairing #worldsakeimports #cooljapan #kamoizumi #tedorigawa #dewazakura #sohomare #akitabare #masumi"
At my venues
Toro Steak
$$, Happy Hour, Sushi, Full Bar, Asian, Tremont
"Toro Steak Tataki Fatty Tuna, Watermelon Radish, Yuzu Gelée, Kaiware paired with Dewazakura Cherry Bouquet Ginjo. Crisp clean Asian pear contests with the richness of the toro, light floral notes introduces the watermelon radish to the yuzu kosho foam. @thesakeninja @ginkotremont @monkyaw19 #sushi #omakase #sake #sakedinner #pairing #sakepairing #thesakeninja #tremont #cleveland #thisiscle #danteboccuzzi #dante #winedinner #sushimenu #menu #chef #wine #winepairing #worldsakeimports #cooljapan #kamoizumi #tedorigawa #dewazakura #sohomare #akitabare #masumi"
At my venues
Chile Ebi
$$, Happy Hour, Sushi, Full Bar, Asian, Tremont
"Chile Ebi Sautéed Shrimp, Asparagus, Thai Chile, Edamame Purée paired with Akitabare Heaven of Tipsy Delight Daiginjo. Sooo many things. This sake tells a long story and it picks up the spice with the elegant melon, it quiet notes of fennel welcome the asparagus and edamame purée. Magic @thesakeninja @ginkotremont @monkyaw19 #sushi #omakase #sake #sakedinner #pairing #sakepairing #thesakeninja #tremont #cleveland #thisiscle #danteboccuzzi #dante #winedinner #sushimenu #menu #chef #wine #winepairing #worldsakeimports #cooljapan #kamoizumi #tedorigawa #dewazakura #sohomare #akitabare #masumi"
At my venues
Hotate Aburi
$$, Happy Hour, Sushi, Full Bar, Asian, Tremont
"Hotate Aburi Seared Scallop, Uni Butter Sauce, Bamboo Shoot paired with Sohomare Indigo Junmai Ginko. The round note and umami in the sake dance with the pan seared scallop and the soft fruit is the perfect foil to the Uni butter @thesakeninja @ginkotremont @monkyaw19 #sushi #omakase #sake #sakedinner #pairing #sakepairing #thesakeninja #tremont #cleveland #thisiscle #danteboccuzzi #dante #winedinner #sushimenu #menu #chef #wine #winepairing #worldsakeimports #cooljapan #kamoizumi #tedorigawa #dewazakura #sohomare #akitabare #masumi"
At my venues