New DANTE Not Really Italian

 
What is It ???
 
SMALL PLATES ECLECTIC MENU
 
Non-Driven Italian Wine List
 
Old Patrons Probably Won’t Like It
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The New Dante
South Room Bar
Linden Pride
 
Caffe Dante’s New Owner
 
 
DANTE The new owners, including Linden Pride, formerly of AvroKO, have spruced up the 100-year-old cafe with green leather banquettes, but the space retains a vintage Italian Greenwich Village look with its pressed tin ceiling. The menu is now mostly small plates: beef tartare, burrata, flatbread and cold pasta salad. Italian aperitifs dominate the cocktail list: 79-81 Macdougal Street (Bleecker Street), 212-982-5275
 
 
 
A Picture of Former Caffe Dante Owner
Mari Flotta on the Homepage of The New Dante
 
The new Dante on Macdougal Street in Greenwich Village is
absolutely nothing like the former beloved Caffe Dante, a caffe
that was a fixture of Greenwich Village for exactly 100 years
before closing earlier this year, when former owner
Mario Flotta sold Caffe Dante to Linden Pride who has been
quoted as saying the new Dante will be very much like the old
one with some changes. “Not” !!! The new Dante looks very nice
although quite different from the former caffe .. The entire concept
of the new Dante pretty much has nothing to do with the old one.
The New Dante has been billed as a Small Plates / Apertivo Bar 
that has little resemblance to anything remotely Italian .. It’s billed
as an Italian Apertivo Bar, yet the Wine list has barely 20% 
Italian Wines in its makeup an the food apart from a few
Italian items, seems anything but Italian.
 
Although the new owner (s) has stated that the New Dante
will be very much like and in the spirit of the former Caffe Dante,
it seems doubtful that writers & students would be able to go into
the place, get a Cappuccino and sit writing for an hour or two.
The former Caffe Dante was a Greenwich Village Italian Caffe where
people could go just for a Cappuccino or Espresso and maybe a
pastry if they liked, hang out with friends or be there on there own just 
relaxing, reading, writing, whatever ..
 
There was a rumor that the new Dante would be serving dinner and drinks
at night and that is what customers would be expected to order, and
spend probably a minimum of $30 and upwards, but during the day 
people would be able to just go in for a Cappuccino or Espresso. it seems
doubtful that this will be possible, but time will tell. Time will tell what the
New Dante is, if its successful or not and if it stays the same as the owners
now intend or if it will morf into something else.
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The New DANTE
North Side Dining Room
 
 
 
APEROL SPRITZ
 
On The Menu
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Caffe Dante to Close ???

MY BELOVED CAFFE DANTE to CLOSE
Yes I’m afraid it’s most likely true, my beloved Caffe Dante to close this month (February 2015) after 100 years in business in New York’s Greenwich Village. It’s rumored that Mario Flotta the long time owner of Caffe Dante will be selling the caffe to a Australian Corporation and it was reported on 1010 WINS Radio News this morning that Dante will be shuttering its doors in 10 days time. This is very sad, especially for me and longtime regulars who have been going to Caffe Dante for 10, 20, 30, and even 40 years for New York’s most authentic Espresso and cups of Cappuccino. I myself have been going there since the Summer of 1985 when I came back from my first trip wonderful trip of many to my ancestral homeland of Italy .. As i’ve been going to Caffe Dante almost evry single day siance 85, I’ve become good friends with the Flotta Family over the years especially Mario Sr. who is almost like a second father to me.
This is such sad news, and all I can say is something I know that most do not, is that Mario bought a building around the corner on Bleecker Street for just such a situation. That being that the landlord would one day raise his rent beyond reason (the Landlord did in 2013), and Mario would just pack up his caffe and move it around the corner. Mario is Caffe Dante, his loves the place like one of his own children, and I know this is the reason he bought the building on Bleedker. Mario told me himself what he would do, and he always wanted the Caffe to continue and for there to be a place for Caffe Dante for his sons, Mario Jr., Anthony, and Peter.
I hope everything all works out, I love Caffe Dante more than I can ever express, it’s without question my second home, and a Greenwich Village without this wonderful Caffe would be that much less of the Greenwich Village that we residients, visitors and tourist from around the country and around the World know.
 
 
 
Story & Photos by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
 
 
 
 
 

 

CAFFE DANTE OPEN AGAIN

NEW CAFFE DANTE
The EXTERIOR Is THE SAME

Owner
MARIO FLOTTA
at 
CAFFE DANTE

“Mario, Is CAFFE DANTE”

BASTA !!!!



READ ABOUT CAFFE DANTE
In 
DANIEL BELLINO-ZWICKE’S 
Book
“La TAVOLA”

DANIEL HAS BEEN A LONG TIME PATRON
of
CAFFE DANTE








BEST $8.00 LASAGNA in NEW YORK

LASAGNA
CAFFE DANTE

ONLY 8 BUCKS ???

Now That’s a Bargain !!! Yes, a mere $8.00 in “This Day & Age” in New York ..
Caffe Dante’s Lasagna is our most tradition Italian-American version of Lasagna .. Made with Lasagan Rigati Pasta, Tomato Sauce, Ricottta & Mozzarella, Caffe Dante’s Lasagna “Hits The Spot” and is a absolute steal at just $8.00 … 
You can also get Panini for $7.00, Pizza MArgarita $8.00, and Homemade Meatballs for just $6.00 … Wow!!! Dante is going give the much higher priced Da Silvano and Bar Pitti Restaurants around the block “A Run FOr Their Money” and a run for the money of local patrons and tourists looking to get some good tasty and very affordable Italian Food in Greenwich Village, Caffe Dante “Just Can’t Be Beat” Get it!




Daniel Bellino-Zwicke


CAFFE DANTE 
GREENWICH VILLAGE 
NEW YORK




Owner

MARIO FLOTTA
at
CAFFE DANTE


CAFFE DANTE MILADY’S CLOSE Due To Greedy Landlords

 

CAFFE DANTE
In Better Days
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MILADY’s
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VESUVIO BAKERY
ITALIAN BREAD BAKERS
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JOE’S DAIRY
Used to Make Fresh Mozzarella
for It’s GREENWICH VILLAGE ITALIAN CLIENTS
photo Copyright Daniel Zwicke

The OLD ROCCO’S SIGN

The traditional Italian restaurant Rocco in Greenwich Village has closed due to “greedy landlords,” as Rocco’s owner Antonio DaSilva says on the now-defunct restaurant’s voice greeting.

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THE OLD ROCCO’S SIGN

 

“Yes the Old Sign with CARBONE Superimposed

Over ROCCO

photo Copyright Daniel Zwicke
 
GREENWICH VILLAGES LOSES CHERISHED CAFFE RESTAURANT BAR 

            and BAKERY (Vesuvio’s)
First it was Rocco’s a couple years ago. Rocco’s Restaurant on Thompson Street was just one of few surving Old-School Italian Red-Sauce Restaurants left in New York’s Greenwich Village .. As per usual with greedy-landlords and insane skyrocketing rental priced, the rent on Rocco’s was jacked-up by another “Greedy Landlord” and Rocco’s was “pushed out of business” and forced to shut its doors after almost 90 years in busines (Since 1922).
Milady’s, one of the last remaining old-school neighborhood bar was forced out of business by “greedy landlords” and served their last Beer to sad and loyal customers on Sunday, Juanuary 12, 2014 …

The beloved classic Italian Caffe, “CAFFE DANTE” Closed on Sunday, January 19, 2014

“What is this World Coming to?”
Reported From The VILLAGER   …….. January 19, 2012


In November of last year, the New York City restaurant blog Eater reported that the traditional home-style dining spot’s lease was up at the end of 2011. And to renew that lease the landlord was asking for $18,000 a month — a $10,000 monthly increase from what DaSilva traditionally paid.
Assuming the lease are young up-and-comers Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi, both chefs belonging to the Torrisi Italian Specialties team. Together with partner Jeff Zalaznick, the group operates a mini-chain of restaurants with two spots in Little Italy and a stand at Yankee Stadium.
Word is the Torrisi team struck a deal with Rocco restaurant’s landlord and then slyly advertised the restaurant takeover in a 16-second video on their Web site.
“It’s pretty bad and it’s a shame,” said Ralph Redillo, the superintendent of the restaurant’s building. “A lot of outsiders came into the neighborhood just for Rocco’s.”
 
Pat Gombos, a neighborhood regular of Rocco’s says, “Great prices, great food and great atmosphere,  I’ll totally miss it.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

“La TAVOLA” Is GREENWICH VILLAGE ITALIAN

 

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