Il Casale


Chef Dante de Magistris of Il Casale - Belmont, MA

50 Leonard St.
Belmont, MA 02478
(617) 209-4942
Hours: Mon-Thur 5pm-9:30pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm; Sun 5pm-9pm

When we left Chef Dante de Magistris in Boston in 2009, many moons after his 2003 Rising Star nod, he was still crafting inventive, haute Italian cuisine with only the best ingredients at Dante. Three years and a recession later, de Magistris is still using those top-notch ingredients but has shifted focus at both his original restaurant and at new Belmont outpost il Casale, veering toward the more classic, authentic Italian preparations he grew up with. The charming converted firehouse—decked in exposed brick, reclaimed wood, and artful lighting—offers more atmosphere than one expects from the Boston suburbs, and de Magistris excels equally at rustic cuisine as he did at contemporary, making il Casale one packed house come supper time.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Miale Meatballs, Mozzarella, and Suga di Testa
  • Burrata from Apulia, Sicilian Oregano, and Pistachio
  • Shaved Puntarelli Hearts, Salted Anchovies, Capers, and Lemon Zest

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