When Caffe Dante founder Mario Flotta sold the 100-year-old Greenwich Village restaurant earlier this year, it closed with a promise to return in the spring. Well, just a few days before summer arrives, Dante has opened, and according to a PR for the restaurant, the new 65-seat space was created through a close collaboration with the former owners. 

New are “modern design elements” and a revised menu, though it remains Italian-American with dishes like beef tartare with watercress, cold angel hair pasta salad and sardine flatbread for summer. Saxon + Parole’s Naren Young is on bar duty, curating a list of aperitivos and “signature cocktails inspired by European cafes.” Small plates of crudos, vegetable-focused dishes and spuntini are available at the bar, and there’s a small outdoor terrace as well. 

Dante (79-81 MacDougal St.) is open for dinner at 5 p.m. daily; breakfast and lunch service are coming soon. 

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