Best Italian Restaurants in the U.S.
Courtesy of L'Amante
L'Amante, Burlington, VT
Husband-and-wife team Kathi and Kevin Cleary opened L’Amante a block from the Lake Champlain Waterfront with an everything-old-is-new-again Italian idea: that they try to make as much as possible by hand, pastas, gnocchi, sauces, bread, desserts, you name it. And whether you’re sitting in the bright, open dining room with white tablecloths, or on the clean wood banquette, you reap the benefits of the philosophy they’ve fine-tuned during their more than 40 combined years of culinary experience in the States and in Italy. Squash blossom fritters stuffed with Taleggio and drizzled with local honey is one of L’Amante’s greatest hits, but chef Kevin Cleary’s favorite dish to cook is the potato-crusted sea bass with sautéed greens and citrus beurre blanc.