Dante’s: 215 Walton St, Syracuse, (315) 479-9383
Decidedly upscale, Dante’s has possibly the most underappreciated chef in Syracuse. This guy is brilliant and it shows in his cooking. Half the menu is Italian, and you should try it. But there’s Italian, great and not-so-great, in every corner of Onondaga County. At Dante’s, don’t miss the only opportunity in the entire Central New York region to try dishes and tapas that are Spanish – meaning the Spain variety. Think paella, jamón serrano, queso manchego, boquerones. You’ll be inspired to hop a plane to Madrid.