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Boston: Dante
40 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge; 617-497-4200

In recent years, Boston has done much to shake off its tweedy patrician image, thanks to a slew of ambitious new restaurants and relaxed grazing spots.

An airy, minimalist room with views of the Boston skyline, Dante is the latest arrival among the city's stylish new Mediterranean restaurants. The alta cucina (haute cuisine, Italian-style) offerings—porcini-basted scallops with truffled tapioca, handmade spaghetti with Maine crab—reflect chef Dante de Magistris's training at three-star Don Alfonso in Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi, Italy. Dinner for two, $100.