For Kevin and Kathi Cleary the opening of L’Amante in May 2003 was the culmination of many years of hard work in some of the best Italian restaurants in both the US and Italy. While not trying to recreate Italy in Vermont the Cleary’s set out to emulate the best Italian traditions of hospitality in food, wine and atmosphere. The straightforward philosophy behind L’Amante is to use the best available local ingredients along with distinct, indispensable imported items and combine them in inventive ways; while being true to the integrity of Italian cuisine. The result is a regional Italian menu comprised of simple, exciting, delicious food in the Italian way. This, combined with an extensive, mostly Italian, wine list, a casually-elegant dining room and professional, friendly service, results in a fantastic dining experience.