Delight is in the details at Water Gap's Antelao Restaurant

Pay attention, and the quietest details tell the loudest tales. That's the case at Antelao Restaurant in Delaware Water Gap.

Chef Michael De Lotto at work at Antelao in Delaware Water Gap. The restaurant, with a small but sophisticated menu, can seat 24 in what was the parlor of a Victorian home.

The ''no cell phone'' sign by the door barely registered in my consciousness when I entered. But on my way out — after savoring dish after dish of this restaurant's exceptional fare — I understood why owners Michael and Elvi De Lotto protect the integrity and purity of the dining experience down to the smallest detail.

Thick and colorful gardens front the graceful old Victorian home that houses the restaurant along the main drag of this quaint Pocono town. Inside, with only a half dozen tables in the small dining room, it's personal, intimate and quiet. It's a white-cloth restaurant, but even so, casual attire is fine.

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Water Gap Wonder

Sunday, June 29, 2003

In this patch of the Poconos, the Delaware River has created quite a spectacle. Stylish new inns and eateries cater to admirers.

By Mike Shoup

DELAWARE WATER GAP, Pa. — First there was the part that feeds the soul: an arduous but exhilarating hike to the 1,527-foot pinnacle of Mount Tammany on a crisp, sunny spring morning, rewarded by sweeping views of the gap and the Delaware River that formed it eons ago. Not for nothing have generations of tourist promoters referred to this as the "Eighth Scenic Wonder of the World."

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Long-time bakers open own slow-paced restaurant

April 15-21, 2002
Business Journal Correspondent

Their mutual love of preparing food and serving people has taken Michael and Elvi Delotto from owning and running a bakery to their newest labor of love, Antelao Restaurant in Delaware Water Gap. "Since we were able to build this place from the ground up, we are responsible for the entire concept," Michael says. "We didn't want an existing restaurant and we didn't want anything that had a reputation for what was already there."
After 10 years of getting up in the wee hours of the morning to bake the pastries and breads that their bakery, Sassafras Ovens in Gilbert, was so well known for, the Delottos decided it was time to look for another outlet to enjoy their love of food.

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Cooking the Birdie

Pocono Record - April 24, 2005