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L'Amante Restaurant Review: While L'Amante shares the same street as popular corner pubs, it easily eclipses Burlington's ubiquitous eateries. Co-owners Kathi and Kevin Cleary, the latter of whom wore the toque at Boston's Pignoli, deliver some of this town's best Italian fare. From novel treats like seasonal, honey tempura squash fritters stuffed with mild Taleggio to an unimpeachable penne bolognese, there is a host of Mediterranean riches. Better yet, since primi piatti is available in half or full portions, guests can play the field. Don't miss the creamy risotto topped with braised Vermont rabbit. You'll find no shortage of martinis on the chic list of cocktails, but we recommend ordering from the rather Roman wine cellar. Unfortunately, only a handful of Cleary's collection is offered by the glass, which means you can't even begin to plumb its depths in one trip. But you can open with a lush Sicilian Chardonnay before pairing your pasta against the bold tones of a super Tuscan. For dessert, we prefer strawberry basil ice cream over grappa, though the house does a splendid job with both.