Co-owners Joe Scarlotto and Bob O'Leary have run successful restaurants in other Seacoast communities, and the Portsmouth natives have teamed to create a sports bar and restaurant that reflects their local roots. With the opening of The Shanty in September 2013, they had the neighborhood sports bar. When Dante's Pizzeria opened a year later, Scarlotto and O'Leary had realized their dream. The Shanty and Dante's Pizzeria quickly became one of the area's go-to spots for Seafood and Pizza, with a high-quality sandwich and entree menu and a full-service bar featuring a constantly evolving array of draft beers, from classics to local craft brews.
The Shanty offers a vibrant pub atmosphere, with the biggest games always being shown on eight full-sized HD TV's. Dante's Pizzeria has comfortable seating for 60, including booths for two to 10 people and eight more big screens. Families are welcomed and encouraged; the menu appeals to people of all ages. The Shanty and Dante's Pizzeria specializes in hosting area athletic teams' post-game parties, with home delivery and catering available on request.