Happy gorgeous weekend to you! Are you making plans for next weekend’s Valentine’s Day? With it being on a Saturday, you will have ample opportunity to really enjoy it.
When I think of Valentine’s Day and romance, I think of romantic meals, (food of course!) and when I think of romantic meals, I think Italian. I am probably supposed to think French, but I have never prepared anything French in my life (but a lot of Italian!) So for this weekend’s post, I have a few Italian things I want to share with you. Perhaps you will find some inspiration here to help you with your Valentine’s Day plans.
First up… this cute cute shop (that has unfortunately closed in its Virginia Highlands location of Atlanta.)The photos above (and below) are from Bella Cucina. It offered wonderful ingredients for Italian cooking and housed a lovely little sandwich shop. But there is good news for us! Its website still remains open, and you can order any of those delicious pestos, olive oils, breads and other things for your Italian dinner any time you like.
Now if you really want to have a full taste of Italy party, here are some inspirational photos from a Taste of Tuscany party.
and the gorgeous cookies that were the dessert.
If you need an idea for an invitation here is one that is perfect.
(It would also make a great centerpiece.)
You might like these for an appetizer…
or this for your salad.
If you’d rather have a simple meal, here is a pretty pizza party.
(And don’t you think it looks perfect for Valentine’s Day?)
If you are putting together a gift for someone special, how about an Italian dinner gift basket?
Then you could have fun cooking the dinner together. Or maybe you are not cooking at all, and you will be enjoying your Valentine’s dinner out. If you live near Atlanta, you can visit the Little Italy area on the Westside.
My husband and son ate at Antico yesterday . (There is a video tour of the restaurant here.) It is my son’s favorite pizza place. The always packed eat-with-strangers-at-your-table dining area would not be my choice for Valentine’s Day though. And the parking is awful in this area, but there is valet parking available across the street.
My husband and son had the Diavola pizza there.
My choice for a Valentine’s date would be Gio’s- which happens to be right next door.
(Video tour here.)
And this is the dish to order there – Sorrento lemon chicken.
When you finish your meal, go behind the restaurant for dessert here…
Gelato imported from Italy
inhonorofdesign.com photo by Chelsea Heidorn Photography
And if you have time, wander across the street to Bottega Luisa, a tiny Italian market.
That would be my idea of a fun (and delicious!) Valentine’s date. Oh, and we could finish it up with a movie at home. It would be hard to choose between these two…
Letters to Juliet