“Let’s go out for Valentine’s Day.”
Famous last words.
Dining out on the day of romance is likely to make you and your beloved victims of overpriced, ordinary food, tied up in the rip-off ribbon of a prix fixe.
That's why we thrifty lovebirds prefer to stay home and make our own romantic feast. And, rather than try to spend as much on homemade aphrodisiacs as we would have at the overpriced French bistro, we’ve decided to stick with heartwarming, stomach-filling favorites from the ultimate cuisine of frugal amore: Italian.
First, billowy ricotta is dressed with truffles and sweet honey. Simple grilled radicchio follows; it can easily be arranged on the plate in the shape of the heart ... should you please. Then, a tasty version of everyone’s Italian-American favorite, penne alla vodka (which, appropriately, is pink) is perfect for slurping romantically side by side.
Accompany dinner with a light red wine. Oh, and did we mention there's also dessert? It's a Valentine's surprise!