Treat your sweetheart
with an Italian Valentines day dinner
Cooking is love made visible, someone once said. So here is our plan for this year's Valentines day dinner: skip the stress of reserving a table, avoid a tasteless prix-fixe menu and rediscover the intimacy and coziness of a date night at your home. With these easy-to-follow recipes, it will be incredibly simple to create an unforgettable romantic dinner to share with the people you love.
Start with an aperitivo and some Italian Drinks
What better way to kick things off than with a cocktail? The first step to create an unforgettable Valentines day dinner is to relax: turn your phones off, light some candles and sit back. Now it's time to enjoy one of your favorite Italian drinks.
You can opt for a Spritz, a bitter sweet refreshing aperitif, red like the love and easy-to-do. Or you can pot the cork on a Prosecco, the most romantic bubbles. This Italian sparkling wine with floral and citrus aromas is also a good idea to accompany the whole dinner. Want something more spiritous? A good Negroni is what you are looking for! Made with Campari, sweet vermouth, and gin, it is arguably one of the best Italian drinks in the world – and one of the simplest to create in the comfort of your own home for a delightful aperitivo.
Don't forget to prepare something to eat along with your Italian drinks. Prepare a few aperitivo dishes, light and delicious, to making way for a larger Valentines day dinner to come. A platter of cured meats, cheeses with jams and a some raw vegetables with extra virgin olive oil are definitely a rapid solution that will impress your significant others.
To go on: Italian pasta or an easy risotto recipe?
The main dish of your Valentines day dinner must be tempting and tasty yet not too complex… you want to spend time with your partner and family and not in the kitchen, right? Luckily, Pasta and Risotto are good ideas for a bunch of impressive but oh-so easy date night recipes!
Let's say it: when it comes to Pasta, one is spoilt for choice. If you love a garlic touch, a creamy Pesto sauce is the answer. Pasta with tuna and capers is the perfect solution if you want foretaste your summer holidays in Italy. Did you two fell il love under the Tuscan sun? then, you should have a good dish of Pici! Last but not least, Pasta alla Norma - with deliciously deep-fried eggplants - is the type of Pasta to prepare if you love hearty dishes.
Even if Italian Food is normally associated with Pasta, Risotto is very much present in Italian tables. There's a world of risotto recipes: from seafood risotto to mushrooms or truffle risotto and they all are a good alternative to the most famous Pasta. However, Risotto recipe has a reputation for being fussy—and that’s not totally untrue. The dish requires a little attention and stirring that can challenge amateur chefs. But don't worry, Eattiamo has the solution: two ready-to-go risotto recipes that has all the flavor and half the efforts of home-made risotto.
How to conclude the dinner: dessert, chocolate and Italian espresso!
The ancient Latins had a motto: Dulcis in Fundo, meaning the best, yummiest treat always comes at the end of something, usually after a meal. And when speaking of a day that's all about sweetness, a good Italian dessert is a must. Here's a few ideas for your Tiramisu, a classic Italian dessert, has a very sexy history: in Italian it literally means “pull me up, lift me up” and is said to be invented inside brothels to give their customers more energy...
If your plans are slightly different an you want to spend time at the table, talking and laughing with the people you love you can indulge with some Cantucci and a glass of Vin Santo: crunchy almond biscuits that are cooked twice in the oven in order to prevent them from spoilage and ensure a longer conservation. This double cooking makes them perfect for dipping. That’s why they are typically served with Vin Santo, a Tuscan liqueurs wine with note of hazelnuts and caramel...
If Aperitivo and Pasta were enough for you there's only a way to satisfy your sweet tooth and conclude your Valentines day dinner without feeling fuller: a good Italian Espresso and some bites of dark chocolate. Prepare the moka according to the tradition, cut some dark chocolate (have you ever tried dark chocolate with hot peppers and meringues?) on a board and serve everything together.