Nothing says “Classic Date Night” quite like an intimate and romantic dinner for two. Starting off a date with a nice evening dinner can really set the mood for the rest of the evening and for future dates to come. This is why choosing the right setting and the right establishment is key. However, once you get there, there are still decisions to be made, as you want to order the right dishes to keep your date night headed in the right direction.
Here are some of the best dishes to order on a date.
Appetizers for Sharing
Eating out during a romantic dinner shouldn’t just be about each of you indulging in your own meals. A date is a great time for sharing and getting to know one another and your food preferences. Start the date off right with an appetizer to split. It will bring you closer together, and give you something to discuss. However, sometimes appetizers can be messy, so stick with an option that is easy to eat, nothing takes the romance out of a dinner like spilling or slurping on your first course.
While a glass of wine isn’t really a “dish” it is a great addition to any date night. A nice glass of wine that is perfectly paired with your meal can actually enhance the food that you are eating. Plus, sipping a glass of wine can help you relax and unwind so you can really enjoy the date night ahead of you.
If your dinner is the precursor to an evening of fun, then consider antipasti. It is not only fun to share and will often push you out of your normal comfort zone, but it is typically quite light as well. This means you don’t have to worry about getting bogged down and tired for the rest of the evening by over eating.
This may not be the dish that most people think of when it comes to a romantic evening, but a perfectly-crafted pizza can be just the thing to make any night special. You can learn a lot about a person based on what they order on their pizza and it once again gives you an opportunity to share. Plus, it can be a great trip down memory lane as you reminisce about your favorite childhood pizza memories.
Steak for Two
Who doesn’t love a perfectly prepared steak? Some of the best steaks out there are actually massive porterhouse cuts that are meant for sharing. Ordering a steak on a date is always a safe bet, as you know you are going to get a delicious, filling, but not stuffing entrée. Splitting a porterhouse for two can also let you know what your companion likes to order and how they like to enjoy their meat. Plus, it is easy to eat and not a dish that you have to worry about making a mess with.
A date night isn’t complete without a sweet ending. Desserts are a great addition to any date night meal. You can always go with a sweet, light classic such as tiramisu that is fun to share or sample something sweet and fun like gelato, one of the most romantic deserts out there. A nice tasting of gelato can instantly transport you to Italy and help provide the perfect ending to a perfect meal.
The right date night meal can make all of the difference in how memorable your evening is. Whether you are on a first date, or spending a special night out with your spouse, take the time to choose the right dishes for your meal. The right food can be just what your date needs to go from ordinary to something special.