A heart as red as marinara.

So what did everyone do for Valentine’s Day?  If you braved the restaurant crowds I hope you had some  patience.  Jay and I celebrated early but we still had a great time!
On Friday, we dined at Dante & Luigi’s, which is said to be the oldest restaurant in Philadelphia!  We had been there once before for my graduation and our experience was better than the first time.
The restaurant is very old Italian and you feel like you’re sitting in your Grandma’s kitchen.  You  might as well be, because the food is that good.
We started off with a few drinks.  I had a glass of the house Pinot Noir and Jay had a Peroni.
We were also given some excellent crusty Italian bread that I dipped in olive oil.
It’s pretty rare for us to get appetizers, let alone share one, but we decided to try an antipasto freddo, a cold appetizer of  imported prosciutto, provolone & Sicilian olives.
I also had a simple house salad and Jay had the ceasar salad.  I was kicking myself after that I didn’t get that tasty salad!
For my entree I chose a dish my sister ordered last time we visited.
Farfalli & Mushrooms: Bow tie pasta with a trio of mushrooms in a basil cream sauce.
This pasta dish is unbelievably delectable.  I rarely order pasta at restaurants but this is something I can’t pass up.  The sauce is so flavorful and the mushrooms just melt into the pasta.  Definitely one of the best Italian dishes I have ever had.
And Jay had chicken parm.
He said that this is now the best chicken he has ever had.
We had to get dessert  to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Any excuse, right ;) And Dante & Luigi’s makes homemade gelato!  How could we pass that up?
We shared some chocolate gelato, which was perfectly creamy and rich.  A perfect way to end our great night!
After dining here for the second time, I can confidently say that Dant e& Luigi’s is not only one of my favorite restaurants, but also some of the best Italian food I’ve had at a restaurant.
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7 thoughts on “A heart as red as marinara.

  1. I was just checking my Twitter feed when a notice of your new blog post just appeared! Yum – Warm bread dipped in olive oil and maybe balsamic vinegar is a must for me when dining out at an italian resto.

    Looks like you had a fabulous night! Those pictures are making me hungry, which reminds me I should go for my lunch break now :)

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