That’s Amore: Celebrate Valentine’s Day Italian Style

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It’s said that Valentine’s Day originated in Italy, in Rome to be precise.  Plus, Italy is a very romantic place – the food, the people, the music, the wine, the scenery, gondolas, Amore, gelato, fountains, etc.  So, Italy makes for great inspiration for a romantic Valentine’s Day celebration.  Here are some ways to add Italian touches to your Valentine’s Day.  First, play “That’s Amore” to get you in the mood.  Then:

Nothing says “I love you” like meatballs (and spaghetti) or any Italian food.  Or even more Valentine’s-like, there’s pasta, ravioli, pizza, and calzones in the shape of a heart.  You can order heart-shaped pizzas and other items from such places as: .  Papa John’s also used to offer this, but I’m not sure if they’re doing it this year.  You can make your own heart-shaped pizza (there are lots of recipes, google it), or mini ones (using cookie cutters) or mini heart-shaped calzones (pictured; just follow any calzone recipe you like, altering it as needed for size, and work it into a heart shape, top with cheese and a heart-shaped – cut with kitchen scissors – pepperoni).  You can find packages of heart-shaped pasta at various stores or order it online from:

There’s also adorable heart-shaped, striped ravioli:

What’s great about Italian food is a lot of it is red (marinara sauce), so it’s naturally Valentine’s Day ready.  Plus it’s decadent, fun to share, and served best with red wine.

More Italian Valentine’s touches:

Italian red wines – Chianti, and others

Prosecco sparkling wine

Strawberry gelato



Salad – red leaf lettuce, arugula, tomatoes, radish, artichoke hearts, red grapes, toasted pine nuts, fresh grated Parmesan, and red wine vinaigrette (and heart-shaped croutons)

Romantic ventures: gondola ride for two, if you live close to a place where they offer this, such as these places in California: Newport Beach, , Huntington Beach, , Redondo Beach , Long Beach, , San Diego/Coronado,

Also, it’s an Italian Valentine’s Day tradition to give Baci – chocolate hazelnut truffles from Perugia in the region of Umbria – to loved ones.  Baci means kiss or kisses.  You can order some from

San Valentino felice!  (I believe this means Happy Valentine’s Day in Italian)


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