Delicious Devotion: A Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

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Precious Pairs
Market St. Grocery, our favorite boutique shopping haunt, is offering a five-course Valentine’s Day Dinner, complete with Collefrisio wine pairings, at their Wine Bar on February 14. The menu opens with something sure to warm you up on a blustery winter day – a soup of pumpkin, potato, pork, and parsley. An appetizer of lamb, beef, tomato, eggplant, and carrot makes up the second course. The first entrée features beef, sugar beet, basil, and almond, while entrée two consists of expertly prepared fish seasoned with ginger, saffron, and lemon. For a final course, a confection of squash, rum, vanilla, and sesame will be offered.
2 seatings:
• First seating is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the five-course menu. Cost is $75 per person.
• Second seating begins at 9 p.m. for the five –course menu. Cost is $75 per person.
 
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That’s Amore
Nothing says love quite like comfort food – so we’re celebrating like Italians this Valentine’s Day, and treating our amores to a romantic four-course dinner at Lidia’s. Skillfully crafted by Executive Chef Daniel Walker, the mouth-watering prix fixe menu begins with antipasti: a choice of appetizers featuring surf, turf, and veggies alike. Primi is going to be rich house-made pasta dishes, including Lidia’s signature chocolate and carb combo, Chocolate Ravioli, prepared with butternut squash, brown butter, and sage. And because some of us are just in it for the dolce, we’re all about the espresso-soaked Ladyfinger cookies with Mascarpone and chocolate – a take on a traditional Tiramisu. The Valentine’s Day four-course dinner is priced at $55 per person. A wine pairing is optional and may be added for an additional $45.
 
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Smiley Face
No Pittsburgher has ever chosen a box of chocolates over a box of Smiley Cookies. Eat’n Park’s Sweetheart Smiley Cookie packs feature six of their classic Valentine Smiley Cookies and six New Sparkly Heart Cookies for just $6.99, available until February 14. Take the classic pairing of cookies and milk to new heights this February by swapping out that dairy for your favorite wine or bubbly and choosing a seductively sweet confection to couple with it. The latest addition to Eat’n Park’s array of sweets, the New Sparkly Heart Cookie, is an obvious choice.
 
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Dinner at Home
Black Radish Kitchen is preparing a “Valentine’s Day Love Pick-up” from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on February 14 to accommodate the couples who prefer cuddling up on the couch to, well, just about anything. Dinner for two offers a veggie lovers option as well as something for the meat-crazed – both options include five courses as well as freshly baked bread. Chef-made dandelion ravioli served with roasted mushroom tomato ragu and house-made ricotta steals the show in the vegetarian dinner, while the main event for the meat-crazed is a rich short rib ravioli in roasted tomato gravy. Cost is $75.
 
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Love and Laughter
You can’t have love without laughter, and Bella Sera is hosting the perfect event to celebrate the harmony between the two. Their 18th Annual Hearts & Jokers is scheduled for February 9 at 6:30 p.m. The evening will kick off with a cash bar at 6:30 p.m., quickly followed by a live musical performance by the Pittsburgh-based group Two Tall Twins at 7p.m. To the delight of the hungry hearts out there, a four-course seated dinner service will begin at 7:30 p.m., and the menu is jam-packed with decedent dishes prepared by Executive Chef Giuseppe Di Gristina. Cost is $75 per guest.
 
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Put Her Name On It
There are three products produced in every single batch of vodka – the heads, the hearts, and the tails. Each hand-sealed bottle of Boyd & Blair potato vodka contains only the sweetest alcohol produced from each batch, the hearts. It only follows logic that Boyd & Blair would offer the perfect opportunity to show our loves that, much like premium vodka, we’re all heart this Valentine’s Day. Taking attention to detail to an extreme, this locally distilled vodka – made from locally grown potatoes – can be personalized proudly: “A toast to us, Caitlin.” Cheers!
 
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Cocktails & Comfort Food
An upscale dining experience in a casually chic setting is just what we look for in a romantic dinner. So, we’re marking our calendars – not once, not twice, but three times – for the Valentine’s Day celebration at Acorn, scheduled for the day of love itself as well as February 10 and 17. Prepared by Chef Scott Walton, the four-course prix fixe menu includes standout dishes such as dry aged beef tar tar with chow chow, egg, and chive as well as the ultimate show-stopping dessert, baked Alaska. As the evening winds to a close, we’ll be toasting to love with signature cocktails crafted in celebration of the holiday: Tickle Me Pink, a creamy combination of pink-pistachio, raspberry, and rum, and That Thing You Do!, a deliciously tropical concoction. Cost is $65 per person.
 
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PDA – Public Display of Appetite
This Valentine’s Day, fl.2 invites us to cozy up to a menu crafted with love in a setting built for romance. The four-course prix fixe menu presents choices of French Kiss Oysters, Filet Mignon, Scallops, and Eggplant Curry. For dessert, the culinary experts at fl.2 have prepared a milk chocolate Greek Yogurt Mousse. We’ll also be enjoying a specialty cocktail formulated specifically for the evening: Total Eclipse of the Heart contains activated charcoal, scotch, lime and pineapple juice, simple syrup, habanero bitters, and vegan foamer. Cost is $75 per couple, not including cocktails.