Sweep Your Date off Their Feet with the Ambiance and Food of an Italian Restaurant
Right about now, you’re on top of the world; you’ve acquired the phone number or contact details of someone you feel quite a special attraction towards, and they’ve reciprocated the interest—they’ve even agreed to a date this weekend! There’s just one issue—where do you go for a date these days? Drive-in theatres are all but extinct, and while your grandparents may have found a jukebox diner a perfectly charming location to split a milkshake, you want to be a little bit more creative than that. You want to find the most romantic restaurants Ottawa has to offer—the ones where you can sweep your date off of their feet. Here’s what to look for in good Italian restaurants:
Let’s get the obvious out of the way: in picking a restaurant to take the future Mr. or Mrs. Your-Name-Here to, the food should be of a certain quality. While some people think this means a taco truck or burger joint, it’s better to wait until the second date for something so casual—when you know for sure your date shares your taste for guilty pleasures. Italian restaurants are often seen in movies as romantic date locations, and for good reason. The cuisine is subtle and savoury, and carries an old world charm that evokes sophistication and romance.
This is integral to what separates Ottawa’s most romantic restaurants from the rest of the pack: the ambiance, the atmosphere, that feeling in the air. What makes for good ambiance varies from restaurant to restaurant, but it can include the décor, the music, and how many people are dining—you don’t want to be surrounded by so many people you can barely hear your date speak, but a first date can become strange if you are isolated and alone together. A comfortable number of people, seated just far enough from each other, means you get the din of people enjoying themselves in the air, and that feeling can be infectious. Again, think back to the classic Italian restaurant the couple goes to in a movie—comfortably alive and bustling, with room to breathe and a gentle, vibrant hum. The right ambiance is a kind of magic all in itself.
Bonus Tip: Figure out the Bill Beforehand
This sounds like a sure-fire way to kill the romantic vibe, but it’s better to know before you order than to worry about it throughout the whole date. Assumptions about who is paying can lead to awkward situations—especially if one person feels bitter about being made to pay for a particularly big meal, or has their pride on the line. Before you hit any romantic restaurant in Ottawa, check out what the menu prices look like, and clarify with your date—whether by saying, “It’ll be my treat!” or by asking them if it’s okay with them to “go Dutch,” et cetera. You’ll thank us when you avoid a much more awkward situation later!