Be my Italian Valentine

San Valentino Charlie BrownBuon San Valentino! Not sure how to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your Italian sweetheart? No money to take a romantic trip to Italy? Bring Italy home with these Italian date ideas.

Mangiare (Eat)

Want to impress your significant other with a home cooked Italian meal? Here’s a recipe from the Amateur Gourmet for Pasta Carbonara for beginners. All you need is a package of pasta, a package of bacon, and a few eggs! If you can make a simple breakfast, then you’ve got this recipe down.

For a literal pick-me-up after your pasta, take 10 minutes to put together Rachel Ray’s Quick Tiramisu. *For all who didn’t know, tiramisu in Italian means “a pick-me-up.”

Bere (Drink)

Italianize your celebration of love with a bottle of Prosecco, Champagne’s Italian cousin. Try these Wall Street Journal recommendations if you’re looking for some ideas.

For a sultry drink, try a Classic Bellini. This fruity Italian cocktail is made with one part peach puree and 3 parts Prosecco. Watch the video below to learn how to make your own.

Guardare (Watch)

  • Roman Holiday directed by William Wyler
    Audrey Hepburn, a princess, falls in love with Gregory Peck, an expat reporter in Rome.
  • Moonstruck directed by Norman Jewison
    Set in 1980’s Brooklyn, widowed Loretta Castorini decides to marry her long-term boyfriend, but must first mend the relationship between him and his brother.

Regalare (Gift)

Give simply with Baci Chocolates by Perugina. Follow their slogan and “say ‘I love you’ the Italian way.”

Other Date Ideas…

  • Take an Italian cooking class together. Find one in your area by checking out local Italian restaurants and Italian Language Schools. Deal sites such as Groupon and Living Social often have offers, as well!
  • Make homemade Lemoncello/Limoncino together. You can substitute pure alcohol for vodka. It takes about two weeks of fermentation before its ready!

And… here are a few Italian romanticisms for La Festa degli Innamorati (Day of Lovers), what Italians call Valentine’s Day.

Ascoltare (Listen)

  • Fly Me to the Moon- Frank Sinatra
  • Everybody Loves Somebody- Dean Martin
  • Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu- Domenico Modugno
  • Più Bella Cosa- Eros Ramazzotti
  • Amore Fermati- Fred Bongusto

Dire (Say)

Here are a few Italian love sayings:

  • Ti amo- I love you (said to husband/wife or fiancé)
  • Ti voglio bene– I love you (said to family, friends, and boyfriend/girlfriend)
  • Abbracci– Hugs
  • Baci – Kiss
  • Baciami! – Kiss me!
  • Amore mio– My love
  • Tesoro mio– My treasure/dear
  • Ti adoro – I adore you
  • Mi manchi- I miss you
  • Sei piu bella/bello del mondo– You’re the most beautiful/handsome in the world
  • Ti penso sempre – Thinking of you always
  • Sono innamorata/innamorato di te – I am in love with you.

Written by OSIA National Office Staff Assistant, Carol Cummings.

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