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Dates around the world (right in your city): Italy

Let Italy inspire your romance.  The Grand Canal in Venice.
Let Italy inspire your romance. The Grand Canal in Venice.
Amanda Dahl

There is just something about Italy that inspires romance. When a place boasts about the likes of Romeo and Casanova though, it is hard to compete. It isn’t easy to imitate la dolce vita in our fast-paced society, but taking time out to enjoy the sweetness of life can spark deeper desires and inspire romantic notions. Perhaps it’s time to visit the idea of Italy right here in your city:

Let Italy inspire your romance.
Amanda Dahl

The Neighborhood

The Hill is a necessary stop on your Italian tour in St. Louis. With fire hydrants painted in homage of Italy’s flag, you can see the pride the people of this neighborhood have for their roots. Take your date for a stroll through the business district and enjoy the smells wafting out of the kitchens to tempt your tastebuds. Stop in at Milo’s for a rousing game of bocce ball where you and your lover can go against each other to see who can roll closest to the pallino (or target) ball.

The Eats

St. Louis is the birthplace of the scrumptious appetizer known as toasted ravioli. Many lay claim to the fame of the deep-fried dish but the original restaurant resided where Mama on the Hill’s currently holds stake. Guarantee that any number of eateries in the area is bound to please both of your appetites. Anthonina’s Taverna can serve up a lip-smacking pizza and help you keep this date affordable. If you want a more exclusive experience, indulge at Charlie Gitto’s with a tender veal dish or seafood pasta. Make sure to save room for the sinfully sweet treat known as gelato, which is served just up the street from the church at Gelato di Riso. There, the creamy dessert is created by hand with rich bases straight from Italy. Take a page out of the romantic Italian’s books and live “la dolce vita.”

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