The stars are all out twinkling in your favor, and you even feel like making a little wish. You are dressed down to the nines in your favorite little black dress, and your arm is tucked between your handsome honey. You both hop in the car, happy to have this little time to yourselves, ready for an evening of romance and bliss. Of course, this can't happen unless you have the perfect restaurant to begin your evening date. Central Illinois has some romantic hot spots that can make your special night a time to remember-whether it be for Valentine's Day or any other special occasion.
A great first choice is in Biaggis located in Champaign, Illinois. The fine Italian restaurant presents romantic dining spots set for two or larger for groups as well. On the tables set delicious and addicting baskets of homemade bread with a special seasoned olive oil dipping sauce. On the menu you can select from either house-made or imported mouth pleasing pastas, warm and comforting soups, fresh and light salads or entrees that include steaks and chicken. Biaggis also offers a list of wines to making your dining experience just a bit more special. You can order a glass or dine on a bottle to perhaps even take home. For those couples who want to make the evening last just a little bit longer, you can carry home a delightful dessert that will take your palate into the wee hours of the early morning.
Another hot spot Tony's Restaurant. in Alton, Illinois has been in business since 1954. Madison county voted Tony's has having the best steak, atmosphere and best happy hour. Some of the dining rooms available to enjoy your meal in include the fountain room, Victorian room and the outdoor patio area. The atmosphere of the restaurant offers a relaxed setting yet decorated with elegant tones and fixtures. The walls of the interior draw to your eyes with the deep rich tones to give it more of a cozy feel as you dine with that special someone.
One of the most popular dishes served at Tony's is the Pepperloin Steak that is marinated in a special secret sauce that only the chef's at Tony's know all about. There is also plenty of mouth watering comfort pasta and seafood and chicken dishes. Some of the items from the seafood menu include salmon fillet and coconut shrimp. For chicken lovers, order entrees such as chicken parmigiana and garlic chicken. For that secret midnight snack to the kitchen, order a slice of mouth pleasing chocolate thunder. You and your honey can share together as you engulf in a sweet late night dessert. Tony's is open every day for dinner except on Mondays.
If you are in the mood for just some small chat or want to enjoy some drinks before a show, you can gather at Belleville's only wine and bistro in town, "The Wine Tap." The atmosphere of "The Wine Tap" is that of a European Bistro. A large outdoor courtyard also sits behind the bistro to enjoy the cool breezes and romantic night and starry sky. The bistro offers light items on the menu and just enough to go equally wine a fine glass of wine or your favorite draft beer. Some of the items include a cheese sampler that features a selection of four of the bistro's cheeses, savory carrot cheese cake, pizza Marguerite and a selection of flat breads. The menu also offers a variety of wines for you and your date to sip and relax to such as Cypress Sauvignon Blanc, Broquel Malbec, Capasoldo Pinot Grigio and Cypress Cabernet. The Wine Tap is open Thursdays through Saturdays beginning in the early evening.
So if the question of where to have a romantic date still hangs in the air as you and your special someone make plans, perhaps you may check into one of these fine romantic hot spots. While food and atmosphere enhanced the quality of a romantic night out, its what the two of you together will bring to the table as well, and the memories you create together to make it your own special night.