LOVE at FIRST BITE
Date night’s solved with CityCenterDC’s plethora of passion-fuelled dining options.
The perfect Valentine’s Day formula? Giving (and receiving) thoughtfully picked gifts and taking full advantage of the cherished moment to be together. If their love language falls in the quality time category, CityCenterDC is where you’ll want to score the big-day reservation. Got plans to stay in and spark the romance there (acts of service, anyone?) We’ve got you covered with fabulous to-go options that are equally elevated and convenient. Check out all the delicious details below.
Wine & Dine
Yet to sort out your Valentine’s Day agenda? Settle into a prix fixe dinner at Fig & Olive with someone you’re sweet on. The three-course meal on offer—an appetizer, entrée and delectable dessert of your choice—is imbued with romance-sparking elements at every turn. You could start with the beef carpaccio, finished with a punchy black truffle vinaigrette and shaved Grana Padano. If you’re feeling more like fish, try the yellowfin tuna tartare, heightened by avocado, preserved lemon, pickled fennel and jalapeño. The mains are just as indulgent: black pepper and anise-rubbed duck breast, spicy lobster spaghetti, Atlantic salmon or a mushroom-heavy mafaldine pasta. To finish, take your pick from a delicate raspberry and labneh mousse or a heat-tinged flourless chocolate cake. No matter which culinary turn you take, you’ll be feeling the love.
Sweet on You
Make a major impression during a date night in with Centrolina’s always-special pasta kits. Four hand-crafted pastas paired with four complementary sauce accompaniments (hello, ricotta-stuff beet ravioli with lemon butter!) The best part? The D.C. institution will ship these ready-to-assemble dinners anywhere in the US.
Nothing heightens the Valentine’s Day vibes like a specialty cocktail to start the night—and at Del Friscos, that’s the Forbidden Fruit. Handcrafted with Wheatley vodka, Cointreau orange liqueur, Monin pomegranate syrup, grapefruit juice and a touch of bubbly prosecco, it’s a satisfying sip available all throughout February.
A thoughtful scoop from Dolcezza is the perfect way to say “I love you”. The gelato house’s special Valentine’s Day offering, gianduja, highlights a rich chocolate base mixed with roasted hazelnut praline. Grab a pint to go so you can savor it all month (not that it will last that long!)