If you and your not-yet-official partner are ready to move past the "meeting for coffee" stage and about to schedule an official first date, having dinner together is the next logical step. Deciding where to go can often be angst-inducing – you want to go somewhere nice but not over-the-top, and you want to make sure there are things you can both eat. If you can't decide what's just right for a first dinner date, here are some reasons to consider an Italian restaurant.
Asking your date to dinner at a restaurant with table service shows that you are interested in spending some time talking over dinner and getting to know each other. Opting for a full-service restaurant rather than carry-out help shows that you respect the person's space and aren't trying to rush them into coming to your house. Italian restaurants can be romantic, intimate, family-oriented or pub-style, so you'll have lots of choices for the setting and atmosphere. Of course, if your date goes well and you mutually decide to move forward, you'll still have that option after dinner.
Food choices won't be an issue here, because whether the restaurant is upscale or casual, you know they'll have pizza. You won't have to worry about being surprised by an unrecognizable interpretation of a cuisine item when you order this standby. It's virtually universally loved, easy to eat and available for almost all dietary restriction and preferences. If your date suddenly reveals that they are gluten-sensitive, vegetarian or lactose intolerant, most Italian restaurants can create a pizza that everyone can enjoy. If the two of you like different toppings, you can order a pizza with half having one topping and half with the other. And if your date comes from a culture or part of the world where pizza isn't common, it's a great way to introduce them to a staple of American culture.
Other menu offerings at Italian restaurants make it even easier to accommodate both your date and your mood. If one person wants pizza but the other wants pasta, you'll both be happy. If you're concerned that you'll accidentally slurp your spaghetti in front of your special someone, you can go for the ravioli or manicotti. Likewise, if you're eager to show off your superior pasta-twirling skills, you can order spaghetti and make a great impression. Meat eaters, vegetarians, low-carbers and dieters can all find something they'll like on the typical Italian restaurant menu.
If you've been agonizing over restaurant ideas for that first official dinner date, look no further than you local Italian restaurants. You can choose a more family-friendly atmosphere to keep things light, or a quieter, more intimate place if you want to get more romantic. Whatever your intentions are or where the evening leads you, an Italian restaurant makes the perfect setting for a first dinner date. If the relationship turns into something serious, you'll also have a great memory and a place that will always be special.