Little Italy Event: Valentine’s Day Evening of Music, Italian Lessons, Shopping and Dining

You can’t get more romantic than Little Italy on Valentine’s Day. Spend your evening here and sparks are sure to fly as you listen to roving violinists while window shopping, sip Chianti while feasting on a multi-course Italian dinner, and pick up some new Italian phrases with your sweetheart. This Valentine’s Day, love is in the air as Little Italy’s ‘Amore Night’ charms lovebirds with free language lessons, dinner specials, complimentary cannoli and shopping discounts. Embrace these Little Italy’s ‘Amore Night’ perks:

A walk down Mulberry Street reveals several authentic Italian restaurants with prix fixe menus and drink specials this Valentine’s Day. While specials vary from place to place, you’ll enjoy a sugar rush no matter where you go as all of the restaurants along Mulberry Street offer a complimentary Valentine’s Day cannoli with your dinner. Buon appetito!

Grotto Azzurra and Sofia’s are among the restaurants with ‘Amore Night’ deals. Grotta Azzurra’s prix fixe menu ($44.95 per person) features lobster ravioli and filet mignon alla gorgonzola as well as wine specials. The cavernous restaurant has recently been renovated to embody one of the most famous caves in the world and Chef Frank Castellana recreates some of Italy’s classic specialties. Reservations are recommended and can be made online or by phone.

177 Mulberry St.; 212-925-8775;

The Chef’s Special at Sofia’s includes a four-course prix fixe menu featuring lamb chops, fettuccini and ciocolatto al tartufo e moscato – homemade cocoa-covered chocolate ganache truffles paired with a glass of sweet sparkling wine. Sofia’s is the place to venture out and try new wines. The staff will help you choose your perfect wine from the restaurant’s extensive selection. Reservations are recommended and you can either reserve online or by phone.

143 Mulberry St.; 212-219-9799;

Give the gift of knowledge to your sweetheart by taking a free mini Italian lesson together with Cactus Language. Learn the basics of the Italian language so you can impress your valentine and whisper sweet nothings to each other. The mini lesson will be offered on Valentine’s Day from 7pm-9pm at The Italian American Museum, located in the heart of Little Italy. The language class is designed to quickly build language and communication skills so that you and your sweetie will leave with the confidence to order your dinner in Italian and humor your waiter in your attempts to perfect the Italian accent.

155 Mulberry St.; 212-965-9000

Shopping is another highlight of Little Italy. The area is home to boutique clothing and accessory stores, along with food stores carrying imported goods from Italy. This Valentine’s Day, Accessories By Regali will take 20% off your purchase when you show them your dinner receipt from one of the restaurants in Little Italy.

119 Mulberry St.; 212-925-5501

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