A “date night” almost always involves food — but I’m convinced that even if lunch or dinner wasn’t an existing societal expectation for a date, I would make it one. I somehow always manage to point everything back to food.
Every day bounces from one meal to the next. After breakfast, the first thing that comes to mind is, “I can’t wait for lunch.” Maybe that’s just me.
A date night out around Lynchburg, Virginia can be challenging, because it’s a college town buzzing with chain restaurants. However, there are some real gems you should all be aware of.
Isabella’s Italian Trattoria. A true blessing, a ruby in the midst of stones. We got dressed up all fancy and headed to this famous word-of-mouth restaurant, ready for romance.
When we arrived at the address, I was surprised to see the front of the restaurant nestled in the middle of an ordinary strip mall. Once inside, the strip mall around us ceased to exist. We stepped into the open space, surrounded by flickering candles, glowing lanterns, and modern white and silver decor. Leather and wood added to the chic layout.
Once we sat down, we knew we were smitten. A restaurant is really only as good as it’s beginning bread. So we knew instantly that this was going to be fantastic. Hearty slices of nutty bread sat warmly near some sourdough, and were served with a dish of flirtatious olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette and fresh ground pepper.
We started with a salad and lobster bisque. I’m always up for a great bisque, but the salad was right up my alley. Fig and Gorgonzola with candied walnuts and an apple dressing. Delish. The man and I both love carbs, erego we love pasta, so we very fittingly chose this Italian bistro to indulge in proper Italian fashion.
I’m going to skip any kind of ado, and let you in on the intimate details of our meal.
My Roasted Butternut Squash & Sage Pasta dish was heavenly. It was everything I love about pasta, and squash, and buttery goodness. Linguine tossed with roasted butternut squash, sage, parmesan, and brown butter, tossed with toasted walnuts for good measure. The kicker of the evening, however, was my husband’s dinner.
The Spicy Chicken & Sausage Orecchiette is the must-have of the evening. It swiftly became our staple menu item. It was love at first saucy bite. Italian sausage and white meat chicken is tossed lovingly in a light garlic and parmesan cream sauce. Completely perfect.
For dessert, we decided to take a trip to heaven via the fluffiest, creamiest, most delightful mocha cheesecake on the planet. Truly, truly, what a cloud would taste like if you soaked it in java. And butter. And cream, maybe, too. Made by a local lady (Lynchburg’s own “Sooo Cheesy!”) full of divine creamy talents, this cheesecake tops the charts.
If you love Italian or just simply love butter or good tastes in your mouth, make your next date night Isabella’s.