Italian-Themed Date Night + Baked Meatballs

Italy is a pretty tough place to replicate in the foothills of rural southern Indiana. We just don’t have the architecture, the history, or the culture to compete. However, with a little ingenuity, it’s possible to create an Italian-themed date night that provides some of the sights, sounds, and smells of Italy. Since neither of us has been to Italy, we’re basing that frame of reference on our visits to Fazoli’s and Olive Garden.

Good Eats (Camaraderie)

For this Italian-themed date night, we decided to go with the Good Eats Baked Meatballs. Over the years, we’ve created a good deal of Italian dishes but we’ve never made meatballs. The recipe was wonderful. Some highlights are the three different types of meat (lamb, round, and pork), frozen spinach, and a nice punch of red pepper flakes. We loved the flavors and had seconds for sure. It was a delicious meal and fun to prepare. This meal also set an Italian mood for sure! In the background, we had the Italian Traditional Pandora station playing in the background. Lots of opera and foreign language but we’re cool with that in moderation and it sounded way romantic.

Raw Materials for Good Eats Baked Meatballs

Mixed Raw Materials for Good Eats Baked Meatballs

Rolled Up Good Eats Baked Meatballs

Breading for Good Eats Baked Meatballs

Pre-Baked Good Eats Baked Meatballs

Baked Good Eats Baked Meatballs

Good Eats Baked Meatballs

Good Plan (Initiative)

We had two parts to our Italian-themed date night activity. First, we rented one of the most highly rated classic Italian films, Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn and a guy who apparently had no prior acting experience before (and hopefully none afterward). We learned something about classic films: just because it’s a classic doesn’t mean it’s actually good. We turned it off after about an hour.

For our second Italian-themed date night activity we created an Italian-themed picture frame to commemorate our date together. We looked up some of the most romantic Italian phrases and picked our favorite. This was sweet and exposed us to a bit of  language of Italy. Our favorite phrase was Amore ti Amo, which means I Love You My Love. We painted a picture frame with this romantic phrase and now have a remnant of our romantic date night, which now sits at our desk. It’s good a thing we love each other, because our penmanship and painting skills are sitting right around the fourth grade level.

Italian Themed Date Night Picture Frame

Finished Italian Picture Frame

Good Conversation (Depth)

1. What is your sweetest memory from the last few weeks (of baby Haddon’s birth)?

2. When you’re able to take your first day off (more than three hours), where you would like to spend it so I can begin planning for it?

3. For our first date night-out, where would you like to spend it?