Columbus offers many great options for Valentine’s Day dinner. What you choose will likely guide the remainder of your night. We have decided to break this down for you, and then leave you with our top suggestion.
One option is fast food, and on Wendy’s menu you are at least guaranteed a Frosty on Valentine’s Day. Be warned, though, if you choose to take your sweetie to one of these establishments, you should be ready to update your dating profiles since there’s a good chance you’ll be looking for love again…soon. But fear not, our cheap friend, you will have learned a lesson that will stay with you the rest of your life!
To avoid that lesson, we suggest you class up the night. Jumping way up in class and romance points, we suggest one of the neighborhood LGBTQ restaurants. Union Café and Level Dining Lounge stand out as great options! Your food will be delicious, the atmosphere will be fun, and if you want to sneak a smooch with the object of your affection, you will be able to do so without getting a strange look from an in-house passerby. The service is equally great at either restaurant.
If, however, you are like your trusted TasteBuds, you will want to do something a bit different. For Valentine’s Day this year, we highly recommend our favorite old stand-by: TAT Ristorante di Famiglia.
This family-owned and -operated establishment is parked over at the corner of James and Livingston and has been a Columbus go-to since 1929. Restaurants don’t stick around for 86 years unless they are worth it, and trust us, it is so worth it.
At TAT, you will find traditional Italian fare: homemade egg noodles, stacks of lasagna, amazing breads and a homemade ragu that is second only to Grandma Moffo’s.
We recommend the Fresh Veal Scallopine – sautéed with mushrooms, onions and green peppers, these little medallions of goodness melt in your mouth. Also, their Chicken Cacciatore is traditional, old-school Italian: chicken sautéed in olive oil and wine with mushrooms, onions, peppers, garlic and tomato sauce. Note about the cacciatore – it makes for incredible warm-ups!
Their pastas are out-of-this-world! Homemade noodles, homemade ragu, homemade meatballs, homemade everything. Get a bottle of their house Chianti to go along with your pasta dish – they have paired it perfectly.
Walking into TAT is an experience in itself. The décor very classic: they haven’t changed it much over the last 30 or so years. However, it somehow still works. The dining room is comfortable, and it still smells like smashed tomatoes, wine and all the interesting stories those well-papered walls have seen.
We have saved TAT Ristorante di Famiglia for a very special review as it is our long-time favorite. Valentine’s Day seems fitting since we love it so much! Even four thumbs up cannot describe how perfect this place is. However, we hold all four sauce-covered digits sky high in hopes that you and your sweetie will give them a try. Trust the TasteBuds – you will not be disappointed.