Our Mini Family: Date Night Idea | Classic Italian Dinner at Home


Nov 22, 2015

Date Night Idea | Classic Italian Dinner at Home


This post is brought to you by Bertolli. Today, I'm sharing the details from the latest date night Adam and I had, in hopes that you'll be inspired to share with us how YOU dine like an Italian (with a very exciting sweepstakes for you to enter!) 



Dining out is a classic date night idea, but Adam and I work hard and we aren't fond of spending all of our hard earned money on expensive and extravagant outings to fancy Italian restaurants. We are, however, very fond of the idea of enjoying classic Italian food together! Adam is an Italian American, and from the first date we had together, I learned very quickly that if I wanted to impress him with my cooking skills I needed to hone in on my Italian cooking ASAP! But more importantly, when I married Adam, I knew I was also marrying into Italian American culture.





What exactly does Italian American culture look like? Well, I can't speak for everyone, but let me tell you a little bit about what you could expect from a typical, Italian family meal: imagine entering a rowdy room filled with the aromas of decadent sauces simmering, and the whole family is crowding around the oven laughing and loudly preparing dinner. As you make your way through the room, someone (maybe an aunt or a grandmother) stops you and welcomes you to family dinner by telling you to take your coat off, grab a drink, and come help the rest of the ladies finish cooking. I may not be Italian by heritage, but the Italian dinners I've been a part of make me feel like famiglia! 



So how does that Italian dinner environment translate into date night? Well, Adam and I can certainly get loud, and we love to prepare our food together! We started off our date night at home earlier this week by having a glass of wine, and breaking out the Bertolli! Having a comfortable, down-to-earth Italian dinner with my one and only is my #MangiaMoment




What exactly is 'mangia?' Well, it goes a little something like this: enjoying an authentic Italian meal, while laughing and making memories with your friends or loved ones! Anytime we want to dine like Italians and have a #MangiaMoment, we break out the Bertolli




Do you love Italian food, too? I want to see how YOU dine like an Italian with your #MangiaMoment--and today, we've partnered with Bertolli to run a sweepstakes and award 3 lucky readers with their very own $150 prize pack (and one extra special surprise!)

 The entry rules are simple: 

***BONUS*** 5 participants in the #MangiaMoment sweepstakes that embody the most Mangia spirit will be invited on an exclusive trip to Wine Country (California) in Spring 2016, to celebrate Bertolli's 150th anniversary and attend a fabulous Bertolli's Mangia Themed event!



Don't forget to enter my giveaway (above) so you have a chance to 
win the trip to Wine Country through the Bertolli sweepstakes!



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72 comments :

  1. It looks like you had a fun date night, it's important to make room for romance :) The food looks amazing x

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    1. We did have a fun date night--thank you! Yeah I totally agree. Making time for each other is so important, and yes the Bertolli tasted amazing!

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  2. these are really great meal ideas when you are in a hurry. I have not tried this brand yet

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    1. Most definitely! Bertolli frozen meals are effortless to make and they taste fantastic! You'll love them!

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  3. These sound amazing! I'll look for them in the store tomorrow!

    Lisa

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  4. I have not seen these meals. They look really good! I also want to come to one of your Italian dinners, it sounds wonderful!

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    1. The more the merrier--that's the Mangia way :D Hope you give the Bertolli meals a try since they are really awesome!

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  5. You two are so cute! I've seen these but haven't tried them. Thanks for sharing, great date night idea!

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    1. Hehe thanks, Danita! Hope you give them a try!

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  6. These look like it would be a quick and easy dinner. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Most definitely! Adam and I cooked them in our skillet rather quickly, and the end result was amazing!

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  7. I love date night - :) it's even more fun at home

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  8. I love having date night at home with my hubby. What a great giveaway you have here!

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    1. I hope you entered the sweepstakes, Janet!!

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  9. That looks so good! :) I love Bertolli products, they're the best!

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  10. I love date nights at home! Aside from the food sometimes being a disappointment at the local restaurants, it is very hard to have a conversation there.

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    1. I have to agree, Laura. Sometimes it can be hard to have an intimate date night when the restaurant environment is really loud and crowded. Date night at home can be the best!

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  11. Your photos are incredible! This pasta sounds and looks delicious. I think I will plan a sweet date night for my love soon, with this pasta of course :) Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks so much, Joyce! And you are more than welcome--hope you two have a great date night!

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  12. Cute picture of the two of you :) Looks like dinner was yummy!

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  13. so fun!! I love pasta, it's just so easy and delicious!

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  14. I love a great pasta dinner!! Looks like you guys had a fun evening and that alone time is so special!!

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    1. Me too! And yes we had a great night!

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  15. This pasta looks delicious. I enjoy a pasta dinner for a date night. It feels cozy

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    1. There is definitely something cozy about eating a comforting, warm plate of pasta! Bertolli is awesome!

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  16. I love pasta! I experiment a lot with Italian dishes. Good food and it makes for a great date night.

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    1. My husband experiments with a lot of Italian dishes, too. I am usually more inclined to grab a bag of Bertolli if I'm the one in charge of dinner, since he's usually the one who wants to tinker with the recipes :)

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  17. At-home date nights are the best...and this one looks delicious! The bonus for me would be not having to pay a sitter, too! ;)

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  18. Oddly enough when we go out it tends to be for diner food or burgers. At home we make more elaborate meals...go figure. Love those meals from Bertolli. They're perfect for a quick meal.

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  19. You two are cute =) I love these Bertolli meals.

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  20. Oooh I LOVE pasta! Had it for lunch today. Wish my husband liked it, but alas he hates it. More for me!

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  21. those llook really good and you two are adorable ;)

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  22. Although I am not currently married, nor am I dating, the Bertolli looks good. I am all about yummy, inexpensive, quick to make and clean up meals. This sounds awesome. ~Jennifer

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  23. I am a huge fan of Bertolli products. This looks so delicious.

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  24. What a fun giveaway! I need to enter!
    We just had Bertolli last night!

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  25. This sounds absolutely amazing! I love bertolii!

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  26. I just got married and definitely want to start a date night tradition!! I love your idea of staying home and enjoying eachother's company!!

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  27. Looks so super yummy!!! Date nights are the best<3

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  28. Mmmm, looks delicious and tasty! I can't wait to try this one out. We sure love pasta and we need to use the pasta my parents brought back from Italy.

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  29. what a cute date night idea and that pasta looks delicious for being frozen. Yum!

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  30. Now that's my idea of an Americanized Italian dinner for sure!

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  31. Yum!! I'm all for quicker date night meals!

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  32. I have eaten a few of these meals before, and I really like them. They are pretty good from being in the frozen food section.

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  33. What a fun date night! Quick meals like this make it so you can have a date night any night of the week!

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    1. Exactly!! No excuses for not being able to have date night anymore :D

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  34. Awwww what a fun date night and you captured the excitement perfectly. I'm sure some of that excitement is over your delicious looking dinner. I'd love to try this. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  35. What beautiful pics... they are so sweet! Food brings people together and makes everything better... Looks YUM!!

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  36. We love Bertolli products! They add so much flavor to our meals and it's so convenient & affordable to incorporate them! Looks like you had a wonderful date night!

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    1. We had a fabulous night! Yes, Bertolli makes for an awesome dinner and it's very convenient as well as affordable.

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  37. I grow up in an Italian family so I love real Italian food. We have not yet tried these Bertolli dinners yet. I will have to pick them up and try them. Italian is the way to go for a romantic dinner date I believe.

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  38. Aww and that is just so sweet and romantic. Having an Italian Pasta on a date is just so classic, I love it. (Won't work for me and boyfie though since he hates pasta lol)

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  39. Cooking together really is a surprisingly great date night. It is such an intimate experience preparing a meal with the person you love most in the world.

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    1. I couldn't agree more, Cassie! It's definitely a surprisingly intimate experience for sure!

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  40. I love those Bertolli meals! Makes it so effortless and I'm a big fan of anything Italian!

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  41. We love to eat in. Cooking is one of my favorite things to do. Sean and I eat in way more then going out. Thanks for sharing this post.

    Brooke

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  42. Bertolli is as close to home cooked as you can get! It's so great that you guys are able to take time to spend together!

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  43. Awwww what a cute date night! I'm always on the lookout for cute date night ideas for hubby and I :)

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  44. I love Bert Olli products. I use them every time I cook any Italian cuisine. Which in our house is a lot! Great giveaway.

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  45. Yum that looks so delicious! Sounds like a fun date night, We love Italian in our house but don't have it often enough. Now I'd like a dish of this! - Jeanine

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  46. I love Italian food and those Bertolli meals are top notch!! I love the Shrimp Linguine!!

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  47. I've always been a fan of keeping date night a must. Nothing better than making time with your spouse.

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  48. I love date nights :) And Bertolli. Always tastes so much better than other brands.

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