No dinner resy's? Watching what you eat? A few special touches transform the comfort of your own home into a romantic and intimate setting for dinner
This look employs a non-traditional setting - the coffee table in the living room layered with pillows and cozy blankets on the ground. Use a table runner instead of a tablecloth, and create a handmade floral arrangement on a two-tiered serving tray. Add grapes or berries to give a robust and textured look.
For ambiance, add candle sticks, a bottle of wine, and Billie Holiday in the background.
For a no-hassle dinner, serve your favorite takeout, (check out the City List for our favs) or prepare this pasta recipe together for the perfect dinner in.
Capelli d’Angelo alla Nanni
Recipe courtesy of Chef Jasper Mirabile Jr.
8 oz. capellini
2 tsp. salted butter
4 oz. prosciutto ham
4 mushrooms, sliced thin
12 oz. marinara sauce
4 oz. heavy cream
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
4 oz. shredded romano cheese
Cook pasta al dente according to package directions.
Melt 2 tsp. butter in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add prosciutto and cook until crisp, then add sliced mushrooms. Saute for 2 minutes.
Stir in marinara sauce, cream, red pepper flakes, peas, and Romano cheese. Bring to a light boil. Add cooked pasta and toss. Serve immediately.
Jasper’s notes: Be careful to cook the pasta al dente as it can become soggy very quickly. Add more red pepper if you like a spicy kick.