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A post-Valentine's Day first Valentine's Day together celebration

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My boyfriend and I are planning to celebrate our first Valentine's Day together on Saturday, February 16, and are having trouble thinking of where to go. Basically, we'd like somewhere relatively inexpensive (less than $100 total, tax and tip included) that is quiet. I'm a vegetarian who is happy with fairly simple pasta dishes, etc., and he is a carnivore who will eat just about anything but tends to especially enjoy fish or pasta dishes. One thought I had was Mr. Martino's Trattoria, though I have only been there once and can't remember how vegetarian-friendly this place is, though I do remember that the atmosphere is spot-on to what we are looking for. Does anyone have any other suggestions that might be what we are looking for? We live in Chestnut Hill and Bala Cynwyd, but are really willing to travel just about anywhere in the Philadelphia area, including Center City, South Jersey, the Main Line, etc. I investigated many of the restaurants that were suggested on the "romantic first date" thread, but due to my eating habits many of these probably aren't going to work. BYOB is probably preferred, but a restaurant that serves alcohol is fine too. Also, a place that takes reservations is really a must, though obviously it needs to be somewhere where a reservation is still likely available for that particular evening! Thanks in advance and my apologies for the similarities between this post and Ambler Girl's...while our general theme is the same I think we are actually looking for very different suggestions. Thanks!

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  1. It sounds like a good italian restaurant with a romantic atmosphere and good homemade pasta would work for you.

    I am very partial to Panorama for Valentine's Day. I think I am biased - my husband proposed to me there on Valentine's Day 8 years ago and if it were not for center city traffic, we'd go again this year. If you sit in the bar section of the restaurant, the atmosphere is incredibly romantic. They serve delicous pasta dishes. They also have an amazing wine list.

    I also think Ristorante Castello in North Wales would be a good option, though I'm not sure how much of a drive it would bve. Again, nice romantic atmosphere (complete with piano player), delicous homemade pasta. The last time I was there it was a BYO, but I heard they may be getting a liquor license soon.

    I believe both places take reservations.

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    1. re: AmblerGirl

      Thanks AmblerGirl! I'll look into both restaurants, as North Wales is definitely doable. Good luck on your hunt for a good place to dine!

    2. Mr. Martino's has a couple vegetarian dishes, the spinach lasagna is great and they usually have a special pasta that's also vegetarian.