Dining out can ease date night tensions with welcome distractions such as festive music, thought-provoking art, and servers who convey daily specials with interpretive dance. Avoid awkward lulls with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of upscale Italian cuisine at Capriccio Italian Grill Steakhouse, located inside the Peabody Hotel.
Culinary masterpieces culled from the kitchens of Italy decorate platters amid Capriccio Italian Grill Steakhouse's romantic environs and framed art. Diners can jaunt down a menu rife with pasta by indulging in the Tagliolini pescatore, which challenges servers and apprentice circus performers to balance a dish groaning under the weight of shrimp, crab, lobster, mussels, calamari, and fresh fish drizzled in wine and lemon-butter sauce ($27). Meanwhile, the margarita pizza sports simple epicurean décor, dusted in roma tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil ($14). Veal ($30) or chicken parmesan ($26) blanketed in marinara sauce and mozzarella nest atop spaghettini pomodoro and coax shy taste buds or T. Rexes into the open.
Capriccio Italian Grill Steakhouse's entryway greets patrons with 5-foot sconces and leather-paneled doors that open into a reception area alive with the gurgle of a granite-backed water wall. Stunning scarlets and golds bathe a slate wall backdrop, and crimson-shaded floor lamps and chandeliers cast a muted glow over marble tabletops and seating more luxurious than a diamond-stuffed memory-foam mattress.