Barbara Ann’s Sexiest Valentine’s Day Restaurants

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Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14), named for Saint Valentinus, is celebrated as a day of love and romance for most couples. The thought of going to the wrong restaurant can sometimes put the stress into planning that perfect night of love for you and your honey. These classy restaurants offer some unique and romantic dining experiences and fabulous food to help you take stress out of your Valentine’s Day plans.

Armani’s
2900 Bayport Drive | Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 207-6800 | www.hyatt.com

Armani’s offers guests an authentic northern Italian dining experience and the most romantic floor-to-ceiling roof-top view of Tampa Bay. On Valentine’s Day, couples can get an incredible four-course meal for $125 per person. You can start by sampling and tasting your way through its famous antipasto bar, which includes over 30 choices of delicious favorites like fresh marinated vegetables, seafood, meats and cheeses. Italian specialties like ossobuco, cozze saltate and vitello scallopini can be shared or ordered individually. The extensive wine list includes red wines, white wines, sparkling wines, champagne, dessert wines and there’s even a piano bar and roof-top patio. For a romantic evening, Armani’s is at the top of this girl’s list!

Aqua
7627 Courtney Campbell Causeway | Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 675-8700 | www.aquatampa.com

Nothing is more romantic than a gourmet seafood dinner on the water. Their Valentine’s dinner special is $99 per couple for a four-course prix-fixe menu of the finest and freshest seafood from around the world. You can sample Aqua’s lobster man ‘n’ cheese or blue crab cakes for an appetizer, and follow it up with wild caught swordfish or gulf mahi. Check out the extensive drink selection, including wines, cocktails and martinis.

Timpano Italian Chophouse
1610 W. Swann Ave. | Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 254-5870 | www.timpanochophouse.net

This South Tampa restaurant is another one of my favorites. It’s trendy, chic and affordable. Their Valentine’s special will set you back only $38 per person for three-course prix-fixe menu, so going Italian this Valentine’s may be the perfect option for you. What’s for dinner? The VD dinner’s first course is a choice of soup or salad, followed up by a hearty second course of steak or duck. Last but not least is a sweet and sensational dessert, always a turn on for me. You also have a choice of wine pairings or martinis. For something a little different, request a table in the Starlight Lounge and enjoy live music and fantastic cocktails with your dinner. Hello this last choice is a no brainer!!

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Bon Appetit
150 Marina Plaza | Dunedin, FL 34698
(727) 733-2151 | www.bonappetitrestaurant.com

If you are looking to make this Valentine’s breathtaking and special in North Pinellas, try Bon Appetit on the Dunedin Causeway. Bon Appetit is a spacious restaurant with an elegant interior and stunningly romantic deck that offers Tampa Bay’s most stunning and dramatic water views. On Valentine’s Day – 4pm – 10pm – they will be serving a four course dinner with a choice from five entrees for $49.95 per person. If your really want to turn up the heat try a romantic over night stay in addition to dinner; Bon Appetit is also a waterside Inn.

Pizzaiolo Bavaro
514 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 868-4440a | www.pizzaiolobavaro.com

If a relaxed atmosphere and old world charm are more your style, Pizziaolo Bavaro is perfect for you. This downtown Tampa restaurant specializes in wood-fired pizza, but also offers homemade pasta and decadent desserts. What’s truly special about Valentine’s Day dinner is the heart-shaped pizza you can order to share with your sweetie. If that doesn’t make their heart melt, you’re in for a rough night dude…just sayin.

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