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How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day…while Social Distancing

While Valentine’s Day at home may not be what you envisioned, it can still be romantic and cozy. One positive is that you don’t have to worry about getting a reservation anywhere or dressing up. It’s more than okay to have a glass of wine while wearing your fanciest pair of sweatpants. Here are a few ways you can make this day special while also staying safe at home.

If you usually go and see a movie on Valentine’s Day, instead stay home and have a Pittsburgh-themed movie marathon. In recent years, Pittsburgh has been the filming location for many well-known movies. Since it is Valentine’s Day, romantic movies such as She’s Out of My League, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and The Fault in Our Stars are great choices, and it’ll be just like you’re at Row House Cinema if you pick up a six-pack of locally brewed beer from Bierport in Lawrenceville.

There are a variety of online classes you can take with your partner that are Valentine’s Day-themed. Gaynor’s School of Cooking is offering a Virtual Couples Night cooking class on February 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., where you’ll make a romantic four-course meal. Once you sign up, they will send the class recipes along with a shopping list. Phipps Conservatory is offering a Valentine’s Day Date Night Class with Chef Amy Reed of Phipps Café, where you’ll whip up a decadent four-course meal. For $100 per couple, you’ll receive the recipes, Zoom link, and the ingredients needed for the meal, sourced by Phipps.

Since home is somewhere you’ve been spending a lot of time recently, you’ll want to dress it up a bit for the occasion. One way to do this is by decorating your space! Head to Schorin Company in the Strip District to buy all of your Valentine’s Day balloons, streamers, and banners, and display your love proudly. Your partner will certainly appreciate the effort since you’ve both been staring at the same four walls for months now.

Food is by far one of the most important elements of Valentine’s Day, so you can’t skimp there. Lucky for you, there are many delicious options for takeout. If you want to go the classic route, order from Poulet Bleu, a charming French bistro located in Lawrenceville, where their cheese plate and filet mignon served with pommes frites (their most popular item) makes the perfect pairing for a romantic meal.

Forma Pasta, a fresh pasta shop located in Pittsburgh's Allentown neighborhood, is offering a Valentine’s Day dinner kit that includes a three-course dinners featuring their handmade pasta, as well as a selection of local products, such as dinner rolls from Breadworks and cured meats from Salty Pork Bits. You can place your order on their website by clicking the order food button. Pickups begin February 10, so you can prepare this meal whenever you choose to celebrate.

Mediterra, with locations in Sewickley and Mt. Lebanon, is offering a variety of Valentine’s Day specials. Preorder-only deals include the Italian Date Night for Two Dinner for $125, featuring a basket containing a bottle of wine that pairs perfectly with their classic Rustichella pasta and housemade pasta sauce. It also includes all the fixings to make your own salad and a pre-made petite charcuterie, four truffles and a rose. Other offerings include a Blush Staycation Basket for $98 that transforms a night at home into a serene getaway; the Heart Breaker package for $50 that includes breakable white chocolate hearts filled with sweet treats; a Geometric Heart Hot Chocolate Bomb ($10); and Sugar Cookie Pizzas ($25), which are vanilla sugar cookies mixed, rolled and cut by hand.

DiAnoia's Eatery, nestled in the Strip District, is celebrating the holiday with a $68 per person menu that features five courses including a stracciatella and strawberry salad, baby octopus braised in tomatoes and sambuca, and ground venison with house-made rigatoni. The items will be served cold and come with reheating and preparation directions.

And of course, you can’t forget dessert! Pittsburgh has a swath of tasty bakeries that offer everything from cream puffs to chocolate cake: a few sweet treat options are Jean-Marc Chatellier's French Bakery in Millvale, Oakmont Bakery, Lincoln Bakery in Bellevue, and the newly opened Nothing Bundt Cakes in Cranberry.

While the pandemic has put a damper on a lot of things, you can still put together a fun Valentine’s celebration so that you and your partner can have a lovely holiday together.

Editor’s Note: Attention, restaurants! Are you serving a special take-out or pick-up Valentine’s Day menu? Let us know, and we’ll include it on our Valentine’s Day take-out page online!

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