Roses are red. Violets are blue. Valentine’s Day dining in Wisconsin comes with celebratory Champagne, surf-and-turf specials and chocolate cake, too!
Just steps away from the State Capitol, Cento is the picture-perfect downtown destination for delicious dishes, fine wines and, of course, date night. Once inside, guests will be wowed by the opulence of the open-air dining room and the warm, elegant ambiance. Luckily, there’s no better time to experience Cento firsthand than on Valentine’s Day for a four-course prix-fixe dinner. For starters, the first course will feature family-style figs alongside whipped ricotta, honey, truffle and crispy ciabatta. Then, for the mains, guests can customize their plate with combinations of burrata, bacon-wrapped dates and strawberry-spinach salad to pair with an entree of halibut, lamb chops or smoked tomato cannelloni pasta, among other options. And since it wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day dinner in Wisconsin without something sweet, Cento will conclude its courses with decadent desserts like creamy chocolate lava cake, pistachio puff pastry and traditional tiramisu. The four-course prix-fixe menu is available for $100 per person, and seatings will be available for reservation from 4 to 10 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. For more information, visit centomadison.com.
Buca di Beppo
Whether you’re toasting to romance or celebrating Galentine’s Day, you’ll fall head over heels for Buca di Beppo’s authentic Italian cuisine and whimsical, vintage atmosphere. The dining room will be filled with the nostalgic melodies of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra to set the mood while the kitchen is preparing the most special Valentine’s Day dinner imaginable. Your meal will begin with garlic bread, a Caesar salad and, of course, plenty of parmesan. Then, an adorable heart-shaped lasagna makes the perfect edible centerpiece to capture a romantic moment to remember forever. And things only get cuter with dessert, since Buca di Beppo’s classic cannoli will be decorated with heart-shaped sprinkles. Guests can celebrate the occasion at Buca di Beppo or take the festive feast for two home for just $60. Don’t pass up on a memorable meal at this once-a-year Wisconsin Valentine’s Day dining experience. For more information, visit bucadibeppo.com.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, the bright and beautiful Bar Corallini will not only boast the freshest pasta and wine from around the world but also an exclusive four-course prix-fixe menu. Beginning at the bar, guests can browse a selection of nearly 60 bottles of wine, including the California classic Broc Cellars Love White wine. As for dinner, guests can look forward to small plates of mouthwatering, crispy-fried Montanara pizza and a spinach salad topped with maple syrup-poached pears, pomegranate, candied walnuts and champagne vinaigrette. Then, exciting entree choices like seafood risotto, pan-seared Mediterranean sea bass and chicken parmesan will have your stomach feeling as full as your heart. Finally, the much-anticipated dessert menu will feature deconstructed cannoli, savory chocolate-coated salami and Italian coffee-based cake with vanilla gelato. Valentine’s Day dining reservations at Bar Corallini will be available for $80 per person and include four fabulous courses and a glistening glass of prosecco upon arrival. For more information, visit barcorallini.com.
Lake Lawn Resort
Nothing says romance like sharing a meal with your special someone in an intimate, heated igloo at the lovely Lake Lawn Resort. Overlooking the serene beauty of Delavan Lake, all weekend long leading up to Valentine’s Day, Lake Lawn Resort will wine and dine you and your date beneath the stars. This year’s dinner special will marry surf and turf seamlessly with a perfect plate of herb-seared angus sirloin, New Orleans barbecue-style Gulf Coast shrimp, loaded mashed potatoes and grilled broccolini. To complete the dining experience, a cup of chocolate bread pudding with Irish crème mousse and a pour of Lake Lawn Resort’s signature sauvignon blanc can provide a sweet contrast to your dinner. Be sure to book your igloo for just $75 per person anytime between Friday, Feb. 10, and Tuesday, Feb. 14, to ensure the most magical Valentine’s Day in Wisconsin. P.S. You can also request a half-dozen hand-dipped chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of bubbly to be waiting for you upon arrival for all of the Valentine’s vibes. For more information, visit lakelawnresort.com.
If you’re looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the city, look no further than Milwaukee’s mushroom-themed gem, better known as Morel. This shabby-chic hotspot is home to fresh coastal seafood, a beautiful bar and an extensive collection of wild morel mushrooms native to Wisconsin. These freshly foraged bites of heaven complement all of the creative cuisines. From pumpkin gnocchi made with love to a rustic smoked lamb ragout, this mouthwatering menu will be your most romantic Valentine’s Day dinner yet. You can even order an If It Hadn’t Been For Love cocktail from the bar for a fitting fennel-infused citrus negroni to get into the spirit of the most loveable holiday of the year. Or, you could simply save some room for the dessert menu and split the gourmet chocolate chip cookie sandwich with bourbon ice cream and the Riesling-poached pear to end your Wisconsin Valentine’s Day dining experience on a sweet note. Morel will be open on Valentine’s Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is accepting reservations for the most enchanting evening. For more information, visit morelmke.com.