The restaurant industry pretty much hates Valentine’s Day.
Of course, the restaurant industry doesn’t hate it so much that they’d ever consider actually closing for the occasion. No. Instead, they passive-aggressively stuff butts in seats (albeit at 2-tops, not 4-tops), charge a premium for “special” Valentine’s-themed menus, cash in and prepare for the next time they’ll have to do this (Mother’s Day brunch).
So what’s to be done? Suck it up and fight for reservations for an overpriced meal? Play chef and cook a Valentine’s Day tasting menu at home and hope for the best? The former sounds dismal and good luck with the latter. Neither sounds like a particularly good way to focus on the love of one’s life. And ordering from Postmates, GrubHub, UberEats or the like hardly embodies romance.
But what alternatives are there? Good answers to that question can be discovered at Assenti’s Pasta (2044 India St.) in Little Italy.