Thanks to a very generous gift from our ladies' prayer group for our anniversary, we were able to go out to a beautiful, romantic restaurant called La Scala.
Now, I need to explain to you that this restaurant is located within a place called Monte Casino. Which is, yes, a casino. BUT you don't have to pay to get in, and the casino part is totally separate from all the shops and restaurants, so if you end up in the casino, you have to go there on purpose, there is no accidentally ending up there.
Now, judge us if you want, but that's between you and the Lord. :0)
Anyway, the inside of this place is made up to look like you're walking through the streets of an Italian village. All the shop fronts, etc look like the outside of buildings. It's really very neat. If you've ever been to St. Augustine, FL then you can kinda get the idea of what it's like. Every building has window in the upper portions that are decorated like people live there, and some of them even have mannequins positioned to look like they're at home. It's quite beautiful.
We walked around for quite a while just looking at everything and stopping in some of the shops. We picked up some gummy bears for the girls (which I don't think they've ever had before) and some postcards. When we'd seen everything worth seeing (including a bird sanctuary) we went to dinner.
The restaurant has a balcony that overlooks the "village" outside. It really feels like you're in Italy. They play lovely music on the speakers, and the atmosphere is very romantic. The food was excellent. I started with a bowl (too huge, I only ate 1/4 of it if that) of butternut soup. It was VERY nice. Yum! For my entree I had Involtini di Pollo Ripieni, which is flattened chicken breasts stuffed with cheese and vegetables. It was served with potatoes and steamed vegetables. SO. NICE.
We didn't have dessert, because we started our date at 2PM. Since neither of us had eaten lunch, we decided to go to a coffee shop and share a slice of chocolate cake. Which I'm sorry to say the Prince ate most of. :0) He is something of a chocoholic. So, we felt no need for dessert.
The evening was so nice, romantic, and quiet. Thank you to all of you who contributed to our evening out. It was SUCH a blessing. And no, we didn't even come close to spending all the money. But we may do a little shopping later...we have a coupon to a Christian book store. (You all know my obsession with reading)
It was a blessing and much needed break. Thank you!!