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Valentine’s Day – a dinner for two

In honor of this special holiday, we suggest celebrating your love with an Italian menu created by our chefs here at Academia Barilla.

Celebrated by a large part of the world’s population, Saint Valentine’s Day dates back to 496 AC when Pope Gelasio I declared that this day be dedicated to fertility. His goal was probably to Christianize the Lupercalia festival, an ancient tradition observed on February 15th.
Saint Valentine was born in Terni, a city in central Italy, in 175 AC and made a bishop in 197 AC, dedicating his life to evangelization and the protection of the Christian community in his city, where there was much religious persecution.
Patron of Terni, Saint Valentine was known as the protector of couples in love thanks to the legend surrounding his name. The most famous story suggests that a young Roman centurion named Sabino was in love with a young and beautiful woman named Serapia.
Sabino wanted to marry Serapia and asked her parents for their blessing.
They would not allow for such a thing because Sabino was pagan and they were Christian.
Out of love, Sabino went to the Bishop and asked Valentine if he could convert to Christianity.
Once Serapia’s parents learned of his conversion, they gave Sabino their consent. However, while preparing for the wedding, the young bride-to-be fell very ill.  When the centurion learned that his love was going to die, he returned to Bishop Valentine and asked not to be separated from Serapia, since his life would have no meaning without her.
According to the legend, Valentine felt pity for the young lad and decided to marry the couple and, during the benediction, caused them both the fall into eternal sleep, united forever.

In order to celebrate the love Sabino had for Serapia and yours for your loved one, we suggest a romantic dinner for two. Our chefs have put together a selection of recipes and multi-course menus for this special holiday. 

Valentine’s Day menu selected by Academia Barilla chefs

Shrimp Skewers with Hazelnut CrustShrimp Skewers with Hazelnut Crust
A delicate appetizer to begin your romantic dinner.
Risotto with Gorgonzola and Fresh Pear SauceRisotto with Gorgonzola and Fresh Pear Sauce
A sweet interpretation of a classic risotto dish, which pairs the sharp flavor of blue cheese with the sweetness of a pear sauce.
Bite-sized pieces of Pork Tenderloin With Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
Taste the authentic flavors of Italian cooking for your Valentine's Day.
Green Olive Salad
This fresh and easy-to-make salad is a rich in flavor and has an intense taste.
Valentine’s Day CakeValentine’s Day Cake
There is no better way to finish your meal for two than by sharing this seductive dessert.


Additional Valentine’s Day recipes to discover

Prawns and Porcini FlanPrawns and Porcini Flan
A shellfish and mushroom custard is sure to ignite your senses.
Parmigiano Reggiano FlanParmigiano Reggiano Flan
This comforting Italian cheese flan makes a great appetizer for your dinner.
Spicy Pasta With FishSpicy Pasta With Fish
A pinch of chili makes this fish dish even more intriguing.
Vermicelli With Mussels and ClamsVermicelli With Mussels and Clams
An Italian traditional pasta dish, perfect for your most romantic dinner of the year.
Trout in Red WineTrout in Red Wine
In this tasty recipe, trout is paired with a light and satisfying sauce.
Rosa di Parma MeatloafRosa di Parma Meatloaf
This meat dish is a symbol of the city of Parma. Its sweet flavor is a real treat.
Strawberry Mousse with Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of ModenaStrawberry Mousse with Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
This recipe will bring a touch of elegance to your Valentine’s Day dinner.
Milk Chocolate MousseMilk Chocolate Mousse
Light and intoxicating, this classic mousse is a great way to end your meal.