For a night of whispering sweet nothings while nibbling on sweet somethings, you can always turn to a classic Italian restaurant. Rinata is classic, but not corny. The decor is all Tuscan romance, with walls the color of reddish stucco and real candles glowing on the tables and in the wall sconces. The menu features all the reliable delights — pasta, salad, thin-crust pizzas — done with a graceful touch that never veers into gut-bomb territory. Best of all, Rinata’s central Hennepin location belies its hidden-gem status. You can almost always get a table here, which is perfect because spontaneity is the essence of romance.
Readers’ Choice: W.A. Frost