Look, we love those places, but every date or birthday dinner seems to end up there. Chances are, you have your own go-to dinner spot, and it’s getting boring. That’s why, this week, I’m suggesting three date spots that aren’t as frequented by our college-aged crowd. Your valentine will thank you for breaking out of the mold.
Faccia Luna — 1229 S. Atherton St.
State College may be a haven for cheap pizza slices, but Faccia Luna is a classy exception. Grab a cozy booth for you and your date, and choose from over 10 varieties of pizza to split. You can even watch a chef roll out your pizza dough and shovel it into a large wood oven, a lifesaver when you’re running low on conversation topics. Share a pizza for under $15.
American Ale House & Grill — 821 Cricklewood Dr.
Be prepared to spot some professors at this bustling Toftrees restaurant that’s fancy, but not stuffy. Ale House is known for its delicious burgers, sandwiches and salads. The obscure location tends to keep the college crowd away, so that makes it an excellent choice for a Valentine’s date you’re looking to impress. Bonus: It’s only a five-minute drive from campus. Enjoy the Soft Shell Crab Sandwich or — if you’re feeling adventurous — the Oyster Po Boy for $11 each.
India Pavilion — 222 E. Calder Way
Don’t have a car? India Pavilion is right on Calder Way. Enjoy the romantic, dimly lit atmosphere as you munch on State College’s tastiest Indian food. Split an order of samosas for your appetizer, and don’t forget to order naan (bread) with your meal. Try the Navratan Korma or Chicken Tandoori for about $10 each.
Photos by Sam Florio