First, there’s the food: Modern Italian creations, elevated by inspired execution and fresh ingredients. Then there’s the cocktail list, stocked with inventive and refreshing libations. Finally, the atmosphere —upscale with rustic touches—creates a mood that is elegant, cozy, and perfect for romance.
41 Cross St., Peabody, 978-871-2942, altoforno.com
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For a date night that is both special and comfortable, head to quaint downtown Newburyport to bask in The Poynt’s diverse, chef-inspired menu, inventive cocktails, and welcoming atmosphere.
31 Water Street, Newburyport, 978-358-8501, poyntnewburyport.com
Pellana Prime Steakhouse
With the finest cuts of meat, an award-winning wine selection, and a classically elegant ambiance, Pellana Prime Steakhouse elevates date night from average to unforgettable.
9 Sylvan Street, Peabody, 978-531-4800, pellanasteakhouse.com