Luigi's staff

Pictured (from left) are Luigi’s Restorante & Catering Head Chef Ryan Margolies, General Manager Mia Margolies and Owner Eddie Tate.

Local couples may be starting to look for a romantic, dimly-lit place to treat their Valentine this week.

Luigi’s Ristorante in downtown DuBois aims to offer just that — an atmosphere that plays a vital part in a couple’s dining experience, said General Manager Mia Margolies.

For those who grew up in an Italian family, breaking bread is also a “love language,” she said, and the North Brady Street business is known for its homemade bread.

“The music, the lighting, the service and of course the food, make up the overall mood in someone’s time spent with us,” she said. “We aim to fill the restaurant with love and romance on Valentine’s Day.”

On Feb. 14, the restaurant will play “smooth, Italian music,” while offering special food, beverage and dessert features. Each table will include a lighted candle in a dimly-lit room.

Luigi’s Ristorante on North Brady Street, owned by Margolies’ father Eddie Tate, celebrated 20 years in business last August.

“It’s not only a relationship between the couple dining, but it’s also a time for us to have a mini relationship with our guests while they are here with us, and make them glad they chose Luigi’s,” Margolies said.

Throughout the years, Luigi’s has been a hub for many special occasions, including proposals, Margolies said.

“We’ve seen almost 40 proposals happen right here in our dining rooms since 1998,” she said. “They’ve ranged from just a standard proposal, down on one knee, to having our staff help display the ring to come out with a specialty dessert, or in a homemade specialty box.”

Margolies can recall a time when a couple asked to be seated at a specific table, and when asked why, they said, “We had our first date at this time five, 10 or even 15 years ago.”

Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday this year, Margolies says they’re expecting to see guests dine there over a five-day span, including the weekend following Feb. 14.

“We typically expect to serve 500 guests on Valentine’s day, no matter what day it falls on — there is just a special meaning taking your loved one out on the actual holiday,” she said.

For the holiday, Luigi’s feature two dinners, a specialty cocktail and dessert, Margolies said.

“These are always a popular choice with guests, but you will have those who have a favorite meal they always get when at Luigi’s, so we will actually see a variety of menu items go out,” she said.

From Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 17, Luigi’s will offer “Romeo’s parmigiana encrusted filet mignon” and “Juliet’s creamy roasted garlic shrimp pasta,” as well as red velvet cake.

Reservations are suggested two days or more in advance. For more information, visit Luigi’s Ristorante on Facebook or call 814-375-9113.

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