An International Date Night at Home

Now more than ever it is time to get creative with your date night routine. While our health is the absolute most important thing right now, it is also important that we continue to make time for each other. While options are limited and many of us have had to cancel planned trips, now is the perfect time to plan an international-themed date night at home.

With a toddler at home, my husband and I know a thing or two about making a night in as much fun as going out. One way we occasionally do this is by creating an international date night at home. It’s easy: pick up food to-go from a restaurant specializing in international cuisine, queue up some music from the country or region from which your meal originates, and finish by watching a movie either made in or about that region.

Below I’ve listed local restaurants who offer takeout service plus music and movie suggestions to pair with your eats for a lovely international date night at home.

Italian Themed Date Night At Home

Grabbing a pizza for take out at home is nothing new for many couples looking to relax at home, but consider changing things up. Look for authentic pasta and Italian dinners. Grab a bottle of Chianti or another Italian wine. Put on some of our music suggestions and you’ll definitely feel the amore.

Italian Restaurant Suggestions

PIZZA BRUNO
Call ahead (407.270.6833) / Take-Out

Prato
Call ahead / Take-Out

Prato | Image credit: Arlene Laboy

Bella Tuscany Ristorante Italiano – Windermere
Call ahead or order online / Delivery and Take-Out

Vinzo’s Italian Grill and Pizzeria – Casselberry
Order online / Take-Out

Anthony’s Pizza- Casselberry and DeLand
Call ahead / Take-Out

The All Italian – Orlando
Call ahead / Take-Out

Italian Music Suggestions

International Date Night at Home
La Dolce Vita
  • Anything by Lucio Dalla
  • Practically anything by Dean Martin
  • “Con te partirò” d’Andrea Bocelli, An Italian Anthem
  • “Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)” by Domenico Modugno
  • “O sole mio” by Luciano Pavarotti

Italian Movie Suggestions

  • Roman Holiday (1953)
  • La Dolce Vita (1960)
  • The Italian Job (1969)
  • A Room With A View (1985)
  • Cinema Paradiso (1988)
  • Il Postino (The Postman) (1994)
  • Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

Japanese Themed Date Night At Home

Whether you’re both lovers of sushi or enjoy the light crispy texture of tempura, Japanese cuisine is full of bright and fresh flavors. Put on some relaxing traditional Japanese music or fun J-Pop, and escape to the Land of the Rising Sun.

Japanese Restaurant Suggestions

Susuru – Lake Buena Vista
Call ahead / Delivery and Take-Out

Seito Sushi – Dr. Phillips and Baldwin Park
Call ahead or order online / Take-Out

Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi – Dr. Phillips
Call ahead or order online / Take-Out

Happy Hour Test Drive: Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi
Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi

Kabooki Sushi – Orlando (Sand Lake location temporarily closed)
Call ahead / Take-Out

Imperial Dynasty – Longwood (Chinese food offered as well)
Order online / Delivery and Take-Out

Japanese Music Suggestions

International Date Night at home movie suggestions
Lost in Translation
  • The Green Album by Hiroshi Yoshimura
  • Practically anything by Eiichi Ohtaki
  • J-Pop band AKB48
  • J-Pop singer Ai Otsuka
  • Search “Japanese Relaxation” or “Japanese Traditional” in your favorite music streaming service

Japanese Movie Suggestions

  • Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
  • Lost in Translation (2003)
  • Spirited Away (2001)
  • Tokyo Story (1953)
  • Any classic Godzilla movie

Indian Themed Date Night At Home

Escape to the energetic and tranquil land of India. Enjoy warm and exotic spices, calmed by lentils, breads, and cream. Even if you are not a vegetarian, it is good to try some of the vegetarian specialties found in Indian cuisine. Don’t forget the Naan bread!

Indian Restaurant Suggestions

Gateway to India – Longwood
Order online / Delivery and Take-Out

Tamarind Indian Cuisine – UCF / Winter Park
Call ahead / Delivery and Take-Out

Mynt Fine Indian Cuisine – Winter Park
Call ahead / Delivery and Take-Out

Mynt Fine Indian Cuisine

Kohinoor Indian – Altamonte Springs
Online order / Delivery and Take-Out

Memories of India II – Lake Mary
Call ahead / Take-Out

Indian Music Suggestions

Slumdog Millionaire
  • “Mundian To Bach Ke” by Panjabi MC
  • “Ichak dana Bichak Dana” by Lata Mangeshkar
  • “Why This Kolaveri Di” by Anirudh Ravichander
  • Practically anything by Downing and Mayer
  • Practically anything by Lucyan

Indian Movie Suggestions

  • Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
  • Passage to India (1984)
  • Gandhi (1982)
  • Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
  • Monsoon Wedding (2002)
  • Lion (2016)
  • The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

Mexican Themed Date Night At Home

Who doesn’t love Mexican food? More than just Taco Tuesday, explore traditional flavors that highlight tomatoes, corn, chiles, avocado, and more. Expand beyond your usual orders and head South of the Border.

Mexican Restaurant Suggestions

Reyes Mezcaleria
Order online or call ahead / Take-Out

Hunger Street Tacos
Call ahead / Delivery and Take-Out

International Date Night at home - Mexican from Hunger Street Tacos
Hunger Street Tacos

Black Rooster Taqueria
Order online or call ahead / Delivery and Take-Out

Agave Azul – Multiple locations: Kirkman, Winter Park, Winter Springs, and Windermere
Call Ahead / Take-Out

El Tenampa – Orlando 
Call Ahead / Take-Out

Mexican Music Suggestions

Coco
  • Anything by Mariachi Cobre (Grammy winners that perform at EPCOT)
  • “Eres” by Café Tacuba
  • Mexican Ska Band – Panteón Rococó
  • “Cómo Te Voy a Olvidar” by Los Ángeles Azules
  • “México Lindo y Querido” available by various artists

Mexican Movie Suggestions

  • Coco (2017)
  • The Night of the Iguana (1964)
  • Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
  • Frida (2002)
  • Y Tu Mama También (2001)
  • Any of the movies in The Mariachi Trilogy (El Mariachi, Desperado, Once Upon A Time In Mexico)
  • Roma (2018)

Greek Themed Date Night At Home

Greek food is so bright and refreshing. The perfect match between warm, spiced flavors and cool, delicate accents. Explore and enjoy some of the world’s oldest cuisine, and venture off to Greece.

Greek Restaurant Suggestions

The Greek Corner – Orlando (Ivanhoe Village)
Call ahead / Take-Out

Athena Roasted Chicken – Maitland
Call Ahead / Take-Out

Greek Village Restaurant – Lake Mary
Call Ahead / Take-Out

Hummus House – Winter Park
Online Order / Delivery and Take-Out

Nadia’s Cafe – Kissimmee
Call Ahead / Take-Out

Image credit: Nadia’s Cafe

Greek Music Suggestions

  • Practically anything by Glykeria
  • “Ikariotiko” by Giannis Parios
  • “Mi tou milate tou paidiou” by Giannis Poulopoulos
  • “Ftaiei” by Giorgos Sabanis

Greek Movie Suggestions

  • The 300 Spartans (1962)
  • My Life in Ruins (2009)
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
  • Zorba the Greek (1964)
  • Mamma Mia (2008)

Feature image credit: Seito Sushi Baldwin Park


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