Sometimes life gets pretty busy and you find that all of your so-called spare time is being spent running from one place to the next... getting the kids to this practice or that scout meeting or working on homework... or whatever else you might have on your to-do list. One of the things we find that slips through the cracks is getting a night out as a couple.
Recently, we had an epiphany... we both work within 10-15 minutes of each other, so why not meet for lunch? No sitter required... we are already dressed nicely because of work, so all we needed to do was decide on where to go.
There are a number of restaurants in our part of Morris County, so it often comes down to what you might be in the mood to eat. This time, we chose Grato Restaurant.
It's a lovely restaurant that is not too dark for a lunch date... I don't care for restaurants that are dimly lit when I'm eating lunch. We were seating near a window and took our time looking over the menu. The lunch menu may seem pricey but, this Italian restaurant is not your typical New Jersey pizzaria with a restaurant menu for those patrons who want to have a sit down meal (and I have NOTHING against those places - I often choose them when we go out and they often have the bonus of being BYO).
We started with the Crispy Calamari and Hot Cherry Peppers.
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