A few weeks ago I suggested eating in on Valentine's night and eating out another time to enjoy better service, food and prices. Another way to save money: choose a BYOB or find out about BYO specials at restaurants with a full bar. The latter has become a lot more common recently, but one of our favorite spots, Core de Roma, has offered patrons that option for years.

Just around the corner from our home, Core de Roma Trattoria serves up great Italian food and the friendliest, most welcome atmosphere of any restaurant I've ever been to. All thanks to owner Papa Gigi and his sons. Ask for the Artichoke alla Romana special and enjoy a break from washing dishes. Buon appetito.

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Photo by Doreen Creede

"Use the good china for breakfast."