The Army Dude and I have a little tradition of going to Maggiano's Little Italy after the opera. Yes, we know it's a chain, but the food is great and they always seat a party of two in a booth that is out of the main action of the busy dining room. They also play Sinatra, which I greatly appreciate and enjoy.
I'd been looking forward all week to the fried zucchini appetizer. I don't know exactly what they do to it, besides coat it in panko crumbs and stick it in a fryolator, but it's delicious.
We both followed up with pasta dishes - baked ziti for him and gnocchi for me. Oh, and we also had side salads. They give the illusion of health.