SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – Valentine’s Day is less than one week away, and many are still planning what to do on one of the most romantic days of the year.

You want to take your sweetheart out to dinner, but where to?

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According to a recent survey by, nearly half (49 percent) of respondents selected Italian as the cuisine of choice for a Valentine’s Day meal over romantic rivals fondue (12 percent) and French (11 percent).

More than half of respondents (52 percent) also consider a meal at an Italian restaurant the most romantic option overall, followed by French (22 percent) and fondue (15 percent). Lovebirds planning a romantic date should avoid tortillas and seaweed: Mexican food (44 percent) and sushi (34 percent) were deemed the least romantic cuisines.

Dining out is a key ingredient in the recipe for romance this Valentine’s Day. Three out of four survey respondents (75 percent) indicated they plan to celebrate with a meal at a restaurant this year.

Additional Valentine’s Day dining survey findings include:

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• More Money on a Meal – 64 percent of survey respondents state they will spend more money on Valentine’s Day than on a typical dining occasion.

• Just Desserts – Nearly three out of four survey respondents (73 percent) confirm they are more likely to order dessert on Valentine’s Day than during a normal dining occasion; while 46 percent are more likely to order appetizers; 42 percent are more likely to order wine; and 40 percent are more likely to order expensive entrees.

• Check Please – The majority of respondents peg their estimated Valentine’s Day meal check to fall into the $50 to $100 range, with only four percent planning to spend $150 or more.

• Cost-Conscious Cupids – More than six out of ten respondents (61 percent) agree they admire the savvy saving techniques of a Valentine’s date that leverages a dining coupon (a mere 2 percent said it would be a turn off).

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This survey was administered online in January 2013 to 923 men and women.