The Pieman's Craft: How to Make Heart-Shaped Pizza

The Pieman's Craft

Learn techniques and secrets from slice slingers.

[Videography and editing: Jessica Leibowitz]

The Motorinos


319 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11211 (at Devoe; map); 718-599-8899;

349 East 12th Street, New York NY 10003 (near First Ave.; map); 212-777-2644

That we at Slice love pizza is a given. So you know we love the various heart-shaped pizzas that appear this time of year. Our favorite cardioid pie is the one at NYC's Motorino, where it's become a Valentine's Day tradition. We asked chef-owner Mathieu Palombino to show us how it's done.

Turns out it's quite simple — a push here, a pull there. Into the oven, and that's amore! If you end up making one at home and are using a baking stone, be sure to transfer it to the stone lobe-end first, with the pointy end toward you.

If you're going to be in NYC with your sweetheart on Valentine's Day (it's on a Monday this year) and want to eat heart-shaped pizza at Motorino, both locations are taking reservations. Girl Slice and I went last year. It's fun; Motorino essentially makes whatever pizza you want into a heart.

See also: Papa John's Heart-Shaped Valentine's Day Pizzas »