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.