Sure, a heart-shaped pizza doesn’t taste any different than a regular ol’ pie. And the same goes for pasta, sushi platters and boxes of donuts. But it is a romantic way of showing your love on Valentine’s Day. Luckily, several Chicago restaurants are celebrating the occasion with specially shaped dishes and packaging so that you woo your date with food that’s both delicious and cute. Some of the following one-day offerings will sell out so act fast and order ahead if you don’t want to miss out.
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Chicago’s most famous pizzeria chain is offering its legendary deep dish pies in the shape of a heart on Valentine’s Day. The nine-inch pizzas can feed two people and are available for dine-in or carryout and delivery at all locations. For guests who’d rather cook at home, half-baked and frozen heart-shaped pies will also be sold.
Lakeview’s immersive, comic-inspired cafe will help customers have the sweetest Valentine’s Day with a heart-shaped mochi donuts box. You'll receive the gift of airy and chewy donuts bursting with Valrhona Manjari chocolate and creamy white chocolate, plus handfuls of Hershey’s Kisses. The package is priced at $35.88 and can be ordered here.
Sushi lovers, this West Town spot has just what you need for a romantic night out. In addition to its regular menu, a special heart-shaped sushi platter will be offered on February 14. You’ll get a luxurious selection of bluefin tuna, caviar, uni, Dragonfire rolls and Avocado Cucumber roll. Make reservations here.
Gene & Georgetti
One of the quickest ways to someone’s heart is through pasta, which is why iconic Chicago steakhouse Gene & Georgetti is making heart-shaped ravioli stuffed with blue crab and served with shrimp bisque sauce. The dish is part of the restaurant’s Valentine’s Day menu for two, priced at $275 per couple. Make reservations here.
Sfera Sicilian Street Food
You might not be able to take your loved one to Sicily for Valentine’s Day but this Edgewater restaurant will bring the flavors of Italy to your home with a special dinner for two. Included in the $62 package is a heart-shaped sfincione—a Sicilian-style pizza with a focaccia-like crust. It’s perfect for sharing over a cocktail. Order here.
Robert's Pizza and Dough Co.
Say “I love you” with a heart-shaped pizza from Robert’s Pizza & Dough Co. on Valentine’s Day. The offering is available by request for dine-in or pick-up. There will also be a special four-course menu for two that features lavish add-ons like a smoked salmon and caviar pie. Make reservations here.
Get a little cheesy on V-Day at Bartoli’s in West Town and Roscoe Village. You’ll be able to order heart-shaped pizzas in either tavern-style or deep dish. Prices start at $17.45 and $19.95, respectively. Order here.
Looking for a place to have a laid-back Valentine’s Day? Then join Lottie’s Pub for a nightcap happy hour from 7pm-10pm. The Bucktown bar is offering $10 heart-shaped pizzas as well as a number of drink deals.