If you’re planning a date at this locavore tavern, a word of advice: Arrive early to avoid a lengthy wait. Pie-hobbyist-turned-pro Paul Giannone produces more than a dozen truly original ’zas, with gorgeously blackened crusts covered in crispy nooks and pillowy bubbles. The Cherry Jones—a frequent special featuring orange-blossom honey, Gorgonzola, mozzarella, dried Bing cherries and wispy prosciutto di Parma—is a beautiful balance of sweet and salty. The rustic setting and low lighting make Paulie’s a charming date spot—and if you’re lucky, you might get a table with a view of the roaring custom-built oven.
In a city awash with V-Day prix fixes of varying quality, we’ve dug up romantic spots—spanning Italian, seafood and more—offering à la carte menus for a Valentine’s Day dinner, from low-key, low-cost options to high-end environs for the grand gesture. Make a reservation today.
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