Heart-Shaped Pizzas Grow In Brooklyn

Left: The classic Valentine's Day heart-shaped pizza from Maspeth Pizzeria in Maspeth, Queens. Right: The Ti Amo pizza from Tony's Pizzeria & Restaurant in Bushwick, Brooklyn. 

Left: The classic Valentine's Day heart-shaped pizza from Maspeth Pizzeria in Maspeth, Queens. Right: The Ti Amo pizza from Tony's Pizzeria & Restaurant in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Lauren Roche for BuzzFeed News

For Valentine’s Day, there are many played-out traditions, including buying chocolates, balloons, and flowers for a loved one. But what about incorporating pizza to spice things up? Two New York City–based pizzerias have been doing just that — making special edition pizzas for Valentine’s Day.

Since 2008, Tony's Pizzeria & Restaurant in Brooklyn has made the Ti Amo, a sweet pizza with a Nutella base that’s in the shape of a heart and includes chocolate-covered strawberries, marshmallows, and sprinkles. It is definitely a deluxe pie that’s sure to impress any recipient.

Three miles away, Maspeth Pizzeria, which began making a Valentine’s Day pizza about 15 years ago, chose a more traditional but equally delicious approach for its heart-shaped pizza.

Jack Polizzi with the Ti Amo pizza at Tony's Pizzeria & Restaurant in Brooklyn.

Jack Polizzi with the Ti Amo pizza at Tony's Pizzeria & Restaurant in Brooklyn.

“We are all here because we want to be here,” Jack Polizzi of Tony’s Pizzeria in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, told BuzzFeed News. His parents, Anna and Anthony Polizzi, founded Tony’s in 1974 after they immigrated to the United States from Sicily. Jack helps run the business now with his two brothers, Sal and Anthony. “Everyone loves pizza. Even if you have bad pizza, it’s still good pizza,” adds Polizzi.

The Ti Amo pizza was created by Jack in 2008 when he was in college while working at his parents’ pizza spot. He wanted to do something special for Valentine’s Day and was inspired to make a sweet pie. Originally the Ti Amo pizza was circular, but as the holiday neared, Jack decided to make it heart-shaped. Jack, Sal, and Anthony are innovative in the kitchen and love listening to customers bring new ideas in for their pizzas. Out of their love for experimenting with pizza toppings, the Ti Amo was born.

Jose Mencho, manager of Maspeth Pizzeria, remarked how excited people get when they see their heart-shaped pizza. “The people love it — it’s something special for this time [of the year].” In addition to the cheese pizza, Maspeth Pizzeria, like Tony’s, offers many customized options, including chocolate, bananas, and of course, Nutella. Mencho adds, “We make everybody happy.”

Jack Polizzi pours Nutella as the base for the Ti Amo pizza. The Ti Amo includes Nutella, marshmellows, diced strawberries, chocolate-covered strawberries, and sprinkles.

Jack Polizzi pours Nutella as the base for the Ti Amo pizza. The Ti Amo includes Nutella, marshmellows, diced strawberries, chocolate-covered strawberries, and sprinkles.

Jack Polizzi preps the Ti Amo pizza with some diced strawberries.

Jack Polizzi preps the Ti Amo pizza with some diced strawberries.

Pizza Bae: Jack Polizzi adds a little flare when adding his final touches to the Ti Amo pizza.

Pizza Bae: Jack Polizzi adds a little flare when adding his final touches to the Ti Amo pizza.

Anna Polizzi (right) with her son Jack and the Ti Amo pizza at Tony's Pizzeria & Restaurant.

Anna Polizzi (right) with her son Jack and the Ti Amo pizza at Tony's Pizzeria & Restaurant.

Jack Polizzi holds the Ti Amo pizza outside Tony's Pizzeria & Restaurant in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Jack Polizzi holds the Ti Amo pizza outside Tony's Pizzeria & Restaurant in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Maspeth Pizzeria's heart-shaped pizza is prepared (left) and pulled out of the oven.

Maspeth Pizzeria's heart-shaped pizza is prepared (left) and pulled out of the oven.

Artemio of Maspeth Pizzeria displays a freshly made heart-shaped pizza.

Artemio of Maspeth Pizzeria displays a freshly made heart-shaped pizza.

Jose Mencho, manager of Maspeth pizza, poses with its heart-shaped pizza.

Jose Mencho, manager of Maspeth pizza, poses with its heart-shaped pizza.

Artemio stacks pizza boxes for deliveries for Super Bowl Sunday.

Artemio stacks pizza boxes for deliveries for Super Bowl Sunday.