Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and no gift says “be mine” quite like food does, especially when it’s shaped like a heart.
From bread to ravioli to doughnuts, restaurants and bakeries in Bucks County are ready for romance.
Here are five heart-shaped foods to buy your significant other, crush or even yourself this holiday.
Pizza, Villa Rosa and Carlucci’s Express, Yardley
Yardley’s family-owned pizza and Italian shops are serving sweet and savory pies for Valentine’s Day.
The two locations have heart-shaped pizzas for $15.50 a pie. Guests can choose any toppings for savory pizzas.
Does your bae have a sweet tooth? Villa Rosa has a Nutella dessert pizza topped with strawberries and powdered sugar.
Pies will be served Feb. 14, 15 and 16. Delivery, curbside pickup and online ordering are available. Co-owner Carlo Capuano advises pre-ordering before the holiday.
“Everyone loves pizza, so it’s a good combination for Valentine’s Day,” Capuano said. “Who doesn’t like pizza shaped like a heart?”
The locations also have pizza kits that might make a cute Valentine activity for couples or the whole family.
Cake, The Deck Restaurant and Bar at Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope
Chef Andy Naddeo of The Deck is serving a rich, heart-shaped chocolate cake for the national holiday of love.
It’s a flourless chocolate cake topped with Chambord whipped cream, fresh raspberries and candied walnuts. The cake will be a part of a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner for guests who choose to dine at the restaurant.
The “Valentine’s Prix Fixe” dinner includes a first course of Valentine’s Day salad or house-made chili, a second course of seared sea scallops or steak and potatoes, and the third course of a chocolate cake. The dinner is $40 per guest plus $20 for wine pairings.
Guests can purchase the cake alone for $8.
This year, the cake is new, but Naddeo is using his tried-and-true chocolate cake recipe he’s been making for decades.
“I decided to go with this cake because it’s Valentine’s Day – you have to have chocolate,” Naddeo said. “And this cake is super rich and decadent. With the combination of chocolate, booze and fruit, what can go wrong?”
Go: 70 S Main St, New Hope, 267-270-2989; http://playhousedeck.com/
Ravioli, Vecchia Osteria, Newtown
For pasta lovers, the family-owned restaurant in Newtown is continuing its tradition of heart-shaped ravioli.
Co-owner Anna Palino makes homemade ravioli stuffed with lobster meat served in a brandy cream sauce with asparagus and lobster meat.
The Palinos decided to serve this dish for Valentine’s Day in the first year the restaurant opened and have kept the yearly tradition alive.
The dish is $33 and only available on Feb 14. Guests can pre-order for the holiday. Delivery, curbside pickup and online ordering are available.
Go: 20 Richboro Rd, Newtown, 215-860-7774; vecchiaosteriabypasquale.com/
Donuts, Yum Yum Bake Shop, Warminster and Colmar
A warm, sweet and personalized heart-shaped doughnut could be the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day.
The family-owned bake shop is serving small and large donuts customized with inscriptions like ”I love you” and ”Be mine.”
Small doughnuts are $3.99, and the large ones are $9.99. They come in vanilla, strawberry and chocolate icing and are filled with vanilla cream: Guests can ask for no cream.
A yearly tradition, the doughnuts are made larger than their usual batches so that they can be given as gifts.
“It’s just kind of a tradition, just through the holiday,” said co-owner Daniel Conli.
Go: 500 West Street Road, Warminster and 100 Bethlehem Pike, Colmar, 215-441-4477 and 215-822-9468; yumyumbakeshops.com/
French bread, focaccia and more, Crossroads Bake Shop
Known for its fresh bread and desserts, this Doylestown’s bakeshop is following its Valentine’s Day tradition of serving five heart-shaped breads and desserts.
In the morning, they’ll have cherry-chocolate chip scones for early bird sweethearts. The scones will be $2.50.
Throughout the day, the shop will serve heart-shaped tomato focaccia for $5.75 and French bread for $2.95. There also will be heart-shaped eclairs for $3.50, raspberry-filled and lemon-sugar sandwich cookies for $14.95 per pound, and meringues for $1.50.
The items are specially shaped like hearts for the holiday so that guests feel festive and celebrate with their loved ones.
The shop started as an artisan bread shop that slowly transitioned to a bake shop. All items are made from scratch, non-GMO, without preservatives and all-natural.
Go: 812 N Easton Road, Doylestown, 215-348-0828; http://www.crossroadsbakeshop.com/
Hira Qureshi covers food and drink for the greater Delaware Valley and Jersey Shore. She can be reached at [email protected] or 856-287-8106. Help support local journalism with a subscription to the Bucks County Courier Times or The Intelligencer.