For those who aren’t smitten with sweets for Valentine’s Day, perhaps a pizza will do the trick: A heart-shaped pizza, that is.
“It’s a good idea that goes beyond chocolate and flowers,” said Mike Guercio, owner of Cafe Europa in West Islip. “It’s more affordable and it’s a more lively gift.”
Guercio is making these heart-shaped pizzas now through the weekend for $16 for a standard size and $10 for a special-order mini pie.
And if for some reason you screw up and forget the holiday, “I’ll even make you one on Monday,” he said.
The heart-shaped pizza was inspired by a request from Guercio’s children, ages 3 and 4. On Friday, in time for lunch, he delivered 10 mini hearts to his child’s pre-school. Since he opened three years ago, it’s the first time he has offered the Valentine pizza for the holiday.
The shop, meanwhile, had already made 50 heart-shaped pies by the start of lunch on Friday, both as eat-in and delivery orders.
Cafe Europa delivers “to the moon and back,” Guercio said, with six surrounding towns in the free-delivery radius.
He makes them “by eye,” he said, claiming he’s very particular and doesn’t need a mold.
Novelty pizzas are becoming somewhat of a niche for Guercio, who has embraced special requests, like the shamrock pizza or the one for a pie in the shape of a Captain America shield. For that order, he made a round dessert pizza with stripes and the star in the center.
If you haven’t ordered one, there’s still time. A heart-shaped pizza can be ready in about 15 minutes, he said.
But do not fret when it arrives uncut, he said.
“We don’t cut the pizza because we don’t want to break your heart.”
Cafe Europa is in West Islip at 504 Union Blvd. You can order a heart-shaped pizza by calling 631-587-7000.