My love is pizza shaped. Won’t you have a slice? It’s circular, so there’s enough to go around- Dora J. Aron.
Some may say Happy Valentines Day with a box of chocolates, or roses or even jewelry, but for those in the know, “Pizza is Love”- especially on that one special day for lovers of all ages “Valentines Day”! For the past several years, Park Avenue Pizza, situated in the beautiful hamlet of Bloomfield Connecticut has been celebrating February 14th with their famous “Lovers- Heart Shaped Pizza”. According to Executive Chef, John Platsis, “it all started a few years back when a couple were here on a date on Valentines Day and asked me to make them something special – so I took some pepperoni and shaped it like a heart- before I knew it- everyone wanted a heart shaped pizza – today it’s a Park Avenue Pizza Valentine Day Tradition”.
Park Avenue Pizza, located at 772 Park Avenue, opened its doors to welcoming neighbors over 40 years ago, today this “hidden gem” is undoubtedly the busiest restaurant in Bloomfield. No matter what time of day, every day, there is a continuous throng of folks either coming in to dine or making their way home with their boxed prize of love- a steaming hot Park Avenue Pizza or one of the myriad of their Italian specialties.
As its name applies-Park Avenue Pizza-prepares pizza–I really shouldn’t say prepares, they in actuality “craft” pizza. I, along with the majority of the world are fussy to the point of “Pizza obsession” on how they want their pizza crafted. I find that Park Avenue Pizza is close to my ideal. Start off with freshly made dough and sauces, add your choice of ingredients, be it hamburger, anchovies, shrimp or even pineapple, I personally prefer just a plain cheese pizza. Once prepared, the Park Avenue “pie”, steaming hot right from the oven, has a nice even texture, not too thin or too thick, very little air bubbles, outer crust, an even golden tan. The homemade sauce provides a superior base and is not overly sweet while the topping of choice, a blend of mozzarella and cheddar cheese is the piece de resistance to this superior quality ingredient pie! Now you know why they are queued up all day long for these hand baked oval wonders in the town of Bloomfield – and especially on Valentines Day. Please note- that Valentines Day Heart Shaped Pizza is not on the regular menu- please ask for one to be especially crafted for you. How do you spell love this Valentines Day – P I Z Z A
Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas, or if you would like to invite Mr. Frydman to review your restaurant at Howardbatv@aol.com.