Delicious Takeout Ideas for Valentine’s Day

From cream puffs to heart-shaped pizzas, here are some of your options.

THIS HOLIDAY for lovers is about pampering — and for some people that means not cooking in the kitchen. Thankfully several local restaurants understand this need for pampering and have created fun and unique meals and treats for Valentine’s Day.

Heart-Shaped Pizzas

Two local pizzerias are reshaping their crust to mimic a heart in honor of Valentine’s Day. Proof Pizza, inside Saint Kate Arts Hotel, is upgrading their normally round Neapolitan-style pizzas into this iconic shape on Monday, Feb. 14. And at any of the Lou Malnati’s locations (Brookfield, Fox Point, Greenfield and Waukesha) the annual tradition of their 9-inch heart-shaped pizzas ($13.35-$17.85) returns after Monday, Feb. 7 and lasts until Monday, Feb. 14. For both, order online or by calling either Proof Pizza at 414-270-4433 or the Lou Malnati’s nearest you.

Dinner To-Go

Select The Bartolotta Restaurants eateries offer an option to dine at home with their take-out meals, called Valentine’s Day at Home. Anything you want from Joey Gerard’s-A Bartolotta Supper Club’s menu can be picked up at its Greendale restaurant on Saturday, Feb. 12 or Monday, Feb. 14 between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. If seafood is more your jam, Harbor House’s three-course Valentine’s Day menu ($85+ per person) is available for pick up on Friday, Feb. 11; Saturday, Feb. 12; Sunday, Feb. 13 or Monday, Feb. 14 between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Choose your own starter, entrée and “sweet” from a pre-selected menu with decadent options that include lobster pot pie, striped sea bass or ginger cheesecake. Mr. B’s – A Bartolotta Steakhouse in Brookfield and Mequon put together a special Valentine’s Day Curbside Pickup (price varies) for Saturday, Feb. 12; Sunday, Feb. 13; or Monday, Feb. 14.

Sweet Treats

No, you don’t have to wait until the State Fair for a cream puff. Original Cream Puffs, which are served at the State Fair every August, is taking orders for its special strawberry and cocoa-cream cream puffs. A six-pack of cream puffs costs $25 and a three-pack $14. Order online and pick-up at a drive thru at Wisconsin State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St., West Allis, Friday, Feb. 11 or Saturday, Feb. 12, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or Monday, Feb. 14, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Meal Kits or Take-and-Bake

Hotel Madrid puts a Valentine’s Day spin on its Take ‘n Make Wellingtons Feb. 11-13. And it’s not just for starry-eyed couples either. Opt for the single meal ($45), 2-pack ($85) or 4-pack ($160). Included with the meat are a side of mixed vegetables, crispy potatoes and Simma’s cheesecake. Pop all but the cheesecake in the oven and dinner is served. There’s an option to add on a 32-ounce red sangria ($40) or bottle of wine ($40 or $99). Order online and pick up Friday, Feb. 11 after 5 p.m.

Pasta Tree’s Valentine’s Day Romantic Dinner for Two Kit ($200) features everything but the flatware. Now you just need to put on an apron and prep. Included in the kit are two chocolate raspberry martinis, make-your-own lobster ravioli or cannelloni, two pancetta-wrapped beef tenderloin, arugula fennel salad with crispy prosciutto and truffle vinaigrette, tiramisu, a bottle of prosecco and then — for the next morning — biscotti and a package of the Pasta Tree’s Lovers Special Blend Coffee. Order by calling 414-276-8867 or emailing thepastatree@gmail.com by Wednesday, Feb. 9 and pick up between Friday, Feb. 11 and Monday, Feb. 14.


CORRECTION: Lazy Susan‘s Valentine’s Day meal is a dine-in special, not takeout. 

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A seasoned writer, and a former editor at Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, Kristine Hansen launched her wine-writing career in 2003, covering wine tourism, wine and food pairings, wine trends and quirky winemakers. Her wine-related articles have published in Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, Uncorked (an iPad-only magazine), FoodRepublic.com, CNN.com and Whole Living (a Martha Stewart publication). She's trekked through vineyards and chatted up winemakers in many regions, including Chile, Portugal, California (Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast), Canada, Oregon and France (Bordeaux and Burgundy). While picking out her favorite wine is kind of like asking which child you like best, she will admit to being a fan of Oregon Pinot Noir and even on a sub-zero winter day won't turn down a glass of zippy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.