As a demonstration, my waitress at Barbuzzo flashed me her "budino eyes" - a pouty look of puppy-dog desire triggered by the mention of that famed pudding. I knew then: this decadent butterscotch pudding, with its chocolate cookie-crumb bottom, salted caramel lid, and pouf of whipped cream, is the ultimate Valentine prize. You don't even need to grovel for a reservation, as Barbuzzo is selling mason jars of budinos in double-packs to go at Verde, their shop next door. Hopefully you'll find some budino eyes waiting hungrily for you at home. - Craig LaBan
Salted-caramel butterscotch budinos, $15 for two (Feb. 11-14)
Verde, 108 S. 13th St., 215-546-8700.
Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran are the pioneering entrepreneurs whose six restaurants and boutiques on 13th Street in Philadelphia have helped transform the once-desolate neighborhood into trendy Midtown Village.