ABC News' Sheila Marikar reports from New York:
It was a scene out of a reality TV producer's dream: Sarah Palin, Donald Trump and their families eating dinner at a Times Square pizza joint.
The pizza summit happened after Palin met with "The Apprentice" star/real estate mogul at his tony 5th Avenue apartment. There, surrounded by press and curious onlookers, the two would-be/could-be Republican presidential contenders showered each other with praise.
He said: "I’ll tell you she's a great woman, a terrific woman, and a great friend." Asked if he'd endorse her, Trump replied, "I'd love her to run."
She said: "What do we have in common? A love for this country and a desire to see our economy put back on the right track." She also praised “his independence, his willingness to speak his mind.”
There was plenty of pizza to be had — pepperoni and cheese — when Palin, Trump and their families sat down to dinner at Famiglia's Famous Pizza on 50th and Broadway. There were no endorsements, but when asked, "How about a Trump-Palin ticket?" Palin crowed, "That sounds exciting! Sounds unconventional!"
(Also unconventional: Melania Trump dripping with diamonds while picking at pizza on a paper plate.)
Palin and Trump parted ways on the sidewalk, once again thronged by onlookers. She's off to Ellis Island in the morning, the next stop on her whirlwind tour of the Northeast's historic monuments.