Whether its coal or wood-fired, ‘fast casual’ or gourmet, no matter how you slice it, Americans love pizza. Fortunately, there’s lots of innovation and options for local pizza lovers, including several new Delaware eateries looking to serve the perfect pie.
Pizza has been a staple in the American diet since the early 1900s. Since then, the traditional mom and pop pizza shop has been reinvented thousands of times and pizza has taken every form under the sun. However, the key to a great pizza remains the same – melt in your mouth mozzarella, a savory marinara and a crisp crust made possible by an extra hot oven.
Here are 3 new local restaurants mastering the craft and serving up your next delicious pizza:
Pike Creek – 4500 New Linden Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808
If you are looking for a quick dinner to pick up after work, look no further than 1000 Degrees. One of the first businesses to inhabit the new Linden Hill Station shopping center in November 2018, 1000 degrees dishes Roman and Neapolitan pizza, breadsticks, fire roasted wings, and salads. Additional offerings include beer, gelato from Caffé Gelato and wine, to be added in the spring.
You can choose one of their numerous creations, or create your own to be fired in just 2 minutes in their 1000 degree brick ovens.
You can expect quick, hot, fresh pizzas made in front of you with topping selections ranging from bacon to olives. According to manager Christine Chapman, “anything you can put on a pizza that you can think of, we probably have.” All of their pizzas are made fresh and the ingredients are never frozen.
Also coming to the new shopping center early this year is Chuck Lagers Tavern, owned by Top Chef’s famed Fabio Viviani. The restaurant will serve craft pizzas as well as upscale tavern fare.
Newark – 3256 Fashion Center Blvd, Newark, DE 19702
New to the Christiana Fashion Center in May 2018, MidiCi offers wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, small plates, salads, cocktails and desserts in a casual, but posh space. In the traditional Neapolitan style, MidiCi pizzas spend only 90 seconds in 1000 degree ovens that were handcrafted in Naples, Italy – they prudently source most of their ingredients directly from the mainland itself.
Following directions, we placed our order at the register and then selected a table where our pizzas were quickly delivered. In one word, the Margherita pizza tasted authentic – simple and fresh ingredients, a whiff of basil, and an airy crust. We also tried the Truffle and Prosciutto pizza, which we felt needed just a bit more cream or cheese to satisfy our taste buds. Their signature Nutella calzone sounds delightful for dessert.
Wilmington – 620 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801
Opened in September 2018, Bardea is a great choice for both casual and formal diners. An instant classic to Market Street’s booming restaurant scene, the new eatery prides itself on first class service in a trendy atmosphere.
Co-owner Antimo DiMeo tossed his first pizzas working alongside his father at another family-run restaurant just up the street from Bardea. After spending a few years honing his craft in Italy, DiMeo returned to Wilmington and teamed up with Scott Stein to take Italian cuisine to a new level.
Their commitment to authentic pizza is clear in every bite. We especially like the creative toppings – most notably the spicy honey pizza with soppressata, guaranteed to wake up your palate.
We also highly recommend finishing your meal with the Tiramisu and an espresso martini, perhaps the best we have ever had of both.