Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives‘ famous fire-engine red convertible and its blonde, spiky-haired driver blazed through Delaware kitchens in February, four years after a groundswell of TSD readers called for their favorite local haunts to be featured on the Food Network’s most popular show.
We now know when the first of the lucky restaurants visited by Guy Fieri and his crew will get their national exposure.
Triple D’s website confirmed that “a righteous spot smokin’ up chicken salad and off-the-chain chili” would be included in episode 3002, A World of Barbecue, first airing on Friday, May 24 at 9 pm.
At Local BBQ Post, Fieri watched carefully as the cooking team prepped for everything they serve. But his choice for sampling included their Chicken Salad and Smoke House Chili, which includes “just about everything we make.” Taping there actually started on Saturday, so the eatery was closed to the public for three days.
Next, on Friday, May 31, the Triple D episode, Sausage, Shawarma and Scaloppini will “start at a funky little Italian joint in Wilmington, Del, serving outrageous arancini and veal scaloppini,” before highlighting restaurants San Diego and Vancouver, BC.
Owner Luigi Vitrone says he has been on the Food Network probably 10 times (on other shows) since he opened Pastabilities nearly 32 years ago. So he was confident he would be able to dish up food to Guy Fieri’s liking on his first visit to his Little Italy eatery.
“Guy Fieri has a code. If he takes another bite of something, he really likes it. If he has something he doesn’t care for, he talks about the atmosphere and the ambiance of the place.” So did he take a second bite, TSD asked? “He took several bites of everything that we have here.”
The Food Network website states that Fieri will sample Vitrone’s arancini rice balls ($11) made of risotto, fresh herbs, and stuffed with stuffed w gorgonzola cheese, deep-fried and served in marinara sauce, as well as veal scaloppini.
Asked if he will actually work on May 31st, the day when the Pastabilities episode airs on the Food Network, Vitrone joked, “I don’t have a home. I live here. Of course, I will be here working. But I am going to see if a friend of mine can hook up a bunch of tv’s.”
There’s seating for 35 guests at the restaurant. So if you want to dine and enjoy the fun that night, you should probably book your reservation soon.