A Hit at Hagley
Dan Butler makes history at Hagley. Plus, Luca banks on classic Italian in Millsboro, and discover the best-kept dining secret in Delaware.
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Dan Butler is bringing a little quattro formaggi to Worker’s Hill. The Piccolina Toscana chef has taken over operations of The Belin House, the café on the grounds of Hagley Museum and Library.
As Hagley’s exclusive on-site caterer, Butler gets to work his magic at picturesque facilities like the Soda House and the Hagley Library. “That’s the easy part,” Butler says. “But for me to run the café is a challenge. People aren’t there because of my café. They are there because they’re interested in seeing the museum and they want to get something to eat.”
Butler, along with Belin chef Roy Eckbold, lures diners with local, mostly organic snacks, sandwiches and salads, plus a few crossover hits from Toscana. House-made granola and blueberry lemonade are big hits at Belin. Those looking for bigger bites can enjoy a slow-roasted turkey breast sandwich with pancetta and spicy mayonnaise on a crunchy stirato roll, or a grilled veggie sandwich.
Of course, there’s always the tortellini and pizza, which has been winning buzz for 20 years—available now at the 200-year-old institution. —Matt Amis
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