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Best of Delaware 2008

Our 25th salute to the places that make Delaware great, plus the Hall of Fame of winningest places ever. (Can you say Grotto Pizza?) As chosen by you, the readers (with a little help from your friends here at DT)


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Best Neighborhood Italian Place
Readers, upstate: Pat’s Pizza Family Restaurant (1713 Pulaski Hwy., Bear, 832-5500; 7288 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, 239-3999; 311 N. Broad St., Middletown, 378-4500; 606 E. Basin Road, New Castle, 322-6060; 160 Elkton Road, Newark, 738-0808; 40 Marrows Road, Newark, 738-1000; 41 E. Glenwood Ave., Smyrna, 659-1600; 2008 W. Newport Pike, Stanton, 992-0212; 4231 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 479-9020; 5603 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, 633-0303; 3604 Lancaster Ave., Wilmington, 999-7717; 1815 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, 792-2800)

Readers, downstate: Trevi Ristorante (53 E. Glenwood Ave., Smyrna, 653-6800)

Critics, upstate: It’s not so much what’s on the menu, though the fare at Madeline’s Italian Restaurant is as delicious as when matriarch Madeline Sparco whipped up her famous lasagna 42 years ago. It’s not so much the wonderful stuffed shells, veal spezzato, pasta fagioli soup, crusty South Philly rolls or the luscious lobster bisque, which are on the menu every day. What we honor this year is an occasional special: Madeline’s eggplant Parmigiana. The ultra-thin slices of eggplant are fried just right, topped with mozzarella and delicious sauce, then—and here’s the key—baked until all flavors blend into a harmonious whole (an all-too-infrequent occurrence in restaurants these days). Chefs tend to make it on Saturdays, though no one knows when the whim will get them, so call ahead. (531 N. Dupont St., Wilmington, 656-4505)

Critics, downstate: Roma chef Joseph Garramone Jr. of Roma Italian Ristorante learned to cook from his father, owner and founder Giuseppe Garramone. So no matter what the meal, dining at Roma always feels like a family event. The booths are still upholstered in red velvet—which may be a little outdated, but when you add white tablecloths and red cloth napkins, the unassuming space brings back memories of long-ago Sunday family gatherings. Locals love the gravy, which chef Joey simmers for 15 hours. The chilled roasted peppers with fresh mozzarella are out of this world. Eggplant and chicken Parmagiana are like Grandma’s. The saltimboca alla Roma, tender veal topped with prosciutto, is one of the most popular entrées. The Italian flag flies proudly here, but don’t be surprised to see a few Asian, Southwestern and classic American dishes, too. (3 President Drive, Dover, 678-1041)


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