The Best of Delaware 2009
From crab cakes and cheesesteaks to prime rib and clam bakes, little Delaware is packed with great places to eat and terrific places to shop. Here’s the cream of the crop.
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Best Family Place
Readers, upstate: Johnnie’s Dog House (3401 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 477-1440)
Readers, downstate: (tie) Big Fish Grill (4117 Highway One, Rehoboth Beach, 227-9007) and XBOS (456 W. Glenwood Ave., Smyrna, 653-1800)
Critics, upstate: Borin respects the hard-working family that owns Mazzella’s Italian Restaurant. “The family has brought just the right taste of Italy to our community, serving over-the-top portions of pasta, chicken, veal and seafood at wonderful prices that give enough leftovers for the week,” she says. “Owners Domenico and Mafalda often bring their mothers over from Naples to help create the newest dishes.” Borin’s one complaint: “I know the family needs a day of rest, but I wish Mazzella’s was open on Sundays.” (729 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, 762-8722)
Critics, downstate: Tiny Villa Sorrento is a regular haunt for the Leishear family. “We take the kids there. It’s old-school Italian,” Mark Leishear says. “They do great, Italian family-style dinner. Kelly will typically get a margarita pizza. The white pizza is good. The pasta is great. There are big salads and great bread. And they’re not afraid to use the garlic, so be prepared.” (1551 Savannah Road, Lewes, 644-7051)