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 Neighborhood Italian Place
Readers, upstate: Café Napoli (4391 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, 999-7553)
Readers, downstate: Trevi Ristorante (53 E. Glenwood Ave., Smyrna, 653-6800)
Critics, upstate: “I love this place,” Chen says of Ristorante Attilio. “The pasta is second to none, and I love the lasagna, but you must try Attilio’s smelts.” Ristorante Attilio is the place families celebrate major events and the guys get together for beers. The place isn’t fancy—walls are covered in dark paneling and the tables are the kind your grandma had—but it feels just like home. And nowhere will you find better Italian wedding soup, pepper-and-egg sandwiches, or chicken Parmigiana. And all that pasta is homemade. (1900 Lancaster Ave., Wilmington, 429-7584)
Critics, downstate: It doesn’t get more down-home Italian than owner Mara DePace serenading diners tableside while they twirl linguini pescatore around their forks at Villa Sorrento. The Leishears love the pizza and pasta at this newcomer, but the pescatore, served with clams, mussels, jumbo shrimp, scallops and fresh sautéed calamari, all topped with jumbo lump crab meat, is a big hit. Just like grandma’s kitchen, the aroma of garlic and red sauce hits as soon as you walk through the door. (1551 Savannah Road, Lewes, 644-7051)