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 Upscale Italian Place
Readers, upstate: Toscana Kitchen + Bar (1402 N. Dupont St., Wilmington, 655-8600)
Readers, downstate: DiFebo’s Restaurant & Deli (789 Garfield Pkwy., Bethany Beach, 539-4914)
Critics, upstate: The Grays love Pomodoro Ristorante Italiano in Little Italy for its intimacy, but the Southern Italian cuisine, especially dishes like zuppa di pesce Mediterranea or linguine all’ Astice, add to the world-class experience. Pomodoro specializes in cured Italian meats, including bresaola, smoked prosciutto and salami. Try the homemade tiramisu. (729 N. Union St., Wilmington, 574-9800)
Critics, downstate: The safari theme—see the zebra stripes on the facade, giraffe and leopard prints inside—is cool without being (too) kitschy, and the bar is loaded, sleek and impressive, but for homemade pasta and people-watching, Zebra Ristorante is the place. “Count on it, every visit,” Livingston says. “Plus, it has the freshest fish and the best veal chop in town.” For proof, see the popular veal saltimbocca. And of course, what would Zebra be without black and white fettucine? Livingston also credits the lively staff and stocked bar with making Zebra a fine-dining destination. Friends call the new bar and holding space The Bucky Bar because it’s overseen by a fine local gentleman named Bucky. “He knows everybody in town and every drink in the book,” Livingston says. “Do yourself a favor: Order a martini.” (32 Lake Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-1160)