Best of Delaware 2010
You told us your favorites. We have a few of our own. Herein, the great big list of winners.
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CRITICS, UPSTATE | Maiale
2800 Lancaster Ave., No. 3, Wilmington, 691-5269
Now that local restaurants have caught on to the beauty of Maiale Deli and Salumeria (we’re looking at you, Chelsea Tavern), a wider audience gets to experience Billy Rawstrom’s savory hand-ground sausages and cured meats. Freshly ground pork shoulder and cayenne pepper go into spicy Italian sausage. The shop keeps 10 to 15 varieties of handmade artisan sausages every day, plus selections of dry-cured salumi like Genoa and sopressata, and Italian bacons such as pancetta and guanciale. Stop in for lunch and grab a sausage sandwich.
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | A Touch of Italy
33A Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-1500
Why did it take so long to get a gourmet salumeria in Delaware’s most foodie-friendly town? A Touch of Italy is a welcome addition to Rehoboth, stocking lots of cured meats, cheeses and provisions. Get your Stravecchio Parmesan, Auricchio provolone and Vantia-brand prosciutto here. All hang conveniently from the ceiling. The Bascio family—led by Louie and brother Frankie—smoke mozzarella in-house and display it alongside the largest selection of imported Italian cheeses in the state.