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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READERS, UPSTATE | Don Scalessa of Café Scalessa’s
504 Greenhill Ave., Wilmington, 656-0955s
(tie) READERS, DOWNSTATE | Jay Caputo of Espuma
28 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-4199
and READERS, DOWNSTATE | Hari Cameron of Nage
4307 Highway One, Rehoboth Beach, 226-2037
CRITICS, UPSTATE | Julio Lazzarini of Orillas
413 N Market St., Wilmington, 427-9700
When he opened Orillas Tapas in 2008, Julio Lazzarini brought something new to a city thought to be set in its ways. Two years later, Lazzarini has become toast of the town and a bona fide celebrity chef. The CIA grad’s tapas, his intimate dining room and his commitment to downtown’s revitalization have won over the throngs. He’s appeared on the Food Network, at Meals from the Masters and the National Restaurant Association’s annual gala.
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | Nino Mancari of Salt Air
50 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-2444
Nino Mancari has a butcher’s diagram of a pig—the logo of legendary London restaurant St. John—tattooed on his forearm. He named his son Keller in honor of restaurateur Thomas Keller. To say Mancari is into food is probably understating it a bit. The Bethany native brings farm-to-table acumen to Salt Air, where his simple-yet-elegant dishes won over the town’s finicky foodies in short time. “There’s room for aesthetics,” he says, “but I like really simple.”
CRITICS, OVER THE LINE | Karen Nicolas of Simon Pearce
1333 Lenape Road, West Chester, Pa., (610) 793-0949
What’s a chef who’s trained at Johnson and Wales and logged experience at Soul, Gramercy Tavern and the French Laundry doing in West Chester? Simon Pearce’s Karen Nicolas relishes pulling much flavor from some of the region’s best ingredients. That means heirloom apples, perfectly plump braised Lancaster pork belly, and local mushrooms have a new maestro.