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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Best Pasta Dish
CRITICS, UPSTATE | Mushroom-stuffed rigatoni at Capers & Lemons
301 Little Falls Drive, Wilmington, 256-0524
All of the entrées made with handcrafted pasta at Capers & Lemons are good, but its mushroom stuffed rigatoni is our favorite. Zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes, white wine and truffle butter combine to create a rich flavor that’s not overly spicy, yet very gratifying.
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | Pumpkin gnocchi at Abbott’s Grill
249 N.E. Front St., Milford, 491-6736
Abbott’s Grill chefs Kevin Reading and Ryan Cunningham harmonize silky handmade pumpkin gnocchi with tender chunks of braised lamb (sometimes duck), sun-dried cherries, and butternut squash in a thick ragoût made from sweet Madeira reduction and topped with shaved Parmesan. It’s an exercise in sophistication and warmth. Grab it this fall.