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 Contemporary Italian
CRITICS, UPSTATE | Soffritto Italian Grill
1130 Kirkwood Hwy, Newark, 455-1101
Fresh, eye-catching pesce is the hallmark of Soffritto Italian Grill, where chef Antonio Ramos is known for his deft touch with fish, and he filets whole fish (from branzino to orata) tableside on Wednesday nights. A wall-length copper water feature, stone fireplaces and artistically plated dishes create unforgettable visual appeal.
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | DiFebo’s Restaurant
789 Garfield Pkwy., Bethany Beach, 539-4914
DiFebo’s culinary team of Lisa DiFebo-Osias, Ricardo Jimenez, Kevin Richardson, Chris Givons and Jeff Osias prepare contemporary dishes like a risotto of the day. As for its hipness, one need only check out DiFebo’s Facebook page—1,000 friends and growing. There’s also a Dinner To Your Door program. Delicious.
Best of the Old World
CRITICS, UPSTATE | La Casa Pasta
Four Seasons Shopping Center, Newark, 738-9935
Led by Giuseppe and Anna Martuscelli, 32-year-old La Casa Pasta is all about flavorful, homemade coastal Italian cuisine. (Giuseppe is a former fisherman and Navy cook.) The large menu is made up of delicious homemade pasta, fresh seafood and veal. The chef’s famous seafood-pasta explosion, paccheri alla Giuseppe, is famous, as is the daily “naked fish” selection. A fire in May might have set La Casa back a bit, but here’s looking forward to a glorious return.
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | Roma Italian Ristorante
3 President Drive, Dover, 678-1041
Roma used to be Dover’s favorite pizza shop—until it got dressed up and became a full-fledged restaurant. For years now, it has offered the best Old World cuisine downstate. Why? Chef Joey Garramone Jr. uses his father Guiseppe’s recipes, which are about as deliciously old-school Italian as it gets. Classics include veal scallopini, chicken Parmigiana and veal saltimbocca.
READERS, UPSTATE | Mikimotos Asian Grill & Sushi Bar
1212 N. Washington St., Wilmington, 656-8638
READERS, DOWNSTATE | The Cultured Pearl
301 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-8493
CRITICS, UPSTATE | Okura Japanese Cuisine Restaurant
703 Ace Memorial Drive, Hockessin, 239-8486
Okura Japanese Cuisine Restaurant went out on a bit of a limb this year, adding upscale pan-Asian creations to its venerable Japanese menu. But regulars of the Hockessin classic gave new items—like the stacked Tuna Tower with tuna sashimi, octopus, cilantro and
fried wontons—a big thumbs up. Chef Kailon Yeung does amazing sushi rolls, along with traditional yakisoba, yaki bifun and udon noodle dishes.
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