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Here’s a little lighter fluid for the Riverfront party scene. FireStone Roasting House (110 S. West St., Wilmington, 658-6626) is the creation of Eric Sugrue and the ownership group behind Big Fish Grill and the Summer House. After extensive renovations, it takes over the location last occupied by C.W. Harborside.
The menu at FireStone is backed by extra-crispy craft pizzas baked in a wood-burning oven, part of FireStone’s attractive open kitchen. One signature pie comes topped with roasted chicken chunks, sautéed mushrooms, smoked mozzarella and truffle oil. The kitchen will also rotate a daily pizza special. “It’s just good, fresh pizza,” says manager Matt Moyer. “Great flavor, nice crust, not too thick, not too thin.”
Foodies might dig the crust, but FireStone also hopes to attract a nighttime crowd to its expansive outdoor patio. Expect lots of live music, DJs, hot dancing and cool drinks, like the signature firewater cocktail—with citrus vodka and Fresca (yes, Fresca)—and a honeydew martini cooled with frozen balls of sweet melon. “The scene is a big part of what we’re trying to create,” Moyer says. “That air of excitement.”
That’s hot. —Matt Amis
Page 2: Holy Smokes | Applewood smoke fills the air and the aroma of vinegar tickles your nostrils. It’s barbecue time. Below, the joints where we’re getting messy.