A proven team pulls off yet another success.
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Capers & Lemons
301 Little Falls Drive, Wilmington, 256-0524
Wood stone pizzas $11-$14
Fried polenta sandwich, any wood stone pizza, spinach-ricotta agnolotti, tiramisu
What is a caper, anyway? I overheard more than a few diners hazard an explanation:
“Well, it’s sort of an herb that grows underground.”
“Oh, they’re just tiny green olives.”
“They’re a thing that goes with lemons.”
By now, the customers at Capers & Lemons have figured it out. They had to, considering the Wilmington restaurant, in its first few months of service, was an immediate smash hit.
Carl Georigi, with the ownership group that brought us Dome Restaurant in Hockessin and Eclipse Bistro in Wilmington, opened Capers & Lemons in February. The restaurant sits at the entrance of a business park on Centerville Road, just outside Hockessin, which is a bit of a strange location, but it clearly doesn’t deter customers. Several managers used the term “overwhelming” when recounting the restaurant’s buzz. And the hype was still strong well into June, when a wait for dinner on a weeknight was nearly an hour.
Businesses such as Invista, Agilent Technologies, Children of America and Artisan’s Bank share the park with C&L, which provides a built-in customer base, but the restaurant is also within easy striking distance of Greenville, Kirkwood Highway, downtown Wilmington and Hockessin. The resulting confluence of customers appears diverse—young first-daters, families with kids, business types and empty nesters, who seemed to flood the place at lunchtime.
Through all its initial popularity, Capers & Lemons is considerably more understated when compared to the likes of Pizza by Elizabeths in Greenville and the Stone Balloon Winehouse in Newark—two ambitious restaurants that opened with great fanfare around the same time. And perhaps that’s why people have found C&L so appealing.
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