Pizza is a staple in the First State, with its delicious toppings, rich tomato sauce and ooey-gooey cheese. There are so many different Italian restaurants and local pizzerias that offer delicious slices, but where is the best place to go?
Delaware Today asked our fellow Delawareans in a recent poll where they go for the best pizza in the First State, and here are the top five picks.
The Kozy Korner has been around for almost 100 years, serving the Wilmington community delicious breakfast and lunch dishes as well as fond memories. Recently, Nicholas Vouras, son of owner John Vouras, has introduced a new offering to the diner with his signature pizza pies. When the pandemic hit, Vouras went on a mission to discover the best pizza as well as help small businesses throughout the East Coast. Throughout his journey, he learned how to create one-of-a-kind pizzas and has been selling them since then at Kozy Korner diner.
A favorite among diners is the chipped beef pie. According to one Delaware voter, “the red, white or chipped beef pizza is phenomenal as well as the red pizza with basil on top and grated cheese.” Others enjoy the white pizza’s different cheese flavors and the fresh basil on top as well as the “Detroit style; wow the dough is so light and airy. You could eat the entire pizza and wouldn’t even feel bad.”
906 N. Union St., Wilmington; 658-0812
Family-owned and -operated, Rocco Italian Grill & Sports Bar has been a staple in Wilmington since 2011. Its delicious array of fresh Italian food is what captures customers’ eyes, but its specialty pizza is what keeps them coming back. Each pie has been modified and made from scratch to satisfy every pizza lover’s taste buds.
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The crab diablo pie stuck out the most with our readers, and one person noted that it “has the perfect balance of spicy cheese and crispy crust,” while another said that “the pizza dough is made in-house and is always fresh and delicious.”
Not only that, but the Rocco special pizza with mixed veggies and meat toppings is a fan favorite along with the secret menu thin crust. “I think it’s like a secret menu grandma style, so crispy.”
Rocco Italian Grill & Sports Bar
701 N. Union St., Wilmington; 384-6052
Founded in 1960, the famed Grotto Pizza has been a mainstay in Delaware for decades. Since the very beginning, Grotto Pizza has been stealing the hearts—and taste buds—of thousands of Delawareans across the First State. From one seasonal, small takeout stand to a multiple-location enterprise, Grotto continues to serve delicious, fresh ‘za to locals.
There are numerous different pies to enjoy, including the “marinated spinach and mushroom pizza,” as well as the traditional plain cheese pie because “the sauce is unique and the cheese is high quality,” readers declare.
Café Pomodoro opened its doors in the Limestone Hills Shopping Center in 2017, bringing with it incredible pasta and Italian dishes to the Pike Creek area. This small-town Italian restaurant offers a delicious assortment of dishes from its stromboli, hoagies and specialty paninis to its mouthwatering pizzas.
“All their pizza is awesome!! Doesn’t matter if it’s cheese, toppings, white, specialty, the crust is always perfect, thin and crispy,” says one diner. Others agreed that the white spinach vaiety is delicious for the “dollops of ricotta and lovely spinach leaves.”
The Pomodoro’s Grandmom pizza and Carlo’s Upside-Down Detroit-Style pie, which are equally delicious, are fan favorites as well.
Café Pomodoro Cucina Italiana
5337 Limestone Rd., Wilmington; 635-7300
As an eat-in or to-go restaurant, Mr. P’s Wood Fired Pizza focuses on the taste and technique of its pizzas rather than the quantity. While the wood-fired pizza is delicious on its own, it is even tastier when paired with one of the 17-plus craft beers on tap from breweries like Dogfish, 16 Miles, Mispillion, Revelation and Fordham & Dominion.
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Every slice, including the “Mr. P’s Style Margherita,” is freshly made, hand-tossed and cooked to perfection in the eatery’s trademark wood-fired oven. “The crust has a great taste with sauce, mozzarella, basil and garlic. You can’t beat it,” says one local eater. The “goat cheese, artichokes and capers” pie is a close second favorite among voters.
Mr. P’s Pizzeria
1004 Kings Hwy., Lewes; 645-1900