This is a hard one.
Like many regional favorites, pizza tastes and styles vary. And people really get wrapped up in the subject. In fact, some twit on Facebook angrily accused me of “appeasing the corporate giants” because I wrote that Grotto Pizza used to be better and more consistent than it is now. Well, it did used to be more consistent, whether you like it or not. I was driving here as early as 1962 for Grotto, so I've got to pull rank on this one. That being said, (1) there is now better pizza in town (though Grotto does have its loyal followers), and (2) I must divide this category into two subcategories:
1. Best Wood-Fired Pizza:
a. Touch of Italy in Shore Plaza on Coastal Highway. The charred crust (NOT burned!) and the delightful “pull” of the dough make this one a favorite. We like the “alla sopressata”: hot sopressata and mushrooms. The nectar of the gods.
b. Most certainly Mr. P's in Lewes. A puffy, airy crust with a great “pull” is what fills this place every night.
c. Are you sitting down? Try the wood-fired pies at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in downtown Rehoboth. Or even Revelation Craft Brewery in West Rehoboth. They're both sleepers for sure!
d. Since SoDel Concepts took over Crust & Craft in Midway Galleria, the consistency of the pizzas has improved. In other words, not nearly as many are coming out actually overcooked. Give 'em a try!
2. Best traditional oven-baked pizza: Here’s another toss-up, folks! I go back and forth, trying to decide (see the sacrifices I make for you, dear Reader?). So, in no particular order:
a. The thin & crispy with sausage, pepperoni and mushrooms at Pete’s Steak Shop in Rehoboth Marketplace by Food Lion,
b. Drive south a bit to Ponzetti's Pizza, just a block or so across the DE/MD line after Fenwick. It's on the ocean side. Thin and very much like the boardwalk pizza we all remember.
c. The terminally delightful Pomodoro Pizza in Bethany Beach, next door to Dickie's Frozen Custard. CALL IN ADVANCE if you're picking up. The oven is small and it takes them a while!
d. Marylanders will recognize this one immediately: Ledo's has been dishing up their one-of-a-kind rectangular pies for well over 50 years. We are lucky to still have a Ledo's in Ocean City at 127th St. and Coastal Highway in a little strip center.
e. AND the long-time locals’ favorite, Louie’s Pizza on Rehoboth Avenue by the boardwalk. Louie’s comes with an ocean, however, so let's make it all about the pizza, people, so you decide.
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