Nick and Joan Caggiano's colorful eatery has moved out of Rehoboth Beach and has reopened on Coastal Highway across from Grotto Grand Slam in Lewes at 17323 Ocean One Plz, Lewes, DE 19958. The new facility is cleverly modeled after the longtime downtown tradition. I have left the original article for reference, but a new one is on the way!
It's hard to believe that the original article about Nicolas was written and posted on December 19, 2009! The big seller at this pizza joint continues to be the Nic-O-Boli; Nicola's version of the stromboli. It's basically a pizza, filled with all sorts of stuff and then folded over onto itself, sealed and baked. Though their regular pizza is good, the Nic-O-Boli is certainly the star of the show. Heck, you can even buy them frozen!
I very much respect the Caggiano family for their amazing concept and longevity! And all the basics are there at Nicola Pizza, including baked Ziti with good-tasting meatballs, and sandwiches with chicken parm, meatball, tuna, sausage and hot roast beef. Generously portioned, they are guaranteed to fill you up. My favorite is the white pizza with pepperoni. (I'm not a fan of their red sauce, but that's just me. A lot of people like it.) I ask for the white pizza a little well-done so the top darkens a bit and the crust is a little crisper (what's better than a little burnt cheese?). I also like the “Red Devil Pizza” made with a spicy hot marinara. It reminds me of the standard sauce at Chicho's Pizza in Virginia Beach.
Nicola Pizza on Rehoboth Avenue. Beachy, noisy, FUN.1/2 The original Nicola on First St. A Rehoboth institution.2/2
Wanna make your guests think you've been slavin' over the stove all day? Pick up Nicola's meatballs, ziti and ‘bolis in quantity to take home. Transfer to your own pots, turn on the food channel, splatter a little sauce on that big blousy schmata, wave your big spoon, and tell 'em it's yours. I don't think Nick and Joan will mind a bit. These are nice people and they will understand.
Regarding their “health” claims, don't go to Nicola's because you think you're going to get skinny on their (or any other pizza parlor's) food. Go there because of the festive, resort atmosphere, the reasonable prices and the consistent product. They have built an empire here in Rehoboth Beach and don't need vapid health claims to convince people that it's good.
The new Rehoboth Ave. Nicola Pizza has been open for a while now. And it is certainly the place to see and be seen. The old one is still there (cool electric train ‘n' all), but the new installation features a big and inviting slice window right there on the sidewalk in the event you need a slice so badly that you can't drag yourself inside. If you do make it in, there's a big friendly bar and lots of seating. It's noisy (no surprise) and very “beachy.” But that's why you're here, right? Order another 16 mile Old Court.
They also have a busy carryout business, so call them at 302-227-6211 to check their hours. They no longer offer delivery service. (Delaware lifeguards, take note: They have a generous 15% year 'round discount for eat-in meals! Just show your lifeguard ID card.)
The original location was at 8 N. First St., next to Lily Thai. It will be taken over by Bethany Blues Express. The Nicola's on Rehoboth Avenue will soon be Tiki Jac's of the Zogg's/Wheelhouse/Bushels/Sea Hogg group.
Off-season Specials & HoursSpecials & Moods change quickly. Always call a restaurant first.
8 N.First St.
71 Rehoboth Ave.