Cape Gazette

Steppin' Up To The Plate

Do the math: Beach + pizza = fun

By The Rehoboth Foodie | Jul 25, 2013
Photo by: Foodie Wood-fired goodness from the new Rehoboth Touch of Italy and Mr. P’s in Lewes. So many pizzas – so little time!

It’s half-past dusk. The lights of Rehoboth Avenue cast a celebratory glare on the smiling humanity strolling on and off the Boardwalk. The warm, salty breeze triggers an odd feeling – an unexplained emptiness. It nags at you. What more could you possibly need on such an idyllic evening by the Atlantic? A slice of pizza, of course!

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No summer is complete without The Foodie’s Pizza Roundup!  Though uniquely American, pizza is like barbecue and other regional foods: Everybody is convinced that their favorite is the best. And Rehoboth serves up a variety of pies guaranteed to satisfy even the most demanding pizzaphile.

A downtown favorite is Louie’s. Somehow their pizza tastes even better when a slice (or two, or four) is reheated in their oven and consumed on the boardwalk. Tim, Tony and the boys pile on the pepperoni so your paper plate groans with pleasure as it’s passed into your trembling hands. The two Goliaths of pie, Grotto and Nicola’s, have been crankin’ ‘em out for happy vacationers since about the time the ocean was installed. Their pizzas are consistent and each saucy empire enjoys an army of militant enthusiasts.

The western reaches of Rehoboth Avenue host CasaDiLeo, with their gigantic two-hander lunch slice served thin and New York style. A few blocks north, the sign above Pete’s Steak Shop might say cheesesteaks, but the sleeper is their pizza. Order it thin crust/well done. You can even get it delivered. Online ordering and delivery is a specialty at Pizza Hut and Papa John’s – and Papa has an iPhone app so you’re never far from a pie. The blistering wood-fired oven at the new Touch of Italy by Outlet Liquors yields a crusty product with a yeasty “pull.” Order it with hot sopresatta, Italian sausage and mushrooms. Trust me on this.

In Lewes, Pat’s Pizza near Bling Salon serves the elusive square pizza (not unlike Marty McDonnell’s sadly closed Ledo’s for which we University of Marylanders still yearn). Pat’s is sort of like Pete’s but in reverse: The pizza is certainly good, but the sleeper is the cheesesteaks. Another wood-fired delight comes from Rick Thomas’ Mr. P’s on Kings Highway, where smoldering oak produces a pie that is satisfyingly puffy and crusty.

You’re at the beach! So when the salty breeze brings on that empty feeling, a slice of heaven might be just what you need.

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