Coastal Delaware has an epic appetite for pizza of all sorts — and loyalties that run deep

By Pam George  |  Photographs by Carolyn Watson
From the July 2018 issue

july-feature-pizza Surf and a Slice - Delaware Beach LifeMaybe it’s the glistening oil that pools in the well of the pepperoni, the satisfying snap of a crisp crust or the string of cheese that hangs like a suspension bridge between a slice and a smile.

Whatever the reason, there’s something about pizza that appeals to local diners and visitors alike.

For proof, witness the profusion of places serving pizza in coastal Sussex County. There are distinctly local establishments, such as Nicola Pizza and Louie’s Pizza, both in Rehoboth Beach, and there are national chains, including Domino’s and Papa John’s.

There are versions baked in wood-fired ovens and pizzas made with grilled dough. You don’t need to be in an Italian restaurant to order it. Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats has offered pizza since it opened in 1995. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, which opened in May on Route 1 near Rehoboth, offers flatbreads — essentially oblong personal pizzas.

The multiple choices are a boon for beach consumers. But pizza’s popularity both on and off the boardwalk has led to a crowded marketplace. To get a fair share of the pie means standing out, regardless of whether the customer is buying a slice for $2.50 or a specialty pizza for $12.

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