Who doesn’t enjoy a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs covered in parmesan cheese? Or a large slice of hot, layered lasagna? Americans certainly love their Italian food and can’t get enough of it. Not only the food, but the ambiance too – preferably cozy, relaxed, and comfortable. You know, the kind of Italian restaurant where you can take your time drinking wine, conversing with friends, and eating amazing Italian fare.

Believe it or not, tiny Delaware is home to some incredible Italian restaurants. Trust us, if you’re in the mood for a delicious meal, you won’t be disappointed. So without further ado, here are five of our favorite Italian restaurants in Delaware (not listed in any particular order):

Lupo Italian Kitchen
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

If you like Italian food paired with a glass of hearty red wine, then Lupo Italian Kitchen in Rehoboth Beach is just perfect for you. The restaurant offers an extensive “killer” wine selection and even wows diners with its exquisite wine glasses. But don’t worry, the food is outstanding and beautifully presented too. Diners rave about the “excellent” marinated olives and “delicious” burrata appetizers, “amazing” bread (served warm with dipping oil), “fresh” pasta, homemade spaghetti with lamb meatballs, and “incredible” pistachio ice cream. The list of favorites goes on and on.

Lupo’s customer service is “impeccable” and attentive, and its atmosphere is bright and welcoming. The eatery does get busy, even during the off-season, but only because of how fantastic it is. You’re going to love it so drop by Lupo Italian Kitchen the next time you visit Rehoboth Beach – don’t forget!

Check out Lupo Italian Kitchen’s menu in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware here.

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Piazza Mia Italian Bar & Grill
Dover, Delaware

Piazza Mia Italian Bar & Grill in Dover simply delights its repeat customers with its consistency and nice atmosphere. You can count on excellent food and service – whether you dine in-house or get takeout – every single time. Piazza Mia also takes great care to cater to folks with gluten allergies so if you fall into this category, you’ll definitely appreciate all of the gluten-free options on the menu. Family-friendly and comfortable, this is the type of Italian restaurant you can stop by for lunch or dinner and leave completely satisfied and full. So the next time you’re in Dover, make sure to check out Piazza Mia Italian Bar & Grill; there’s no doubt it will exceed all of your expectations!

Find Piazza Mia Italian Bar & Grill’s menu in Dover, Delaware here.

Taverna Rustic Italian
Wilmington, Delaware

“Upscale Italian dining with a unique atmosphere and elevated menu.” Sound appealing to you? Then you won’t want to miss Taverna Rustic Italian in Wilmington. The ambiance is cozy, the service friendly, and the food amazing. Locals and tourists alike say it’s a 10/10 and one of their favorite Italian places in the area.

If you visit, don’t forget to try Taverna’s excellent, piping hot coal-fired pizzas. Some other customer favorites include the mushroom and crispy meatball pizzas, Italian wedding soup appetizer, cannelloni, and spicy shrimp and orzo dish. And don’t forget about Taverna Rustic Italian’s outstanding tiramisu! “The best we ever had,” proclaims one reviewer, and somehow we think you’ll feel the same!

View Taverna Rustic Italian’s menu in Wilmington, Delaware here.

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Sal’s Italian Restaurant
Seaford, Delaware

Sal’s Italian Restaurant in Seaford has been around for decades. Some patrons say they’ve been frequenting the place for 30+ years. Wow; talk about loyalty. Some keep coming back for Sal’s pizza (and the $9.99 large pizza special on Mondays and Wednesdays – what a steal!) Others love the restaurant’s “overstuffed” subs, strombolis, and cheesesteaks. Everyone appreciates the fast service, cleanliness of the restaurant, and nice decor. So if you’re looking for “unbelievably excellent” Italian fare (including the “best” fried pickles anywhere in Delaware), drop by Sal’s Italian Restaurant as soon as you can.

Explore Sal’s Italian Restaurant’s menu in Seaford, Delaware here.

Perucci’s Classic Italian Restaurant
Millville, Delaware

Make reservations in advance or you won’t have a chance of getting seated at Perucci’s Classic Italian Restaurant in Millville. Why? The eatery is in high demand because of all it has to offer (plus it’s on the small side with only 12 or so tables.) An intimate, cozy restaurant, diners love the romantic ambiance: soft lighting, candles, quiet music, the whole shebang. And let’s not forget the phenomenal service (attentive and efficient – reviewers consistently highlight servers that went above and beyond for them) and expertly prepared food – like the clam linguine (“delicious”), bruschetta, lasagna (“filling”), and chicken parmesan. Skip all of the tourist traps the next time you’re in or around Millville and head right on over to charming little Perucci’s Classic Italian Restaurant – trust us, you won’t regret it!

Find Perucci’s Classic Italian Restaurant’s menu in Millville, Delaware here.