I’ve heard heaps of positive comments about this place since it opened earlier this year.
The latest was last week when I stopped into The Wine Sampler, in the same shopping strip as Pizzetta’s (Anderson Square Plaza), where I had a lovely discussion about many things Pizzetta’s with the person selling me wine that day.
She said the pizza was terrific. She said the grilled veggie salad was to die for. She said she’d gained five pounds since Pizzetta’s had opened down the way.
So as soon as I had my bottle of wine in hand and got out the door, I called a friend I had been meaning to catch up with anyway and asked if she wanted to go the very next night. Luckily, she said yes. She’d already been there, in fact, and loved it.
We started with Garlic Knots, delicious little “knots” of garlic bread which were all crispy/savory outside, and warm and fluffy inside, and flavored with just the right amount of garlic, as in, not in that overpowering way you get with garlic bread at other places. You get 6 for $2.00.
Next we shared a terrifically large Caesar Salad that had some of the best croutons I’ve ever had on a salad. (The croutons are homemade, and you can tell.) I could make a satisfying meal off just this salad. This set us back $6.95. It’s entrée-sized and the perfect amount for two to split.
I was tempted to get pizza for my main course, since many of the folks who’d raved about this place said was the best they’ve had in Wilmington, but I decided on Baked Penne with Tomato Sauce, Ricotta & Mozzarella cheese instead. Delicious red sauce, lots of cheese, man, I was completely happy. All this for only $7.50? Yes indeedy.
Good stuff, that, but next time I’m in it for the pizza. In addition to pizza and baked pastas, they also offer pasta dishes of the non-baked variety; calzones; stromboli; heroes; and entrees like chicken parmigiana, eggplant rollatini, and sausage and peppers, to name a few. And all very well-priced, too.
For dessert we had cannoli, which I don’t feel qualified to comment on, as I’ve never been a real fan of cannoli, and seldom eat them. But my friend gave them the thumbs up. They also have Italian Ice, Zeppole, and Gelato in the dessert category.
This really nice meal was around $22 bucks for the both of us, a real bargain considering how much food we had, and how wonderful it was. Add to the experience the owners here are warm and friendly and go out of their way to make sure everyone in this small space is happy and satisfied.
They don’t have wine – yet, I’m not sure if that’s in the works or not – but you can bring your own, and there is no corkage fee. Love that. Especially handy that The Wine Sampler is just a few doors down so you can pick up something great there to go with your meal here.
Hours and Location
4107 Oleander Drive, Unit F (Anderson Square Plaza)
Hours: Open Daily at 11:00 a.m., as near as I can tell, except Sundays open at 12:00. The website doesn’t list closing hours, but the Wednesday night we were there it looked like they closed up shop at about 9:00 pm.
We were still there at that hour – the last table in the place, mind you — and they worked around us without saying a word and wished us a good night as we left. Gosh darnit, I love that kind of hospitality! : )