The Dutch and British settlers who arrived in Delaware in the late 17th century both thought the area now known as New Castle was worth fighting over. Although it was the Dutch who built up the original community on the banks of the Delaware River and called it New Amstel, the Brits ousted them, took it for their own and renamed it after Newcastle, a city in their home country. New Castle eventually came under American governance during the War of Independence and it was from then on that the new authorities began to develop the town's port and railway lines. New Castle experienced a brief boom era with many of the properties built during that time still in existence today. One of the main companies that attracted migrant workers to New Castle in those days was an aviation firm. The factory workers earned good wages and so were able to treat their families to a meal in the restaurants opening up in the city. That meant regular business for the Italian restaurant owners and pizza became a new favorite food for the locals.
The boom time of the 20th century in New Castle occurred after the appearance of New York-style pizza on North America's food scene. While the pizza chefs of the city quite possibly knew all about it, they chose to keep the size of their pies equal to that of a traditional Italian one but use a thinner base. For that reason, New Castle is known for its thin crust pizzas. There's little difference between a thin crust and a regular Italian pizza other than the thickness of the dough that forms the base. The basic bread dough has the same ingredients and the toppings used are the same. Once it's cooked though it is quite a bit crispier which adds a great texture to the pizza. Another bonus to thin crust is it needs a shorter cooking time than a regular pie so you have a few minutes less to wait for it to be served after you've ordered it.
Give Porto-Fino Pizza and Restaurant a call and what they'll send you in return is the best delivery pizza in New Castle. The chefs in this pizzeria on Ferry Cut Off Street don't hang about dispatching your pizza either. They're quick off the mark and won't mess up your order. The Porto-Fino Pizza and Restaurant occupies a very Italian-looking brick building with a sloping red-tiled roof. The large arched windows are half-covered with trattoria-style curtains which makes the interior a little dark but still welcoming. If you're eating at home though, you'll be more interested to know that it's in the kitchen that the magic happens. As well as a regular thin crust, the guys at Porto-Fino will knock you out an ultra-thin crust that gets even crispier than usual when baked. Try it topped with buffalo chicken or even as a veggie special and you won't be disappointed by a soggy bottom.
If you're out and about looking for some lunch or a quick pie fix, head down North Dupont Avenue and you'll come across a pizzeria called Pizza and Pasta. Stop there and you'll be able to pick up the best take-out pizza in New Castle. While the owners of Pizza and Pasta may not have gotten overly imaginative with their restaurant name or its décor, inside or out, they know a thing or two about baking great pies. They wouldn't still be serving the local community after nearly twenty years if they didn't. Pizza and Pasta make a super range of pizzas that vary from New York-style to Sicilian grandma-style to stuffed crust as well as your regular thin crust so there's certainly no lack of choice when it comes to base type. Once you've decided which one you want for your take-out all you've got to do is think of the toppings. Who said getting a take-out pizza was easy?
Wilmington borders New Castle to the north and is just a five-mile trip, but one worth making for the super recreational opportunities the city offers. Wilmington has almost as many museums as it does historic buildings. If you're visiting with kids they'll probably enjoy the Delaware Children's Museum and the Brandywine Zoo more than the Hagley Museum, the Delaware Art Museum, or the Hendrickson House Museums. If you take them to any of the latter three, compensate them with a pie from Grotto Pizza on Pennsylvania Avenue.
If you enjoy military history, you'll have an interesting outing if you head south out of New Castle to Delaware City. Delaware City is the location of the Fort Dupont State Park which was an important outpost on the river until after the end of WW1. There's a river trail there from where you might be lucky enough to spot osprey hunting for fish. If not, take the ferry over to Pea Patch Island which is another historic military installation on the Delaware River. When you're hungry, you can get a great pizza from La Matesina on 5th Street.
Travel twelve miles west of New Castle and you'll arrive in Newark which is the perfect place to go to when you want to get away from it all. Pick up a pie from the Wood-Fired Pizza Shop on Cleveland Avenue and then head for the White Clay Creek State Park trails. You can wander through the woodlands there for miles or just find a quiet spot where you can demolish your pizza while contemplating the beauty of nature.
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