The first houses built in the late 19th century on the barrier spit on the coast of Maryland which Ocean City now occupies were specifically designed for vacations. Before that ambitious developer started his project on the stretch of sandy terrain there had been little interest in the area, but that rapidly changed. As more and more visitors began arriving to enjoy the sea air and beach, the area soon caught the eye of other ambitious developers. It was an ideal place for a vacation resort and by the end of the 1800s, the first hotel was receiving guests. Ocean City entered a boom era of development which it concreted by extending its industrial interests to fishing to help maintain economic stability. Anywhere there's a high number of tourists, there's always hungry mouths to be fed. That fact led to canny Italians opening pizzerias in Ocean City and pizzas have been on their menus ever since.
As Ocean City underwent its rapid expansion from unwanted terrain to mega tourist resort, Italians migrated there from all over the country. While they may have traveled from various states they had one thing in common and that was the region of Italy they or their families originated from. The majority of Italians who moved to Ocean City were from the Naples area of the home country and so Ocean City has become known for Neapolitan-style pizza. Neapolitan-style pizza is similar to a traditional thick crust but with a marginally thinner base and should be baked in a wood-fired oven to achieve the slightly charred flavor associated with this type of pie. A Neapolitan-style pizza is never perfectly symmetrical and its rusticity is part of its appeal. That along with a good homemade tomato sauce and mozzarella made from buffalo milk are what makes this pizza one of the best to eat.
If you want to sigh with delight when you open your pizza delivery box, order a pie from Amici's on Stephen Decatur Highway. Not only will you be sighing with pleasure, you'll be snapping a photo of your pizza to post to your social media with a comment that says – this is the best delivery pizza in Ocean City. Amici's premises have as much character as their pizzas and are an up-to-date version of an antiquated Italian restaurant. While that may sound strange, the wood paneling and chalkboard signs really work well together to create a comfortable dining atmosphere. Add a great pizza or two to the equation like Amici's Paolo Bianca or Mista Salad and they add up to make one of the best pizzerias in the state, let alone Ocean City.
Stop by the Buona Vita Pizzeria on Baltimore Avenue and you'll instantly feel as if you've been transported to Italy. Buona Vita's super canopy-covered outdoor terrace is a nod to the pizzerias of Italy as is the green and white signage that illuminates it. Inside is home from home for any Italian or lover of Italy too, with plenty of bare bricks and dark wooden furnishings. The welcome is warm at Buona Vita and even though they serve you the best take-out pizza in Ocean City, you may not want to leave once you're inside. Don't worry if you decide to stay, they'll be more than happy to change your order to eat-in. Whether you stay or go, don't skip trying their Summer Feast pizza. It's an absolutely glorious eat.
York Beach is a coastal city in Delaware state that's just twelve miles north of Ocean City. It has a fantastic beach too but tends to be quieter than Ocean City tourist-wise, making it a great place to escape. If it's still too crowded for you, head inland to the Assawoman Wildlife Area where you can lose yourself on the miles of hiking trails running through the wetlands before going for a pizza at Armandi's Pizza By The Sea for a tranquil ending to the day.
Head away from the coast for a family day out in Salisbury. Salisbury is a half-hour’s drive inland from Ocean City and there's plenty to do there to keep the kids busy. Take them around Salisbury Zoological Park then cross the Wicomico River to give them a taste of the past in the Pemberton Historical Park. They'll forgive you for the history lesson if you go to De Pietro's NY Pizza on Milford Street for dinner.
Even the beach and the ocean can become boring if you see it every day. For a complete change of scene head south from Ocean City for around thirty miles until you get to Snow Hill. There's not much there of interest other than Four Seasons Pizza on Market Street, so pick up a pie and make for the woodlands of the Pocomoke State Forest and trek through the trees until you find a great spot for a picnic.
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