Now that we’re officially into Summer, I am grateful and happy to incorporate pizzerias near the Maryland and Delaware beaches.
For part of the Memorial Day weekend, I took a drive to the famous (or infamous depending on how you look at it) town of Dewey Beach. It’s known for it’s bars, clubs, and other various social activities. So how is their pizza?
Well for my first visit, the results are not good.
One of the most visually noticeable establishments in the resort town is Grotto Pizza. So this is where our inaugural Summer themed posts will commence.
I’ve been here several times before, so I knew what I was getting myself into. I was preparing for the worst, as previous visits have made me wonder why I keep coming back. Well it’s because it’s convenient and it’s right there. And the outside decor and entrance is very welcoming and approachable.
I wish I could say the same about the clientele. I know it was Memorial Day Weekend. So it was going to be busier than usual and the staff might be overwhelmed. When I walked in there was a decent line of a half dozen people, so I didn’t expect to wait too long. It was about the wait I expected.
If it meant the pizza would taste better, I’d be happy to wait longer. But not on this day.
I ordered a cheese and pepperoni slice each and both felt soulless. I know Grotto has been known to add a lot of sauce on their pies, which is ok. It’s a little sweeter than sauce I’m used to. It just didn’t come together. I do like that there was a decent amount of pepperoni thrown on that particular slice. It just didn’t taste like a good piece of pepperoni. I picked a couple off and ate them on my own and it didn’t taste fresh. The crust and dough felt soggy, boring, and gross.
Unfortunately, I barely finished a third of either of my slices. They were that bad. And I don’t like wasting food. But I didn’t feel good eating this pizza. I paid nearly $8.00 total for both slices. I don’t see any justification for charging that amount.
When I was a kid I would eat at the many various locations near our great beaches. And I seemed to recall, it tasted much better back then. Or maybe I’ve grown up and my tastes have expanded.
I didn’t go into this looking to trash this establishment or other pizza places on the Eastern Shore. I went into this with an open mind knowing the time of year, the patrons, and the business of the weekend. Nor was I expecting high end, brick oven, or artisanal pizza. What I do expect is that the pizza tastes good. That’s not asking much. And this didn’t even come close.
We all a whole Summer ahead of us. And more beach pizza recaps will be coming.
I hope you all had a great holiday and enjoy your weekend!