Pizzelli’s brings a taste of Little Italy to Selbyville

Since the start of the summer, Pizzelli’s has been providing the Selbyville area with savory Italian dishes and desserts alike. While one step inside the restaurant brings Central European atmosphere to Sussex County, it’s the friendly service and culinary authenticity that husband and wife duo Maria Kotsifis and Gus Halkias said will keep customers coming back for more.

Coastal Point • Ryan Saxton: Pizzelli’s in Selbyville offers homemade Italian foods and desserts at an affordable price.Coastal Point • Ryan Saxton
Pizzelli’s in Selbyville offers homemade Italian foods and desserts at an affordable price.

“We’re an Italian restaurant that has everything,” said Kotsifis. “Pizza, pasta, wings, seafood – we have it all.”

From traditional burgers and subs to Italian specialties, such as veal, eggplant or chicken parmigiana, baked manicotti, or Mama’s Baked Lasagna, Pizzelli’s Sicilian tastes are present throughout the menu.

A large selection of calzones, strombolis and pizzas give customers more options, while sautéed dishes, such as fettuccini alfredo, chicken marsala or linguini in clam sauce, help to offer a wide variety of choices to hungry patrons. Diners can enjoy a cold beer or a glass of wine with their meal, as well.

“What makes us so unique,” noted Kotsifis, “is that everything here is homemade – our house dressings, our sauces – everything. The cheeses that we use are cut each day. The pizza dough is made fresh every morning. If there’s any left over by the end of the day, we get rid of it and start fresh the next day. Our red sauce is a recipe we used in New York City.”

Some 15 years ago, the couple paired their Greek heritage with the flavors of the Big Apple’s Little Italy when they started Niko’s Restaurant in Dover. With that venture now run by Kotsifis’ parents, she and her husband are aiming to bring genuine Italian ambience to southeastern Sussex County.

“We’ve already received a really good response from a lot of the locals,” said Kotsifis. “They keep coming back for the food. They love the quality, and they are amazed by the huge portions. And all of our meals are affordable. Our lunch specials start at $4.50, and daily dinner specials begin at $7.50. There are weekly and weekend specials.”

Set back just off Route 113, Pizzelli’s has seen patrons from all around the area.

“We’re still looking for more local support,” she added. “There are areas around Selbyville that people come from, too. A lot of our customers drive up from Ocean Pines. We’re trying to bring great quality food and service to this area.”

One such customer is Jack Natoli, an Ocean Pines, Md., resident who has made it a habit to stop into Pizzelli’s.

“The food here is incredible,” he said. “The portions are huge, and the service is great. One of the best things about this place, though, is their desserts.”

New York-style cheesecake, tiramisu, baklava and mille-feuilles – a flaky French-based pastry also known as the Napoleon – are just some of the varieties that can satisfy a customer’s sweet tooth at Pizzelli’s.

“Our desserts are the perfect end to your meal,” said Kotsifis. “The cheesecake tastes like it’s right from New York. People who try it say they’ve never had better.”

The murals on the walls give diners an encompassing Mediterranean backdrop, while Kotsifis attests to the service that Pizzelli’s employees provide. But, for those on the go, carry-out is also available.

“We just want people to come in and try us one time,” she added. “Growing up in New York, we know what we’re good at, and that’s what we’re trying to bring here. We have a natural and relaxed atmosphere, but it also feels like you’re escaping to a land far, far away. People really seem to enjoy us.”

To check out Pizzelli’s menu, visit their Web site at www.pizzellis.com. For more information about the restaurant, located in the Strawberry Center across from Food Lion on Route 113 in Selbyville, call (302) 436-5003.