After years of uncertainty and sometimes doubt the new Milford Grotto Pizza opened up on Thursday, May 19. The new location which is open daily 11am to 1am is just off Route 1 on 102 Silicato Way across from the Milford Senior High School.
Dominick Pulieri, owner of Grotto Pizza, is excited to finally see the new restaurant open in Milford. “When we first started, there was a huge loyalty for Grotto Pizza in the community but people were beginning to think we were not going to do it,” stated Mr. Pulieri. “I always thought this location would be great.”
At the opening preview on Wednesday, May 18 State Representative Harvey Kenton, former State Representative George Carey and their wives Jeanne and Jeanette enjoyed one of the first pizzas made by the ovens. Representative Kenton said he is glad to see a new business opening and that he is hopeful it’s a sign the area’s economy is rebounding. Representative Kenton also said he’s proud of his cousin, Audrey Swain, a long-time Grotto Pizza employee, who is the manager of the chain’s newest venue.
Dave Kenton and mother Elaine T. Dickerson also got a chance to experience the new restaurant that night and try the familiar cuisine. “I have been waiting for 20 years to see this Grottos Pizza in Milford.” Said Mrs. Dickerson.
A full staff was on board serving patrons and introducing them to the new building and serving diners the familiar pizza they are accustomed to going to the beach to eat.
“We are excited about the store. We offer in-house dining, delivery or just a relaxing time watching the game at our new sports bar,” stated Audrey Swain, Manager of the Milford Grotto Pizza.
Grotto Pizza has been a Delaware tradition for decades and came from humble beginnings. Dominick Pulieri, along with his sister, Mary Jean Pagliante and her husband Joe, ventured to Delaware to open a pizza restaurant and created what is now known as Grotto Pizza. During this first summer, pizza slices sold for 20 cents each and a whole pizza was just $1.60. Grotto Pizza has now grown to 18 locations throughout the state of Delaware and to three locations in the Wilkes-Barre area of Pennsylvania.
The Milford Grotto Pizza can be found next to the Milford Senior High School at 102 Silicato Way and be reached by phone at 302-725-5111.