Salvatore DiLisi and his family immigrated from Carini, Italy in 1978, and they founded DiLisi Ristorante soon after. A few years later, his parents returned home, and Salvatore took over. The next 35 years saw some changes. Sal expanded his family to include his wife Nancy and their children Giacomo and Valeria. He made the eatery's name synonymous with family-style servings of seafood, pasta, and pizza. And he opened up a second location, connected to the original by a 10-mile-long zip line of spaghetti. Today, in DiLisi's two kitchens, chefs draw upon the culinary traditions of northern Italy and the Mediterranean, kneading dough by hand and combining meat and seafood in unexpected ways.
Housed inside a building originally erected as a log cabin in 1720, Barnsboro Inn has continually operated as a licensed tavern since 1776, pausing only during the prohibition era. These days, chef's' menu of elegant, fresh American cuisine complements the eatery's lengthy cache of craft beers, international wines, and meticulously preserved napkin rings. Upscale steaks and seafood entrees such as flat iron steak served with button mushrooms and chicken piccata with crab assuage hunger; burgers and sandwiches flaunt such accouterments as turkey breast or corned beef reuben.
Patrons make merry amid two bars and three dining rooms sprawled across Barnsboro Inn's historic digs. Inside, full-wall murals depict idyllic countryside scenes of horse-drawn carriages and straw-covered hovercrafts. When weather warms, staff members also dispense Boddingtons and Flying Fish ales on an outdoor patio, where an additional bar abuts numerous umbrella-covered tables.
Barcelona Bistro's Spanish- and Mediterranean-influenced seafood and tapas earned the elegant bistro-style restaurant a Golden Fork award from South Jersey Magazine in 2012. The restaurant lives up to its accolades with a menu built around the varied tastes, textures, and astrological signs of shareable tapas plates, which include spicy bites of chorizo frito or cool forkfuls of clam in cilantro sauce. Tortilla española earns its stripes as a Spanish classic by showcasing fried potatoes and olive oil in a fluffy egg embrace, and entrees of grilled salmon, pan-seared trout, and bright jumbo shrimp exhibit the coastal influences so integral to Iberian cuisine. The BYOB restaurant's crisp, white tablecloths and dark wood seats create a sophisticated atmosphere to impress first dates, and outdoor seating on the brick patio creates a breezy atmosphere to test the tenacity of trick candles.
Ocean Asian Cuisine unites diverse, yet delicious Asian culinary styles under one roof, from savory sautéed lo mein noodles to spicy thai curries or delicate morsels of nigiri. Like a wizard-powered tablet computer, the restaurant's surroundings blend old-fashioned influences and futuristic design, with leafy bamboo plants and stone walls complementing angular, geometric furnishings and colorful neon-light accents. Guests bite into juicy teriyaki steaks and crispy vegetable tempura, or sample the rich flavor of salmon tartare.
The rigorous standards at New Dodge's Market require that as many local, organic, and pesticide- and chemical-free products stock the historic grocery store’s shelves as possible. Farm-to-table veggies please both local agriculturists and local bellies, and an onsite kitchen stacks baguettes and paninis with Italian-style pork, bacon, brie, and pickle-flavored Jenga blocks. While scents from the market’s coffee bar tickle nostrils, peepers peruse giftables including treat baskets packed with jams and fresh flower bouquets—available for same-day hand delivery. Special events ranging from author readings to performances by local musicians liven things up inside the Victorian-style building, which has stood as a fresh grocer market since the invention of groceries, markets, and the concept of "freshness" in 1886.
Hot dogs might be a ballpark tradition, but Lucy?s Custard supplies the next best thing: hot dogs and a 45-inch outdoor TV that's always tuned to the latest Phillies game. Grill masters here customize franks with fixings ranging from jalapenos and salsa to bacon and provolone cheese. But while hot dogs and other warm treats are a huge draw at Lucy?s, they?re still supporting acts to the shop's main star: custard. Each day, 24 soft-serve flavors such as peanut butter, black cherry, and cheesecake compete for attention and also go well with toppings such as Fruity Pebbles or Trix. Lucy?s also sports 15 water ice flavors and 13 hand-dipped ice creams, making it easy to keep your mouth temperature below freezing all day long if you so choose.