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2015 National Order Sons of Italy in America Humanitarian Award

Jenna Beard - Saturday, May 23, 2015
Congratulations to our friend, Al Grasso, for winning the 2015 National Order Sons of Italy in America Humanitarian Award. Al joins the ranks of other notable honorees including but not limited to Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno, Secretary Leon Panetta, Senator Christopher Dodd, Secretary Hillary Clinton, President Bill Clinton, and Vice President Joe Biden. We are extremely proud of Al, his achievements and to be able to call him our friend.

 


 

Each year since 1989, the Sons of Italy Foundation® has honored outstanding Italian American scholars, business leaders and humanitarians at a gala event in Washington, D.C. The National Education & Leadership Awards (NELA) Gala is the SIF's most important fund-raising and public affairs event and also highlights the foundation's commitment to educational excellence, leadership and the betterment of society. At the NELA Gala each year, 10 to 12 of the brightest and most talented scholars of Italian descent, chosen from a highly selective national competition, receive substantial awards ranging from $4,000 to $25,000 to accredited colleges and universities. The SIF also recognizes its annual award recipients, who are well-known Italian Americans with outstanding records in their professions and communities

Rehoboth Foodie's Review of Touch of Italy - Lewes

Jenna Beard - Thursday, May 07, 2015

Thank you to the wonderful Rehoboth Foodie for reviewing our Lewes location. See his review below:

 

In spite of the unbelievable popularity of the Touch of Italys on Coastal Highway in Rehoboth Beach and at 67th St. in Ocean City, the downtown Lewes location continues to pack ’em in. Case in point: I try to schedule my review visits in such a way that I can go a few times during the season and also the off-season, giving me a better idea of how places adjust their service between summer and winter. To that end, one of my visits to Touch of Italy in Lewes took place on a cool, early spring weeknight. In fact, I wondered if they would even be open. When I called, I was told, “We’ll keep the place open for you.” How nice. And I fell for it. Open? The place was packed! People were crowded around the door waiting for tables or to be served at the deli counter. In fact, I had to push them out of the way just to get inside. Was this Katz’s or Carnegie Deli in New York? Was this Zabar’s on the upper West Side where you have to fist fight your way to the acre-and-a-half of cheese? Indeed, it was a tiny place in Lewes — in the winter, yet. Owners Bob Ciprietti and Joe Curzi hit the jackpot there at the corner of Second and Savannah, directly across from the Buttery, Striper Bites and Jerry’s Seafood. It’s pretty much the chewing epicenter of the First Town in the First State. Gigantic cheeses and cured meats hang from the ceiling, and the cold cases are jammed with prepared salads, cut cheeses, Borgatti ravioli, fresh ricotta and mozzarella, sausage from Sal Biancardi’s (several varieties) and the entire gamut of Italian meats. Fresh loaves of bread are stacked like logs. Packaged goodies like Nutella (they sell the barrel-sized one!), dried pastas, dressings, panettones, spices and crackers fill every available space. The wood-fired oven cranks out puffy, charred pizzas and crunchy calzones stuffed with everything from sopressata (think pepperoni on steroids) to basil to spinach to black olives. And, of course, each contains their signature handmade mozzarella cheese. It’s like eating a cloud. Well, OK, a cloud with calories. But some things must be experienced. Leave your silly diet at home. Table service boils down to three categories: pizza/calzones, stuffed Italian sandwiches/antipasti, and entrees like Chicken Parm, pastas Alfredo or Bolognese and some specials like homemade brasciole or marinated hangar steak on garlicky wilted greens (it was delicious!). The subs (they call them “Heros”) were packed with the requisite fillings. Can’t eat bread? How sad. Get the antipasto. It’s delicious and jam packed with Italian goodies. Don’t miss the prosciutto-wrapped Bocconcini appetizer. Though it was advertised as a special, we were assured that it’s permanently on the menu. And lo and behold, it is — both in Lewes and in Rehoboth at the Highway location. Three snow-white orbs of marinated mozzarella (aka bocconcini) are wrapped in deeply savory and hauntingly sweet prosciutto. It’s pan-seared in rosemary and olive oil just long enough to crisp up the ham (this is what bacon will be like in Heaven). Trust your Foodie on this one. Order it.

 

 

 

A friendly business lunch yielded another hit. My lovely companion (a former mucky-muck at Southern DE Tourism and all-around cutiepie) ordered the #1 sandwich dubbed the Blanco E’Rosso. TOI’s homemade mozzarella was paired with tomatoes, basil and olive oil to make what is basically a caprese salad on a roll. My sandwich, the Don Orazio (#2, and named after the affable Bronx mozzarella maven at Casa Della Mozzarella), was a disappointment [pictured, below left]. Though the bread (simply delicious with a perfect texture) held up its end of the bargain, the hot capicola ham did not. I always make sure my meats at TOI are cut thin-as-air. Italian meats are fatty, and the thinner they are they more palatable they are. But these particular slices of capicola were just waaayy too fatty. I ended up picking most of it out of the sandwich, leaving it quivering on the plate. The accompanying bread and Mikey’s cloud-like mozzarella were the only saving graces for my lunch yesterday. It made me sad, as I love the place. What to do? Well, come back and try again, of course! I tried the Don Orazio again. It was perfectly delicious. The snafu in the previous paragraph was apparently a one-time-deal. So all is well. (In at least 12 visits so far, the previous issue was the first and only snafu. So the ratings remain the same (for now). One of my favorite subs (oops…Heros) is the Rocky Marciano (spicy sopressata, sliced deli-thin and layered on an impossibly fresh Italian roll along with a bracingly sharp hard provolone and roasted sweet peppers). I add hot peppers. Wimps, don’t fret: They’re not all that hot, but they really add a lot of flavor. On our most recent visit, my favorite Foodie-Cutie (undisputed queen of the hot buttered rums) and that guy she lives with ordered The Dante (grilled eggplant with a grilled melange of peppers, olives, mushrooms and artichokes). A milder, softer provolone tops it off. Another must-get is the Chicken Parm Hero. I was surprised to find creamy Muenster melted overtop of the chicken. (One of the secrets of my own near-perfect chicken parm. I guess it’s not a secret anymore….) Of course, their milky mozzarella is included. Like it more spicy? Get the Don Orazio (hot Capicola plus all the usual goodies). Relive the Atlantic City boardwalk (loved it in the ’70s. < >) with a Sausage, Peppers and Onion Hero. Or channel Mulberry Street in New York by digging into the Italian Combo (mortadella, mild parma cotta ham, Genoa salami (soft, cured like a sausage) and a mild provolone. Mangia! The wood-fired oven stays busy with pizzas, calzones and the like. Of course, I have to be difficult and make up my own toppings, so on our last visit we ordered the Alla Sopressata (mushrooms and that delightful sopressata) and added Italian sausage. It was quite good.

 

 

 

The pizzas come with all sorts of toppings, including the Parma Cotta ham, broccoli rabe, prosciutto, artichokes — you name it. I have to tell you that the meat/cheese toppings are the star of the pizza show here at Touch of Italy. The tomato sauce is OK, but the piled-high toppings are what make it great. In light of that, one of the sleepers in the pizza dept. is the Al Bianco (white pizza). You can add anchovies for a couple of bucks, but the absence of sauce is no great loss. Fully experience the marriage of three cheeses and that crackly, charred crust. Interestingly, the combination of ricotta, mozzarella, grated cheese and olive oil reminded me of the Sun-Ni Armenian String Cheese upon which I noshed long before I was a fully formed Foodie (black Nigella seeds, an aromatic spice popular in Indian cuisine; a hint of vinegar, and mahleb (a Middle-Eastern spice made of ground black cherry pits, with a taste reminiscent of almond and cherry). The Bianco will surprise you. Go ahead, add the anchovies! Life is short. The Touch of Italy empire grew out of the delightful little salumeria/pasticceria on Baltimore Ave. in Rehoboth Beach. They quickly outgrew that space, and are keeping an eye out for a larger space with actual seating in downtown Rehoboth. During the summer of 2014, Touch of Italy expanded into its fifth location in the big Holiday Inn at 67th and the ocean in Ocean City, Md. The place is always crowded. No surprise. The Lewes Touch of Italy is hard to miss at 101 Second St. at the corner with Savannah. Call them (302) 827-2730 to check their off-season hours, and be ready for a bit of a wait. See the menu by clicking here. The place is lively, noisy and even has a small bar. They have a full liquor license, so enjoy a glass of wine or your favorite cocktail while you strike up a conversation with neighboring tables or delightful waiter Matty. It’s easy to do–they’re all within earshot. (L., D., Bar) Price range: Moderate.

Ocean City Grand Opening

Jenna Beard - Thursday, March 19, 2015
Touch of Italy is proud to bring the Italian tradition to coastal Maryland, and pay tribute to our ancestors, who imparted to us a love of food and family. The first Touch of Italy Restaurant opened in the fall of 2010 in Lewes, Delaware, and another in Rehoboth Beach. We now proudly opened the third restaurant location in Ocean City in the Holiday Inn at 67th Street Oceanside.

 

On March 13, 2015, Touch of Italy held a grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration. Members of the community came to the store, sampled delicious foods and met our warm and welcoming staff. We are thankful for such a generous welcome to the Ocean City community and look forward to giving back. Spokesman Larry Pack stated at the ceremony, “We hope to enhance the experience of visitors coming to Ocean City and give them the ethnic experience that we bring to the Eastern Shore.”

 



Our new location offers the same high quality and authentic items our customers have come to expect and enjoy, like handmade mozzarella cheese (made in the store), pasta, delicious Italian entrees, pizza, cookies and crispy Italian bread. In each Touch of Italy Trattoria (restaurant), you will also find a true Italian Salumeria (delicatessen) where you can purchase heros and Italian meats by the pound. You will also find imported olives, a large assortment of imported cheeses, freshly made tomato sauce, raviolis and fine Italian sausage. And just like any Italian village in Italy, each restaurant has a Pasticceria (pastry shop) where you can buy freshly baked Italian breads, cookies, cannolis and other Italian pastries that we bake in the Touch of Italy Bakery Shop in Lewes every day.

 

 

The Touch of Italy team is excited about our future in Ocean City and we hope to see all of you there. For more information, view the menu or to make a reservation, click here.

 

 

HELP US WIN!

Mark Dean - Friday, March 06, 2015

 

Touch of Italy is nominated for Best New Restaurant in Maryland, and we need your votes to win! (Voting ends on March 10)
1 - Click the link below to begin
2 - In section one, click "no" then hit next page
3 - Select Touch of Italy for Favorite New Restaurant then hit next page
4 - In section 4, enter your name then hit submit (you don't need to fill in your email)
Thank you so much for your time. We look forward to many more delicious years in Maryland!

Welcome To the Touch of Italy Blog

Mark Dean - Monday, March 02, 2015

This blog will serve as a way for us to communicate with our customers and dive into specific topics like how our bread is made, where our olive oil comes from and more behind-the-scenes details into what makes Touch of Italy a unique and authentic dining experience. We hope to educate, entertain and interact with you. Touch of Italy was born out of two Italian family traditions that trace back to the late 1800’s. These two families trace their roots to the beautiful Marche and Abruzzo regions in Central Italy, where one can find rich cultural traditions and recipes passed down from generation to generation. Touch of Italy first opened in the fall of 2010 in Lewes, Delaware and proudly runs five locations in Ocean City, Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, serving fresh items like handmade mozzarella cheese, pasta, pizza, cookies and crispy bread, as well as high quality imported items from Italy. Touch of Italy is proud to bring the Italian tradition to costal Delaware and Maryland, and pay tribute to our ancestors, who imparted to us a love of food and family.

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