New Grotto Pizza restaurant opens doors in Camden

CAMDEN — Grotto Pizza opened its 24th location in Camden on 110 East St., on Wednesday.

The regional, family-owned restaurant chain features a full menu that includes pizza, pasta, sandwiches, subs, appetizers, salads, beer, wine, cocktails and Grotto Gelato.

Grotto Pizza owner Dominick Pulieri said the newest location will cater to the growing population south of Dover.

“We are very excited to open a brand new location in Camden,” he said. “It is amazing to see how much this area has grown over the years. This Grotto Pizza location will be a great place to bring the family or watch a game in the sports bar.”

According to Vinnie DiNatale, Grotto’s director of marketing, the new 6,800-square foot restaurant and sports bar will feature all the same amenities found at their other locations in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

“The sports bar has several 84 inch TVs as well in the bar area,” he said. “They’re massive. It’ll be a good place to watch the game.”

Mr. DiNatale notes that around 70 new full- and part-time positions were created at the new Grotto Pizza — six of which are management positions.

The new location has about 200 seats and an outdoor patio. It also features over 20 high-definition TVs.

From groundbreaking to opening, the project took about a year to complete, said Mr. DiNatale. Though nothing is set in stone, the chain expects to continue growing. Mr. DiNatale said they’re currently in the process of “researching other areas of the region for new possible locations.”

The restaurant is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. For more information, visit grottopizza.com.

When Mr. Pulieri opened the first slice stand in 1960 in Rehoboth Beach with his sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jean and Joe Paglianite, he never imagined it becoming one of Delaware’s most iconic pizza chains.

“I was 17 years old,” Mr. Pulieri said in a 2015 interview. “I took it one day at a time. I never thought of how many Grotto Pizza locations could be possible. I never thought of having multiple Grotto Pizza locations.

Several years ago, the restaurant was indicted into the “Pizza Hall of Fame,” which celebrates some of America’s oldest and most beloved pizza restaurants.

Created by PMQ Pizza Magazine, a trade publication for the pizza industry, the Pizza Hall of Fame pays tribute to the rich cultural history of American pizza and honors the perennially popular U.S. pizzerias that’s been in business for 50 years or longer.

“It is an amazing recognition for us and very humbling to me,” Mr. Pulieri said at the time. “This honor is not just mine, but shared with many Grotto Pizza team members who have worked for Grotto Pizza over the past 55 years.”

 

Reach staff writer Ian Gronau at igronau@newszap.com

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