As a slight bit of history we are presenting this photo of a “City of Rehoboth Beach” plaque and photo. The plaque is transcribed below the picture, which is being presented in an “ol’ timey” format.
CITY OF REHOBOTH BEACH
On January 27, 1873, the “Rehoboth Beach Camp Meeting Association of the Methodist Church” was incorporated by the Delaware legislature for the purpose of establishing “a permanent camp meeting ground and Christian sea-side resort.” With the coming of the railroad in 1878, the growth of the community was accelerated. On March 19, 1891, as act was passed incorporating the municipality as Cape Henlopen City. The name was formally changed to Rehoboth in 1893. Since its founding the City of Rehoboth Beach has continued to be one of the most popular resorts on the Atlantcic Coast, attracting thousands of visitors each year.
The last time we visited Mancini’s (August, 2012) we had a party of six – and can call it a “party” because we were celebrating two birthdays (all week). One of the birthday girls sent the following email describing our dinner and why she likes dining at Mancini’s while visiting at the beach.
“Mancini’s Italian Restaurant and Brick Oven Pizzeria on Fenwick Island is that rare combination of old world charm, attentive service, and excellent cuisine, which makes it a true gem in this mid-Atlantic resort area. Our party sampled a variety of its offerings, and all were excellent. We began our journey with a number of appetizers, to include the roasted garlic bulb; bruschetta covered with either marinated tomatoes and flaked crabmeat, sun-dried tomato pesto and roasted pepper, or marinated tomatoes with mozzarella; and heirloom tomatoes topped with mozzarella. All were wonderful.
Then we each selected a different entree: brick oven pizza; Linguini Con Scampi; Capellini Ai Frutti Di Mare; Capellini Con Pollo and Carciofi; and (Wayne’s pasta, not sure what it was*). Each was excellent. Salad and fresh baked bread were included with the meals, and the house wines were quite good. A wonderful meal in a delightful location.”
This writer agrees with the birthday girl’s observations and have always enjoyed dining at Mancini’s. We love the Italian Restaurant part of the name and really enjoy the Brick Oven Pizza part – and we seem to enjoy them in that order, hence we take liberty with their name. The actual name, as it appears on their website and on their sign, is Mancini’s Brick Oven Pizzeria & Restaurant.
“Harry’s got first tomato!” This pronouncement will be repeated all over the Shore in the days to come – every roadside stand and farmers’ market throughout Delmarva will be proudly displaying first tomatoes, cukes, green beans, strawberries and of course the famed, Eastern Shore grown lope (cantaloupe)!
The Delmarva Peninsula is ideally suited to providing abundant summertime treats; sandy soil, long days of sunshine and the early season, warming influence of the nearby ocean create the perfect combination to GROW! Miles of fertile fields extending from the Chesapeake Bay to the Atlantic Ocean, from Wilmington Delaware to Norfolk Virginia demonstrate the rich agricultural heritage of this land. Visitors from the west, north and south heading to the beach passes miles of endless green fields – the vista broken only by small villages and towns along the way.
“Corn’s up” is another familiar phrase. From the first peek of two green leaves until the stalks stand tall, the shore’s corn culture is carefully watched. When the tassels turn dark and the ear feels full – it’s time to put the pot to boil! Simply prepared there is nothing finer!
By now you’re probably asking where to get some of this fine Eastern Shore produce…? No problem. Below is a list of local markets with days and hours near to the Sussex County area. Pick a town – find a market! And, if you’re a visitor, remember to pick up some fresh/local for the folks back home. It will be much appreciated.
On the bay side of Coastal Highway/Route 1 in Fenwick Island is a small “village” of shops called [appropriately] the Village of Fenwick. Some may call this place quaint but it is convenient for beach-goers and visitors to the Southern Delaware area. It is comprised of of small, local businesses – no big “chains” are represented here – so what you find will be unique. More to come, but for now – here’s an introductory picture.