After taking over the Dagsboro-area business formerly known as Goodfella’s, Lovetti’s Pizza owner Brian Lovett knew that it might take some time to establish a reputation for his new venture. But he also knew that the best way to do that was simple: good food and good service. And that’s exactly what he set out to do.
“I take a lot of pride in my food,” said Lovett. “It’s like mom and dad are making the food.”
While he’s just recently set up shop near Dagsboro, Lovett has been in the restaurant industry throughout his life, getting his knowledge of Italian cuisine by training with chefs in Philadelphia, where he’s originally from. That knowledge includes all types of pizza, but Lovetti’s offers up much more.
“I do more than just pizza,” he said. “I make my own chicken wings, mozzarella sticks… I do everything from scratch. That’s the major difference here.”
Other menu favorites include a daily soup, homemade lasagna, fresh eggplant dishes, and even corned-beef Reubens and hot pastrami sandwiches. With the extensive menu, customers are starting to take notice.
“They’re so happy that I’m here now,” Lovett said. “I’m getting all sorts of positive feedback.”
Two of those happy customers are local pro skimboarders Tom and Dave Bracht, who frequent their new favorite restaurant despite having to deal with one of the more common dietary restrictions.
“Brian makes the best supreme pizza I’ve ever eaten,” said Tom Bracht. “His attention to detail when it comes to food is second to none. Dave loves Italian food, but he’s lactose intolerant, Brian is well aware of all the food allergies and takes good care of us every time we order.”
But the Bracht brothers aren’t the only patrons with special requests that Lovett caters to. No matter what the situation, he said, he’ll do his best to deliver.
“If someone has issues regarding certain products, then I try to cater to them,” he said. “We have a couple people that are strictly vegan that come in, so I’ll make them a vegetarian pizza.”
Lovett also offers up slices and pies of all the traditional pizza varieties, and once some different local seafood comes in season, he’ll be serving up a seafood special. But the marquee menu item has to be his stuffed gourmet pizza.
“I make these delicious stuffed gourmet pizzas that no one [else] makes,” Lovett said. “Two tiers, two single pizzas in between, Philly cheesesteak, caramelized onions, mushrooms, different things.”
Once summer rolls around, the seafood pizza won’t be the only new item on the menu, as he’ll continue his fresh, local trend by whipping up some new salads using the produce from a farm in Georgetown.
“I make a delicious strawberry salad during the summer,” he said. “When someone asks for a fresh tomato and basil pie, I go out and pick the basil right off the plant.”
It’s that kind of pride that Lovett puts into his work that makes the difference, he said.
“That’s what makes it different,” he said. “Fresh, local, homemade.”
Lovetti’s is located at 30506 Vines Creek Road, east of Dagsboro, and is open seven days a week. For more information, call the shop at (302) 927-0259, or check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Lovettis-Pizza-and-Subs.