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Oct 24, 2012 11:18 AM

Maria's pizza and pasta in hockessin

Open for a few weeks in the same strip shops as Two Fat Guys, it's a small place but has a full menu of the usual Italian dishes. What's unusual is that it doesn't suck. Pasta is properly cooked, nicely sauced, and meats are tender and not overdone. Meatballs are clearly made on site and are fine. The slice of pizza that I had was better than the hockessin standard, Two Cousins. The people who run the place are capable, the waitstaff is efficient.

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  1. I thought the Hockessin standard was Pizza Pro? Hey the Dona Rosa place a few doors down from the new place has reaaly good tacos.

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    1. re: bluehensfan

      To me, Pizza Pro is a close second. It doesn't reheat as well as Two Cousins. Which is key.

      PIzza Pro does win the Hockessin Cheesesteak prize though.

      Good to know about Dona Rosa!

      1. re: sal_acid

        Pizza Pro has an awesome four cheese pizza, sweet potato fries, and eggplant fries, but I don't think any of them are on the menu. If you order that pizza and get it with sliced tomatoes, it is by far the best around.

    2. Thanks for the report--I noticed this place while flying by on 41 at 50 mph, but haven't been in yet. Kind of a shame that Andrea's is gone, although to be honest I didn't go in there much (which may be one reason that it's gone now!)

      Does Maria's deliver? We get our pizza from Two Cousins. Having grown up in NJ eating the gold standard of thin-crust pie, I will never be satisfied with any pizza in Delaware, but Two Cousins has been the best I've found in Hockessin (the bar is set low).

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      1. re: travelmad478

        50 mph is kind of slow on 41....
        They do deliver.

        Andrea's kind of irritated me. They were so slow with the deli. I get my deli and hoagies from The Well on the other side of town.

        Gotta try that Pizza Pro special.

        1. re: sal_acid

          Andrea's was so poorly run I am surprised they lasted so long. Whenever they were out of an item it was "try back next week." The best line that had prior to closing was (despite all of the clearance signs) that they were doing "inventory" and would try to get me an item after they were done with inventory (which was when they closed for good).

          The pizza special is great. The owner concocted it and it is really good. Once I even did it with proscuitto.

          1. re: sal_acid

            I only turn onto 41 from McGovern Rd. so I am still accelerating at the point when I pass that shopping center ;-)

            Andrea's was slow, and I just about had a heart attack when they charged me $7 for a loaf of bread once, but they did have some good stuff in there. You just had to approach it serendipitously rather than going in there with a specific goal!

            1. re: travelmad478

              A nice chicken saltimbocca. Not swimming in sauce...tender chicken. Only flaw was a couple pieces of burned garlic. I'd get it again.

        2. Do they have a liquor license? (Gotta have my vino!)

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            1. re: sal_acid

              BYO? Here, just north of the Mason-Dixon line from Hockessin, it's almost a given that if a place has no liquor license, BYO is perfectly okay.

              1. re: CindyJ

                I would think.
                Closed Mondays BTW.

                1. re: sal_acid

                  I finally made it to Maria's. Not a big fan of the pizza's crackery crust but the pasta special (a seafood variety with very fresh tasting mussels, clams, calamari, shrimp, and scallops) was excellent. The homemade desserts were even better including a delicious coconut cake with fresh pineapple and a dense, extremely rich chocolate cake with merlot. They also had excellent pizzelles. The service was friendly (the owner's daughter I think) and we look forward to returning!

          1. Finally got to this place tonight to try out the pizza. We had the Polpettini, which was advertised as "homemade mini meatballs with tomato sauce and mozzarella." Unfortunately, I was very underwhelmed. Maybe the pastas are good--I rarely order pasta when I go out--but the pizza was really pretty bad. The cheese was very sub-par, crust was not even close to thin, sauce was on the sweet side, and the mini-meatballs were nonexistent (slices of bad-quality sausage were used instead). Overall, particularly owing to the cheese, I was more reminded of the pizza in my high school cafeteria than a quality restaurant pie. It was not inedible, but it was disappointing.

            Back to Two Cousins for delivery pie, Argilla (a.k.a. Pietro's) for a good sit-down experience.

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            1. re: travelmad478

              Was the older guy cooking? Sounds like a completely different pizza than the one I have had.

              1. re: sal_acid

                The entire staff, counter and kitchen, appeared to be under 25 (and very friendly). But the problem was really with the ingredients, which were of poor quality. Maybe a more experienced pizza guy could have done the crust better, but I don't think anyone could have made a good pizza out of bad cheese, no meatballs, and not-great sauce.

                1. re: travelmad478

                  Huh. Gotta go back and check. Last pizza I had there wasn't like that. Upthread, Bluehen sounds like he/she had a different one too.

                  1. re: travelmad478

                    Yeah I wasn't a fan of the pizza. We ate two slices and left the rest. It was strange tasting for lack of a better word.

                    1. re: bluehensfan

                      We went back this weekend and had excellent lasagna and clams and scallops in a red sauce with really fresh seafood. Since we tried all of their really good homemade desserts (their pizzelles are the tops) in the past few weeks we had a good rum cake from Brooklyn.

              2. This weekend Maria's had a really good veal special with white wine sauce and lemon. And strangely enough, the cannolis at Maria's are better than at all of the Italian bakeries in Philly.