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Mayor Purzycki Welcomes Bardea Food & Drink to the Downtown Business District’s Restaurant Scene

Post Date:09/14/2018 1:30 PM

Wilmington’s newest eatery will open Monday and offer ‘interpretive Italian’ fare

Mayor Mike Purzycki today joined owner Scott Stein and Chef Antimo DiMeo to celebrate Monday’s planned opening of Wilmington’s newest Italian restaurant, Bardea Food & Drink, in the Downtown Business District.  Today’s ribbon-cutting, in advance of Monday’s opening, took place at the 5,000-square-foot, 120-seat restaurant located in a refurbished historic building at Seventh and Market streets.

“Our downtown district continues to grow and thrive,” said Mayor Purzycki, “and this latest addition is another example of the many good things that are happening all around our City. In just the past six months or so we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming Stitch House Brewery, Farmer & the Cow, and Margaux to Market Street, and Bardea will be an exemplary complement to the many fine dining options available to those who enjoy Wilmington as a city to live, work, visit and have fun.”

“The decision to open a restaurant in Wilmington followed Wilmington's recent downtown resurgence, which has seen the area become much more of a dining destination than it was just a few years ago,” said Stein. "We had the lease five years ago, and we've been waiting to open this concept until the market was ready for us."

Bardea – pronounced: bar-DAY-ah, which is the Italian term for 'the goddess of food and drink’ – features a rectangular bar with 20 stools and outdoor seating, as well as a full dining room. The restaurant will utilize ingredients from local Delaware Valley farms and purveyors, and will offer a number of composed dishes with both Italian and American origins.

Stein and Chef DiMeo say that while their new restaurant will showcase a number of classic Italian dishes, they will be anything but “old school, red gravy Italian classics.” The pair refer to the menu as "interpretive Italian," to indicate they are remastering classic Italian dishes with the highest quality locally-sourced products, but with their own innovative spin on each menu item.

"I'm from Southern Italy, where fish and seafood play a vital role in our cuisine, and our menu embraces ingredients and preparations from Italy’s coastline as well as other regions," said Chef DiMeo. "Scott and I always try to set ourselves apart from everyone else, and while the perception of Italian food may generally be pasta with red sauce, we are going to purvey a much different type of Italian dining experience with our inspired interpretations of classic Italian dishes.”

For the restaurant's beverage program, Stein and DiMeo tapped national spirits, wine, food and travel journalist Brian Freedman, who focused on consistency, taste and presentation when assembling the seasonally-changing beverage selections.

Bardea Food & Drink will be open Monday through Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. The restaurant will serve lunch every day until 3 p.m., with weeknight happy hour and dinner beginning at 5 p.m. Between lunch and dinner service, Bardea will serve a mid-day snack menu featuring raw bar and pizza selections.

Proceeds from the opening day's sales on Monday will benefit Wilmington's Department of Parks and Recreation.

Learn more about Bardea Food & Drink by visiting


News and information from the Office of Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki 

John Rago
Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Communications
Mobile: (302) 420-7928

Paul Ford Jr. 
Communications Specialist
Mobile: (302) 530-2171

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