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Bardea Beckoning

After a five-year mission to bring their innovative restaurant concept to life in downtown Wilmington, DE, Scott Stein and Chef Antimo DiMeo have finally opened Bardea, a restaurant which features interpretive Italian cuisine in the heart of the city's revitalized downtown area. The 5,000 square foot,120-seat dining room utilizes ingredients from local Delaware Valley farms and purveyors, and features a number of composed dishes with both Italian and American origins. Bardea, pronounced bar-DAY-ah, is the Italian term for "the goddess of food and drink."

Bardea is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. The restaurant will serve lunch every day until 3 p.m., with weeknight happy hour and dinner beginning at 4 p.m. Between lunch and dinner service, Bardea will serve a mid-day snack menu featuring raw bar and pizza selections.

The Menu

Stein and Chef DiMeo say that while their new restaurant showcases a number of classic Italian dishes, they are anything but “old school, red gravy Italian classics.” The pair are calling the menu "interpretive Italian," saying they are remastering classic Italian dishes with the highest quality locally-sourced products, but with their own innovative spin on each menu item. Bardea utilizes various breads and other grain products from Lost Bread Co., a popular Philadelphia bakery, in house.

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"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, who worked under Chef Gennaro Esposito at La Torre Del Saracino — a two-time Michelin Star winning restaurant located on the Amalfi Coast, just south of Naples. "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 purvey a much different type of Italian dining experience with our inspired interpretations of classic Italian dishes.”

Our Beverage Program

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. Every wine in the restaurant has Italian heritage — though not all of them are from Italy. Some are crafted from Italian grape varieties grown around the world, and Freedman helped to create a cocktail list of remastered classics, including 10 popular cocktails which will be presented with the restaurant's own spin on each. Bardea also features a rotating selection of regional craft beers, as well as innovative drinks specifically conceived to pair perfectly with any number of dishes on the menu. 

"When Scott and Antimo brought me in and explained their vision for Bardea, I knew immediately how we could create a beverage program that's exciting, original and interesting, but that is written with the menu in mind. Searching for wines produced from Italian grape varieties, even if they're not all from Italy itself, was challenging, but in the end, I think we've come up with a thoroughly unique and really approachable wine program," said Freedman. "As for the specialty cocktails, we wanted to make sure that the same level of care and attention went into them as will be going into every dish on the dinner menu. By using fresh fruits, carefully chosen spirits and infusion techniques, we've been able to craft a collection of drinks that are every bit as delicious on their own as they are paired with Bardea's cuisine."

The Team

Stein, who grew up in Lafayette Hill, created and operated Philadelphia restaurants Red Sky and Pearl, and most recently built and sold Ardé Osteria with DiMeo. “The decision to open a restaurant in Wilmington came after witnessing 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." DiMeo, who worked under Chef Gennaro Esposito at La Torre Del Saracino — a two-time Michelin Star winning restaurant located on the Amalfi Coast, just south of Naples, mans the kitchen as Bardea's Executive Chef.

Stein, who grew up in Lafayette Hill, created and operated Philadelphia restaurants Red Sky and Pearl, and most recently built and sold Ardé Osteria with DiMeo. “The decision to open a restaurant in Wilmington came after witnessing 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."