Bardea’s name captures the vision that co-owners Scott Stein and Antimo DiMeo had since conceptualizing the restaurant over 5 years ago. The result: an innovative Italian restaurant that captures the energy of downtown Wilmington and brings the community together through food and drink. Chef Antimo DiMeo utilizes ingredients from local Delaware Valley farms and purveyors, and offers a diverse selection of inventive dishes that celebrate Italian cuisine through reimagined interpretations.
Bardea is open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight. The restaurant serves lunch every day until 2:30 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.
While Bardea showcases a number of classic Italian dishes, they are anything but “old school, red gravy Italian classics.” Stein and DiMeo are remastering classic Italian dishes by putting their own spin on each menu item and using the highest quality ingredients to create what they call “interpretive Italian.” The menu at Bardea features various breads and other grain products from Lost Bread Co. in Philadelphia, as well as locally-sourced produce from the Delaware ValleyView Menus
Our Beverage Program
Bardea’s beverage program features seasonally-inspired cocktails, a diverse list of Italian wines and a rotating selection of regional craft beers. Created with the culinary menu in mind, the wine and cocktail menus feature a diverse mix of offerings that complement each dish and celebrate seasonality. The approachable wine list highlights wines produced from Italian grape varietals, while the cocktail list offers modern interpretations of classic Italian libations.
Owner Scott Stein grew up in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania. His restaurant career began in Philadelphia, where he owned and operated restaurants including American bar and lounge, Red Sky and Asian Fusion restaurant Pearl. Before making the move to Wilmington, Stein joined forces with DiMeo and opened Arde Osteria, a rustic Italian neighborhood restaurant located in Wayne, PA, specializing in wood fired meats, fish, vegetables and signature pizzas. After a successful run in Pennsylvania, the two set their sights on the up-and-coming downtown Wilmington, where they opened Bardea in September of 2018.
Executive Chef and Co-Owner Antimo DiMeo was born and raised in Southern Italy, where food and cooking were a way of life. His early exposure to the Italian culinary culture led him to pursue a career in the restaurant industry, working under two-time Michelin Star winning chef Gennaro Esposito of La Torre Del Saracino on the Amalfi Coast. DiMeo later moved to Philadelphia, where he continued to hone his craft and define his culinary identity. DiMeo teamed up with Stein at Arde Osteria, where talks of opening a restaurant in downtown Wilmington first began. Five years later, Bardea was born.