As a lover of Italian cuisine I am always on the lookout for the best Italian in town. Nestled in between the countless restaurants on Darby Street, it's easy to miss the little gem that is Deluca's. With its dim red lighting and candlelit tables Deluca's is a romantic and relaxing destination.
Not to mention the food. We started off with the cheesy garlic bread which was the perfect appetiser. Only for serious lovers of garlic; this bread was strong enough to ward off the entire cast of Twilight.
There was a bit of a wait for our meals but nothing too extreme. Just kick back with a bottle of red or an Italian beer (Deluca's is licensed and offers BYO wine) and enjoy the atmosphere and company. With music ranging from Johnny Cash to Stonefield playing softly in the background, the ambience is hip and laid back.
I kept my main simple with a no-fuss margherita pizza which was very tasty. If you like thick based pizza smothered in 20 different toppings than Deluca's is not for you. Their pizza is closer to authentic Italian cuisine, with a thin base, understated toppings and an emphasis on flavour. The best thing about going out for pizza is swapping slices around the table (by doing so I also got to sample the seafood pizza, which was spicy and delicious).
Although Deluca's is famous for its pizza there are definitely many other delicious options on the menu. I went to Deluca's with a party of seven and heard nothing but praise all around, from the "bloody beautiful" seafood risotto to the "unbelievable" pan fried gnocchi (part of their tempting specials menu). The meals were also very reasonably priced, with all mains under $25.
By the end of the meal we were all too full to try the luscious sounding dessert selection, however next time I go I'm definitely leaving room for the tiramisu.
Just a final tip: Although we went on a weekday night it still became quite busy and noisy as it is a smaller restaurant. I would suggest going to Deluca's with a small group of people so you're not shouting down the table. It is also essential to make a booking.