Grotto PizzaOur History
Dominick Pulieri was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to Italian-immigrant parents. After high school, Dominick enrolled at Kings College in Wilkes-Barre and graduated as a pre-med major with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 1964. In addition to founding Grotto Pizza, Dominick taught biology, general science and chemistry in the Smyrna Special School District from 1965 to 1970.
From an early age, Dominick was making pizzas with his brother-in-law, Joseph Pagliaite’s pizza restaurant in Harvey’s Lake, Pennsylvania. It was at Joe’s Pizza that Dominick’s passion for pizza was ignited.
In the years that followed, Grotto Pizza continued to grow and prosper. In 1963, Grotto Pizza opened a second location on the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach. In 1967, the original Rehoboth Avenue take-out stand moved to its present location in the “Arcade Building.”
Still a pizza-only enterprise, Grotto Pizza continued as a seasonal business from May through October. Customers would take pizzas home at the end of each summer and freeze them in order to have the taste of Grotto Pizza through the winter. In 1974, Dominick opened Grotto Pizza as a year-round restaurant to meet the demands of his guests.
Where We Are Today
From these humble beginnings, Grotto Pizza has grown to multiple locations throughout the states of Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Although Grotto Pizza has expanded beyond the small take-out stand, the company continues to adhere to its core values of excellent pizza, food, friendly guest service and community service.