Once you’ve worn out your feet walking up and down the historic streets of Downtown Mobile, it’s about time for a bite to eat. But how can one possibly choose with so many amazing options? It was hard for me to pick one restaurant amongst the dozens that hold their own unique appeal in one way or another. In the end, I had to follow my hungry gut.
Pizzeria Delphine was a little hard to find at first. There’s no big sign announcing its presence on Dauphine Street, and it’s easy to pass by with all the other eye-catching features around it. It’s tucked away snuggly between The Haunted Bookstore and Mostly Muffins, not far from the corner of Dauphine and Royal Street. Once you’re inside, you’ll be glad you picked this place.
The interior is not massive, but packed with character from the crystal chandelier to the party string lights to the checkered tablecloths to the smooth, relaxing ambiance music. You’ll think that you’ve stepped right into a little café in the heart of Italy. And unlike some places, the food does NOT ruin that illusion. They offer familiar Italian favorites as well as traditional dishes like carbonara, alfredo, puttanesca, bolognese, frutti di mare, clam sauce, and pomodoro. And of course, hearth baked pizzas, calzones, and Stromboli. Appetizers, or “Antipasti” like bruschetta, caprese, and polepetto (meatballs), will help you slip into a Mediterranean dream that comes with the entre.
I was blown away by the hearty portion sizes compared to the price. I decided to go for a simple dish, spaghetti with meatballs, and was glad that I asked what the difference was between small and large. According to my waiter – who was so patient and polite – a full grown man would have trouble eating a large portion. It’d be a “Lady and the Tramp” scenario if you wanted to share it with your dining partner. But glancing around, I realized it wasn’t just the pasta dishes that were gigantic. I caught a glimpse of a bruschetta plate before it was delivered and that thing would have covered half of my little table! And again, for the price you pay, it’s impressive.
The spaghetti was packed with the familiar bold seasonings of Italian cooking and the meatballs could fit in my palm. The noodles were just the right firmness and the garlic bread was addictive. I’m only sad they included one piece instead of five! (you can get garlic bread as an appetizer, FYI). A small portion filled me up very well and I caught myself sweeping the bowl with my breadstick to get all the delicious sauce I could. While I let my happy tummy settle, I sat back, read my Battle of the Wilderness book and watched the world go by outside the front window.
Overall, it was a fantastic experience. Anyone looking for a nice, quiet place for lunch or dinner while downtown, they need to stop into Pizzeria Delphine.
For a full menu before you walk in:
Tues – Thurs, 11am – 9pm
Fri, 11am – 10pm
Sat, 4pm – 10pm
Sun, 4pm – 9pm
107 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 36602