Nicholas Vouras is the owner of Nick’s Pizza and is this week’s #PeopleOfWilmDE. Read his story below.
“My family has been a part of Wilmington since my great-grandfather came over from Greece and opened up the Kozy Korner in 1922. I attended AI DuPont High School and graduated in 2018. I moved to California right after high school to attend California State, Northridge for Accounting. While out there I started doing research on pizza. I returned to Delaware after a year because I missed the people and the food back home. I worked at a pizza shop while attending UD. When COVID hit and virtual learning started, I was dissatisfied with the education I was receiving so I decided to go full force with the hopes of opening up a pizza shop by 27. I started making pizzas out of Kozy Korner in March 2021, and I haven’t looked back since.
Three fun facts about me are:
- I tried over 200 different pizzas across the United States in the span of 2 years when I was doing research on pizza
- My favorite place to vacation is San Diego
- Finished in 15th place in my 3rd grade spelling bee
My ideal night out in Wilmington starts out at Trolley Tap House and then I end the night with tequila shots, Miller High Life, and some 50/50 Chicken Fingers at Dead Presidents. My favorite attraction in Wilmington is The Queen. The venue is pretty awesome and the team there does an awesome job!
My proudest moment as a Wilmingtonian is getting all the support from locals or people who have traveled to try my pizza. It’s something I devoted 4 years to before making happen. It makes me proud of what I’ve accomplished and makes me glad I’m doing it in Wilmington.
I continue to choose Wilmington because I think the city has a lot to offer and it’s a good spot to be in. Being in Wilmington has helped tremendously. Just knowing the area and being familiar with people has helped a lot. I’ve known some of the people around town since I was like 10 years old and now at 23, they’ve seen me come up and they want to support me and I appreciate that a lot.
I’m really excited about the food scene in Wilmington, of course! Wilmington has probably always been seen as the little brother to Philly. Food-wise, we have a lot of amazing spots that are popping up and I think Wilmington can become a powerhouse in the food scene and I want to be a part of it. I would love to see some more great restaurants open up, along with some cool attractions that can draw more people to the city.
My advice to Wilmingtonians? Support local businesses!“