The reason you’ll be seeing a lot more of this Dayton food truck

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Bella Sorella adds 2nd unit, celebrates 5 years

The sisters who founded of one of Dayton’s most traveled food trucks are celebrating their fifth year in business this year — and they’ve added a second unit to accommodate demand. 

Bella Sorella Pizza Co. is the brainchild of two sisters: Elizabeth Corrado Weizman, who started using her first brick oven more than a decade ago in her backyard; and Gail Corrado Okafor, who spent 12 years in the Bay Area in California, where she trained to become a professional chef, before returning to the Dayton area.

“We’re from Dayton and proud to be running a business in our hometown,” Weizman said.

>> RELATED: 2 sisters launch Dayton area’s newest food truck (September 2013) 

Launched by two sisters, Bella Sorella is celebrating its fifth year in business this year — and has added a second unit to accommodate demand. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

The sisters began in 2013 serving local brewpubs and catering small parties. Bella Sorella, translated in Italian as “beautiful sister,” has now added a second mobile unit and has tripled its events.

The bulk of Bella Sorella’s business now is catering of private events such as graduation parties, weddings, rehearsal dinners, and business lunches — although it will be serving to the public from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tonight, May 19 at Eudora Brewing Company in Kettering.

Neopolitan-style pizzas come out of Bella Sorella’s ovens with blackened and blistered spots that add flavor.  Photo by Mark Fisher(MARK FISHER)

“We just kept getting so many requests and had to turn them down because we couldn’t be in two places at once,” Weizman said. “Now we can.”

The co-founder said she and her sister and their families “take the most pride in our food and the local connection, and service.

“We grow a good part of the pizza ingredients on our own family farm, and our own dough recipe is now being made weekly by Bakehouse Bread in Troy to help us keep up with demand,” Weizman said.

Dayton’s newest food truck is a mobile food van that tows a wood-fired brick pizza oven behind it. Photo by Mark Fisher(MARK FISHER)

“Almost everyone who works for us is a family member or long-time friend. One of our favorite times is when our parents come to visit on site and our dad just walks right in the middle of the whole operation, grabs a pizza, and says, ‘Looks good, girls!’”

>> RELATED: Two more new pizza restaurants coming, both in Greene County

A finished Bella Sorella Pizza coming out of the mobile wood-fired brick oven. Photo by Mark Fisher(MARK FISHER)

Bella Sorella’s founders specialize in Neopolitan-style pizzas, thin-crust pizzas that cook in as little as two minutes in the wood-burning brick oven that reaches 800 degrees. In that respect, the sisters were ahead of their time, at least locally: Fast-casual pizza chains such as Rapid Fired Pizza, MOD Pizza and PizzaFire employ a similar fast-cook, customizable pie in their restaurants, which have all opened in the last two years, many of them in recent months.

For more information or to keep up with Bella Sorella’s public events, check out the Bella Sorella Facebook page.

Crash closes St. Paris Pike in German Township, Springfield

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 5:07 PM

Both drivers were transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries after this head-on crash in the 3900 block of St. Paris Pike Monday afternoon.

A head-on crash in German Township has closed St. Paris Pike until further notice. The accident occurred around 4 p.m. and two people were transported to Springfield Memorial Hospital. 

Both victims sustained non-life threatening injuries according to the German Township Police Department.

RELATED: See more trending stories on WHIO.com

St. Paris Pike is shut down West of Upper Valley Pike and German Township Police advice motorists to find an alternate route. 

DOWNLOAD OUR FREE NEWS APPS FOR OUR LATEST BREAKING NEWS

Rain, snow could impact region this week

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 3:57 AM

Lots of sunshine this week, but cooler than normal.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Lots of sunshine, but chilly today
  • Few showers Tuesday with rain/snow mix possible
  • Quiet for Thanksgiving

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

This evening:

Mainly clear skies are expected with temperatures dropping through the 40s. It will still be breezy at times.

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

Tonight: 

Skies will be clear with temperatures not quite as cold, holding in the middle 30s.

Tuesday: 

Clouds will be on the increase through the day. It will be breezy with highs near 50 degrees. A cold front will bring the chance for a few showers after dark. As temperatures drop, showers may mix in with flurries before ending.

>> County-by-County Weather

Wednesday: It will be cold again with temperatures in the morning in the 20s. A slick spot or two on bridges and overpasses can’t be ruled out where there were showers. There will be mostly sunny skies. Highs will only reach the upper 30s, which is about 10 degrees colder than normal.

>> Winter Weather Awareness: What to have in your car kit

Thanksgiving: We’ll have beautiful weather for Thanksgiving this year. It will be cool and sunny with highs in the low 40s and dry from start to finish.

Friday: It will be a frigid morning for Black Friday shoppers as temperatures will start in the upper 20s. Skies will be sunny, so it will warm to the mid-40s. It will stay dry.

Saturday: Expect some showers, mainly in the morning. Temperatures will fall from near 50 early in the day, through the 40s in the afternoon.

Accused I-75 wrong-way driver has previous intoxication, wrong-way cases

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 4:46 PM

WATCH: ODOT Camera captures wrong way driver crashing on I-75

A man accused of being under the influence and causing a wrong-way crash on Interstate 75 in Dayton on Saturday had an open court case for public intoxication and was cited in 2016 for driving the wrong-way on a one-way street, according to court records. 

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Drugs, alcohol suspected factors in I-75 wrong-way crash

Glenn Ellis, 47, of Dayton, was suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he drove north in the southbound lanes on I-75 on Saturday morning, according to the record. 

Ellis crashed head-on into a car driven by Anthony Revels, 59, of Dayton, near the Ohio 4 exit, according to a police report. Revels and his passenger were injured, but were treated and released from Miami Valley Hospital, the report said. 

On Monday, Ellis was charged with OVI, failure to control a motor vehicle, failure to wear a seat belt, and driving on the wrong-side of a divided roadway, according to online court records. 

RELATED: Defying odds: 3 men survive Dayton wrong-way interstate crash

Court records obtained by this news outlet indicate Ellis was cited for public intoxication on in the 400 block East Second Street in Dayton on Oct. 7, 2017.

“[Ellis] was subject of person down call,” according to the Dayton police citation. “He was highly intoxicated, [and] passed out in the rain.” 

The case is still listed as open, according to court records. 

Ellis was also cited for driving without a driver’s license and driving the wrong-way on a one-way street on Monument Avenue at North St. Clair Street in Dayton on Feb. 5, 2016. 

That citation states that Ellis was traveling on Monument Avenue and turned onto North St. Clair Street and didn’t realize North St. Clair was a one-way street. 

Court records indicate the charges were dismissed and Ellis was ordered to pay court costs. 

“There’s a car coming the wrong way!”

On Monday, Anthony Revels of Dayton was at a tow lot retrieving personal belongings and removing the tags from his totaled Prius.

Revels, 59, said he got on the I-75 going south at Wagner Ford Road.

“All of a sudden I looked up and saw a car passing other cars, literally coming at me,” he said

He told his passenger, Michael Jackson: “There’s a car coming in the wrong way! Wrong way!” 

Revels started taking his car right. The other car was still swerving in his direction, he said.

“We’re going to get hit,” he shouted to Jackson right before impact.

 As the cars came to a stop, Revels and Jackson checked on each other’s injuries. 

Neither was seriously hurt. Both were wearing their seat belts and all six of the car’s airbags deployed, Revels said.

At the hospital, Revels spoke with a police officer. 

“He seemed really shocked at the outcome of our accident – a head-on collision and we only had minor injuries,” Revels said.

Anthony Revels inspects the damage to his Toyota Prius on Monday after he and a passenger survived a head-on collision with a wrong-way driver on Interstate 75 early Saturday morning. SUBMITTED(SUBMITTED/SUBMITTED)

Revels said his chest has been sore since the accident in which he also banged up his right hand. He said his passenger also suffered minor injuries to an arm, leg and ribs.

“I went right. I just turned right,” he said. “That’s all you can do.”

Revels said God protected them during the crash.

“After going through this and looking at the car, I believe it,” he said.

Attempts to reach Ellis Monday were unsuccessful. 

ODOT video captures crash

An Ohio Department of Transportation camera, positioned at the I- 75 and Ohio 4 interchange, captured the crash. 

The camera, which was zoomed out, captures the moment a northbound vehicle slams into a southbound vehicle on the highway. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

Music legend and 'Touched by an Angel' star Della Reese dead at 86

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 2:14 PM

Remembering Della Reese

“Touched By An Angel” actress and music legend Della Reese passed away on Sunday, friends said in a statement to PEOPLE. She was 86.

>> Read more trending news

“On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away peacefully at her California home last evening surrounded by love. She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer. Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people,” Reese’s “Touched by an Angel” co-star Roma Downey said in a statement to PEOPLE.

On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved...

Posted by Roma Downey on Monday, November 20, 2017

“She was a mother to me and I had the privilege of working with her side by side for so many years on ‘Touched By an Angel.’ I know heaven has a brand new angel this day. Della Reese will be forever in our hearts. Rest In Peace, sweet angel. We love you.”

Downey posted to Facebook on Friday, requesting that fans pray for Reese.

Thank you friends for all your prayers for this great lady ......please keep them coming I know they are such a comfort to Miss Della .🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊 #dellareese #prayfordella #angel #touchedbyanangel

Posted by Roma Downey on Friday, November 17, 2017

Before landing the role as Tess on “Touched by an Angel,” Reese was an accomplished singer who rose to national fame in 1957 with her song, “And That Reminds Me.” She had several other hits, including “Not One Minute More,” “And Now,” “Don’t You Know?” and “The Most Beautiful Words.”

When she made the move to television, Reese saw success in parts on series including “The Love Boat,” “MacGyver” and “The Young and the Restless.” She also had her own television variety hour called “Della” and was the first black woman to co-host “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” She went on to play Tess in “Touched by an Angel’s” 1994 debut and continued through the end of the series in 2003.

In this March 8, 1998 file photo, actress Della Reese, nominated for best dramatic actress for her role in the television series "Touched by an Angel", arrives for the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama "Touched by an Angel," died at age 86. A family representative released a statement Monday that Reese died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in California. No cause of death or additional details were provided. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)(Mark J. Terrill/AP)

Reese had a near-death experience in 1979 when she suffered a brain aneurysm. The health scare lead her to found her own church, Understanding Principles for Better Living.

She is survived by her husband Franklin Lett and children James, Franklin and Dominique. Her daughter Deloreese Owens passed away in 2002.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.