Your guide to the best Dayton-area pizza

Published: Thursday, January 28, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

It's that time of year for Marion's Pizza deal!

If there is one culinary constant in this world, it's pizza. And this city knows how to do pizza right. 

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Whether you're a fan of thin or thick crust, Brooklyn-style or square-cut, there's no doubt that the Gem City has a pizza place that will fulfill your tastebuds' demands.

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Here is our guide to Dayton-area pizza restaurants.

Local Favorites:

🍕 Beavercreek Pizza Dive

J.R. and Teresa Geraci are the owners of the Beavercreek Pizza Dive. The couple has purchased property at Shroyer Rd. and Wilmington Pike to open a second restaurant, Belmont Pizza Dive.(Lisa Powell)

A unique list of specialty pies, including the Chicken Cordon Bleu and 215 Cheesesteak pizza, plus calzones, Stromboli, oven-baked sandwiches and “Goodie Baskets.” 

Location: 4021 Dayton Xenia Road, Beavercreek

Delivery: Yes, dine-in, curb-service and carry-out also offered

Hours: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Info: WebsiteFacebook | Call 937-431-8669

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🍕 Cassano's Pizza King

The first pizza shop in Dayton started in the back of a grocery store.

Subs, salads, pastas, calzones, and, of course, pizzas are what you'll find at Cassano's, including the monster-sized 30-inch pizza! 

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Locations: 1200 Brown St. #110 (Dayton), 2405 Smithville Road (Dayton), 2814 E. Third St. (Dayton) and multiple other Dayton-area locations

Delivery: Yes, dine-in and carry-out also available

Hours: 10:30 a.m. - 12 a.m. (Mon.-Thur.), 10:30 a.m. - 1 a.m. (Fri. and Sat.), 11 a.m. - 12 a.m. (Sun.) at most locations

Info:  Website | Facebook 

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🍕 Corleone's Pizza

Salads, wings, gyros, specialty and regular pizzas, hoagies, pastas, calzones, wedgies are under one roof!

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Locations: 966 Patterson Road (Dayton) and 725 Lyons Road (Centerville)

Delivery: Yes, carry-out also offered 

Hours: 4 p.m. - 1 a.m. (Mon.-Thur.), 11 a.m. - 3 a.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. (Sun.) 

Info: Website

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🍕 Cousin Vinny's Pizza 

Cousin Vinny's co-owner Mark Franks cuts a fresh pizza.

A go-to for late-night deliveries, offering wings, specialty and regular pizzas and cinnamon and garlic breads.  

Locations: Multiple Dayton-area locations

Delivery: Yes, take-out also offered

Hours: 11 a.m. - 3 a.m. (Mon.-Wed.), 11 a.m. - 4 a.m. (Thur.-Sat.), 11 a.m. - 3 a.m. (Sun.) 

Info: Website | Facebook 


🍕 Dewey's Pizza 

Dewey's Killer Veggie pizza. CONTRIBUTED/ERIC WAGNER(Eric Wagner)

Choose from 11, 13 or 17-inch versions of Dewey's creatively-named specialty pies, including Porky Fig, Green Lantern and Socrates’ Revenge - or just create your own. 

Locations: 131 Jasper St., Dayton and 3600 Rigby Rd., Austin Landing 

Delivery: through Door Dash, take out is available.

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Mon.-Thur.) 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.), 4 - 10 p.m. (Sun.) 

Info: Website | Facebook

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🍕 Jet’s Pizza

Best known for its eight-corner, golden-brown, deep-dish crust.

Locations: 5843 Far Hills Ave (Dayton), 3979 Indian Ripple Rd (Beavercreek), 2418 Esquire Dr (Beavercreek) 

Delivery: Yes, including online ordering 

Hours: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Mon.-Thur. and Sun.), 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.) 

Info: WebsiteFacebook 


🍕 Little York Tavern 

In an attempt to bring not only continents together but also world peace, Dining Divas Sandy Collins and Connie Post went half and half and ordered a Taco Hawaiian pizza at The Little York Tavern. CONNIE POST/STAFF(HANDOUT)

With delicious appetizers (including fried cauliflower and big onion bloom), sandwiches and generously topped pizzas, this spot in Vandalia has something tasty for everyone in your crew.  

Location: 4120 Little York Rd, Dayton

Delivery: through Door Dash, dine-in and carry-out also available 

Hours: 11 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. (Mon. - Sat.), 12 p.m. - 2:30 a.m. (Sun.) 

Info: WebsiteFacebook | Call 937-890-6700

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🍕 Marion's Piazza 

It’s been more than 50 years since Dayton fell in love with a thin crust square cut pizza.

Order one of Marion's plain, single-topping and specialty pizzas in 9 or 13-inch sizes. A variety of sandwiches, salads and pastas also available. 

Locations: 711 Shroyer Rd (Dayton), 50 E Stroop Rd (Dayton), 3443 N Dixie Dr (Dayton) and six other Dayton-area locations 

Delivery: No; dine-in and carry-out offered 

Hours: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.) and 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. (Sun.)

Info: Website | Facebook


🍕 Milano's Atlantic City Subs

Pizza and a cheesestake submarine sandwich at Milano’s Atlantic City Subs, which opened its first Butler County location this week at 7701 Voice of America Centre Drive in West Chester Twp., dishing out calzones, pizza, subs and salads. The new location is the company’s fourth restaurant and the first one to settle in the Greater Cincinnati region. Its owners opened its first shop in 1969 near the University of Dayton and since have expanded to Beavercreek and Miami Twp. GREG LYNCH / STAFF(Greg Lynch)

The menu consists of a bevy of options, but the pizzas still leave their mark. 
Locations: 1834 Brown St. (Dayton), 9572 Springboro Pike (Miami Twp.), 2260 N. Fairfield Rd. (Beavercreek) and 7701 Voice of America Centre Dr. (West Chester)
Delivery: Yes, carry-out service also offered  
Hours: 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. (Mon. - Thurs.), 11 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. (Fri. - Sat), and 11 a.m. - 12 a.m. (Sun.)
Info: Website | Facebook

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🍕 Oregon Express

An addictive pie at the Oregon Express.(File photo)

An Oregon District favorite since 1976. Try the new sweet and spicy Sriracha Pizza! Burger, sandwiches and daily specials also available.
Locations: 336 E. 5th St, Dayton
Delivery: No, dine-in  or carry-out available
Hours: 11:30 a.m. - 1 a.m. (Mon. - Fri.) and 5 p.m. - 2:30 a.m. (Sat.)
Info: WebsiteFacebook | Call 937-223-9205

🍕 Pizza Factory - Dayton's Original

A large list of gourmet and traditional pizzas awaits you, along with calzones, subs, sides and salads. 
Locations: 1101 Wayne Ave, Dayton
Delivery: Yes, catering and dine-in also available
Hours: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. (Mon-Fri), 4 pm - 11 p.m. (Sat), 4 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Sun)
Info:  WebsiteFacebook | Call 937-224-4477

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🍕 Ron's Pizza

Boasting "lightning-fast delivery service" Ron's menu features creative specialty pies, including "The Heart Attack."
Location: 5562 Springboro Pike, West Carrollton
Delivery: Yes, carry-out also available 
Hours: 11 a.m.- 12 a.m. (Mon. - Thurs.), 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. (Fri. - Sat.), 4 p.m. - 12 a.m. (Sun.)
Info: WebsiteFacebook | Call 937-866-4321


🍕 South Park Tavern

Look at that melty cheese! Chicken Cordon Bleu gourmet pizza is made by scratch and baked in a stone oven at South Park Tavern. (Staff photo by Connie Post)(HANDOUT/Connie Post)

With a lengthy list of craft beers and pub fare, this tavern features a menu to suit all your party’s appetite. As far as the pizza goes - there are classics and specialities (including Ghostlight Delight) that’ll tantalize your tastebuds. 

Location: 1301 Wayne Ave, Dayton

Delivery: No, dine-in or carry-out available

Hours: 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. (Mon.-Sat.) 12 p.m. - 1 a.m. (Sun.)

Info: WebsiteFacebook | Call 937-586-9526

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🍕 The Flying Pizza

This family-owned Dayton pizza mainstay has been serving up New York and Sicilian-style pies for decades.
Locations: Three Dayton-area locations in Beavercreek, Dayton and Centerville
Delivery: Yes, dine-in and carry-out also offered
Hours: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. (Mon-Sat), closed Sunday (Beavercreek location), 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Mon-Sat, Dayton location, closed Sunday), 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. (Mon-Sat) 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Sun) (Centerville location) 
Info: Website Facebook 

🍕 Joe’s Pizzeria

Joe’s has been a family-owned and operated business since 1959, serving delicious, no-frills pizza made from scratch with handmade dough, delicious sauce, freshly ground sausage, and shredded cheeses.  

Location: 4313 Airway Road, Dayton

Delivery: Yes through Door Dash, carry-out available

Dining Room Hours: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11a.m – 11 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, 12p.m. - 9 p.m. on Sunday

Carry Out Hours: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday


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🍕 Old Scratch Pizza

Old Scratch spicy honey pizza stings like an Angry Beekeeper. Video by Amelia Robinson

Old Scratch Pizza is a pizzeria and beer hall that has communal seating and a casual environment. Their focus is Neopolitan pizza — wood-fired pizza ovens that reach interior temperature of 800 to 1,000 degrees cook their signature Naples-style pizzas in two minutes or less.

Location: 800 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton

Delivery: No, online orders available during limited hours

Hours: 11 a.m. –10 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11a.m. – 11p.m. Friday and Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Sunday, closed on Mondays


🍕 Wheat Penny Pizza

There are robust flavor combos for every sort of taste bud, and Wheat Penny Chef Liz Valenti (who perfected the crunchy outside, soft inside California style at San Francisco’s International School of Pizza) offers gluten-free crusts if requested. Rich, to be sure, but a personal-sized pie ($12.95, $19.95 for a large pie) is just the right size before going overboard.

Location: 515 Wayne Ave, Dayton

Delivery: No but you can get carry-out

Hours: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday

Info: Website | Call: 937-496-5268

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🍕 Rapid Fired Pizza

Rapid Fired Pizza is expanding to Portsmouth in southern Ohio. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

Rapid Fired Pizza lives up to its name, for in just 180 seconds your thin-cust pizza will be cooked perfectly (pan pizzas take a bit longer). They even offer fresh spinach leaf or grated parmesan in place of pizza doh for carb-cutters.

Location: Multiple Dayton area locations

Delivery: Select locations, also offers carry-out and online ordering

Hours: 10:30 a.m. –10 p.m. Sunday - Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – 11p.m. Friday - Saturday

Info: Website

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🍕 MOD Pizza

MOD Pizza(Staff Writer)

MOD Pizza is a Seattle-based pizza chain with a fast-serve, build-your-own personal-pizza concept similar to the Kettering-based Rapid Fired Pizza. 

Location: 9196 N Main St (Englewood); 5225 Cornerstone North Blvd (Centerville)

Delivery: No, just carry out

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday - Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday - Saturday


🍕  Kramer’s

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Just what is it about this pizza at this 84-year-old Dayton institution? It depends on who you ask.

“A lot of that comes down to the sauce,” said manager Jessica Pricci. “One of the things we put in our sauce is 100-percent pure Italian olive oil.” Others prefer the authentic Italian-style crust. 

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Location: 1018 Irving Ave, Dayton

Delivery: No

Hours: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 12 a.m., Sunday, 3 p.m. - 12 a.m. Monday 


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Why this old-school restaurant is one of the area’s best-kept dining secrets

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 12:39 PM

The New York Strip Steak at The Tavernette in Medway. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS LARSEN
The New York Strip Steak at The Tavernette in Medway. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS LARSEN

Tucked half-way between Springfield and Dayton in tiny Medway is a Clark County restaurant gem that residents from both cities should get to know.

The Tavernette Inn, established in 1939, is one of the area’s best kept restaurant secrets, boasting atmosphere and ambiance that goes on for days.

Here are just a few reasons you should plan a visit as soon as possible …

The vibe: Get ready for a time warp. The walls and cabinets full of old toys and kitschy antiques will transport you to another era. The hot orange chairs and turquoise booths add to the feel. This spot is a vintage feast for the eyes and provides a one-of-a-kind dining setting.

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The Tavernette in Medway is worth the visit. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS BY ALEXIS LARSEN(Contributing Writer)

The specials: Tavernette specials are where it’s at — Tuesdays are a pizza special of the day. Wednesdays are fresh smoked BBQ ribs after 5 p.m., served with two sides ($18.95 for a half rack and $23.95 for a full). Thursdays is a chef’s choice surprise and Fridays and Saturdays feature a prime rib entrée after 5 p.m.

The food: The menu is a terrific companion to the throwback setting. The New York Strip ($23.95) is a great cut grilled to order and well worth it.

The Baked Meatloaf ($15.95), a newer option, made with onions, green peppers and bread crumbs and topped with house-made brown sugar glaze was savory, soft and comforting. The batter-fried walleye ($16.95) was a huge piece of crispy, golden-brown breaded fish that was perfectly fried and satisfying.

Other notable menu items: fried green tomatoes ($8.95), frog legs ($15.95), a Tavern Sticky Burger ($12.95) topped with bacon, pepper jack cheese, peanut butter and jalapeño jelly. The restaurant’s pork chops ($16.95), pizzas (various) and seafood dishes are also worth exploring.

Brunch: Brunch is available 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. Bonus: Free non-alcoholic drink with food purchase. The Tavernette’s sausage gravy and biscuits ($5.95) is a great place to start.

The pizzas: They come in nine, 12 and 16 inches. The garden veggie is topped with a house-made garlic butter cream sauce, sprinkled with a blend of mozzarella and cheddar cheese, topped with fresh diced red onions, red peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, and sliced tomatoes ($10.95, $15.95, $18.95). There’s a meat lovers, a Tavern Deluxe and the noteworthy Tavern Sticky made just like the burger with hamburger, bacon, pepper jack cheese blend, peanut butter, and jalapeño jelly ($11.95, $16.95, $19.95). I can guarantee you there’s no other place to find that particular combination on a pizza in town. Definitely a conversation piece amongst friends if you’re going out in a group.

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The Tavernette in Medway is worth the visit. Pictured is the bar. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS BY ALEXIS LARSEN(Contributing Writer)

The drinks: The old-school bar cranks out the classic cocktails, wine and beer. The bar greets you when you walk through the door and sets the right tone for the evening.

The patio: Keep this in your memory bank: The patio at the Tavernette should be on your summer dining list. Overlooking woods, it offers a beautiful view and a great setting and is a great summertime destination.

The location: Just over 15 minutes from downtown Springfield and downtown Dayton, it offers a scenic drive and an adventure opportunity that isn’t a huge investment of time.

If you love vintage and crave opportunities to get nostalgic, look no further. The Tavernette offers great food in a setting that is powerfully evocative and a whole lot of fun.

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What: The Tavernette

Where: 111 W. Main St., Medway

Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; 3-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Reservations: Call before 4 p.m. for reservations.

More info: or 937-849-0423.

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ON THE MENU: You MUST try the pierogies and Asian pork sliders at this new restaurant in downtown Dayton

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Pictured: Lock 27's Keener Burger served with bacon and an egg added. Photo by Amelia Robinson
Photo: Amelia Robinson
The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Pictured: Lock 27's Keener Burger served with bacon and an egg added. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Trust us on this one: you’ll kick yourself if you don’t get past the beer menu at one of downtown Dayton’s newest brewpubs. 

The Lock 27 Brewing menu includes some of the finest pierogies south of Cleveland, and some Asian Pork Sliders with just the right kick. 

We will get to that in just a bit. 

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The downtown restaurant opened in September 2017, and is the second Lock 27 location from founder Steve Barnhart, a Chicago native.  

The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Pictured: Potato and cheddar pierogies topped with bacon, sautéed onions and garlic. They are served with sour cream. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The new gastropub at 329 E. First St. occupies about 12,000 square feet of the Delco Building’s basement and first floor in Dayton Dragons Plaza. 

The original Lock 27 at 1035 S. Main St. serves mostly the same menu as the downtown location.

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First: those pierogies. The pierogi dumplings are filled with a delicious mix of mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese. 
An order of five costs $12, and they come topped with thick pieces of bacon, sauteed onions, green onions and garlic.

The side of cool sour cream was a must, as many pierogie lovers will tell you. 

My dinner companion ordered dry rubbed and smoked chicken wings and couldn’t get enough of the Sriracha blue cheese. 

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The restaurant’s friendly waitstaff recommended the Asian Pork Sliders ($12). We were not disappointed in the tender, spicy meat served with a plum sauce and a side of frites (French fries).

The meat on the trio of sandwiches was generous, and one bite reminded me of a backyard barbeque. 

The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Pictured: Lock 27's Asian Pork Sliders served with French fries. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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The sandwiches are served with the frites and sage pesto mayo, chipotle ketchup and/or spicy mustard. The mayo and spicy mustard impressed. 

Lock 27 pays respect  to  Keener Farm CSA’s grass-fed beef with its Keener Burger. For just $2 more, we added bacon and an over-easy egg to the cheddar cheese burger. 


Lock 27 Brewing is located in the Dayton Dragons Plaza, 329 E. First St., downtown Dayton.

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Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday (kitchen closes at 10 p.m.); 11 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday (kitchen closes at 10 p.m.); 11 a.m. to midnight  Friday and Saturday (kitchen closes at 11 p.m.) and 11 to 9 p.m. Sunday (kitchen closes at 9 p.m.).

The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Pictured: Lock 27's Asian Pork Sliders served with French fries. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Pictured: Lock 27's sage pesto mayo, chipotle ketchup and spicy mustard. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Pictured: smoked chicken wings with a sriracha blue cheese and a hot sauce. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Pictured: Potato and cheddar pierogies topped with bacon, sautéed onions and garlic. They are served with sour cream. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Pictured: Lock 27's Keener Burger served with bacon and an egg added. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Pictured Lock 27's Mouth Breather and Lock Tender. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Pictured: Lock 27's Asian Pork Sliders served with French fries. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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Local Indian restaurant’s naan and distinct dipping sauces make this event planner’s ideal ‘last meal’

Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The naan and selection of sauces at this Dayton Indian restaurant truly make a meal, according to Daytonian Lisa Snapp. Contributed photo
The naan and selection of sauces at this Dayton Indian restaurant truly make a meal, according to Daytonian Lisa Snapp. Contributed photo

There’s a certain gal about town whose culinary tastes I trust exclusively. 

If you’ve been to an event in Dayton and it’s styled just right, every detail is thought out, the food and drinks are presented well and perfectly timed out, then chances are Lisa Snapp had something to do it with. 

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Lisa is the owner of her own event planning and design company called Party With a Snapp. She has a long career in catering and event planning, a wicked attention to detail, and loves to design an event from start to finish. Lisa can cook, whip up a mean cocktail and make your table look amazing, so basically, she’s my idol. When it comes to food, Lisa’s level of taste is unparalleled, which is why I could think of no one better to ask my favorite question: If you had one day left in Dayton, where would you eat?  

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Lisa’s answer is a long time Dayton restaurant, and her meal is perfect for these cold snowy days: “Chicken Tikka Masala at Amar India.” 

Amar India is an independently-owned restaurant with three locations in the Dayton area, serving authentic, delicious Indian food. Chicken Tikka Masala is prepared by marinating and roasting chicken in a spiced curry sauce, traditionally served with basmati rice. 

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But for Snapp, the meal isn’t complete without Naan bread for soaking up every bit of the sauce, and 3 distinct accompanying sauces: mint chutney, tamarind sauce, and a spiced onion chutney. These three sauces are made in-house and add a touch of sweetness, or a touch of extra spice, depending on your mood or spice tolerance. 

The naan and selection of sauces at this Dayton Indian restaurant truly make a meal, according to Daytonian Lisa Snapp. Contributed photo

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Why is this meal the go-to for Snapp? It’s all about family. 

“Both of my sons are addicted to this restaurant,” she said. “They live out of town, in D.C. and Denver, and have not found a match yet for Indian cuisine in their respective cities. When visiting Amar, we each get different dishes and share all, combining all the flavors on our plates.” 

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Amar India holds great memories for Snapp and her family, this is their restaurant of choice for special occasions. All the exotic spices also serve as inspiration for Snapp when she’s putting out her own feast. 

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“At home I like to cook full meals with interesting spices and flavors: chimichurris, fresh veggies, flavors filled with something a little sweet, and a little spicy,” she said.

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Her search for original flavors also translates to her party planning sensibilities.

“I’m always looking for new forms of entertaining and connecting with others,” she added. 

Whether she’s making a meal, or arranging it on a table, it’s completely unique and completely original, and perfectly curated. 

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“I love to combine art with cuisine,” Lisa said. “I get excited about entertaining and the art of doing so.”

Lisa Snapp is someone in town you want to know, no matter if she’s planning your party, helping you design an event, or if you’re very lucky, sharing a meal and breaking bread...or in this case, naan! 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tess is a restaurant professional, home-baker and downtown Dayton dweller. When she's not mixing drinks for restaurant patrons, she's drinking champagne, buying shoes, or writing her blog, Ciao Vella. You can read about her home recipes, party planning tips, and more at

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3 places to go for killer seafood in Dayton 

Published: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 6:32 AM
Updated: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Seared Tuna appetizer, with white wine at jay's Seafood, 225 E. Sixth St. Photo by Jim Witmer
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Seared Tuna appetizer, with white wine at jay's Seafood, 225 E. Sixth St. Photo by Jim Witmer(Jim Witmer/Dayton Daily News)

Dayton might be landlocked, but that doesn’t mean our local restaurants don’t know how to do seafood right.

There are still plenty of local options when you get that craving for a taste of the sea. 

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You voted in our Best of Dayton 2017 and told us these are the top 3 places for seafood in the area.

1.) Jay’s Seafood Restaurant

(File Photo)

Would you believe that when Jay's Seafood Restaurant opened over 40 years ago on Feb. 26, 1976, it was a gamble?! 

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Since then, Jay’s has managed to establish itself as a staple of the downtown Dayton dining scene by staying consistent over the years and retaining many of its favorite menu items.

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It’s located in a former grist mill in the Oregon District , which features a majestic 32-foot mahogany bar commissioned by James Ritty, the Daytonian who invented the first cash register. Some have even called it the oldest bar in Dayton. 

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Some dishes worth trying are the bourbon salmonsteamed whole lobster or calamari strips. To get the full retro feeling, order “the wedge,” an iceberg lettuce salad. Wash everything down with a perfect martini and save room for the flourless chocolate cake with chocolate ganache. 

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Want to go?

What: Jay’s Seafood Restaurant 

Where: 225 E. 6th St., Dayton 

Hours: Every day from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 

Info: Website or call 937-222-2892

2.) Bonefish Grill

This American casual chain specializing in seafood keeps things simple, but delicious.

Their menu is focused on fresh dishes, including seasonal fresh fish and indulgent appetizers like diner favorite “Bang Bang Shrimp.”

Want to go?

What: Bonefish Grill

Where: 2818 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Dayton

Hours: 4-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4-11:30 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday


3.) Sweeney’s Seafood

The classic oysters Rockefeller ($12) in the foreground is one of the highlights of the Sweeney’s menu as well as the large Chesapeake Bay oysters served on the half shell over ice ($2.50 each). The seared ahi tuna ($13) and Captain s Seafood Platter ($23) can be seen in the background. ALEXIS LARSEN/CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Sweeney’s Seafood Bar & Grill in the heart of Centerville launched in 1994 and it was later sold in 2012 keeping the same name and a similar approach with a seafood focus.  

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Some notable menu items worth trying are the classic oysters Rockefellerseared ahi tuna and the crab-stuffed mushrooms

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Sweeney’s recently just unveiled its new fall menu with items including lobster quesojumbo wings, fall spinach salad and a seafood fettucine

Want to go? 

What: Sweeney’s Seafood Bar & Grill 

Where: 28 W. Franklin St., Dayton 

Hours: 4–9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4–10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 4–8:30 p.m. Sundays. 

More info: 937-291-3474 or


Fish tacos from Sea Jax

The nautical-themed restaurant and “Margeritaville-ish” pub at 5900 Bigger Road in Kettering is not the sort of place you want to go to on a full stomach.

The laid back “neighborhood joint actually owned by the neighbors” belongs to Ron and Christy Sweeney, the founders and former owners of Sweeney’s Seafood Restaurant. That restaurant is now Sweeney’s Seafood Bar & Grill and owned by Larry and Holley Thompson of Springboro. 

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Sea Jax's doesn’t actually specialize in seafood. Their uncomplicated menu is packed with bar nibbles, burgers, sandwiches and house takes on New Orleans as well as seafood classics.

When you are craving that taste of the sea, some menu items that’ll do you right are the boom boom shrimpoysters, fish tacos and shrimp creole

Want to go?

What: Sea Jax Tavern, 

Where: 5900 Bigger Road, Kettering

Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; 11:30a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday 

NOTE: The bar stays open 30 minutes longer than the restaurant.

More info: Website | 937-439-1664 

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