Do you you hear that rumble? It is your stomach craving affordable gourmet food. The answer is one of Dayton’s best kept secrets, a little restaurant called Fresco.
World class dishes made from scratch with fresh produce from Chef Jenn DiSanto and her staff are what brings loyal foodies to this one of a kind eatery. Located at 3141 Far Hills Ave near the Dorothy Lane intersection in Kettering since 2010, Chef Jenn has been serving her “Mediterranean and eclectic global” menu. The Big Ragu describes the menu as Food Adventure Central.
Hello .. what’s not to love? Even the restaurant name is based on their commitment to fresh ingredients.
If you have not heard of Fresco, or have never been there, then this is your wake up call. Great prices and knowledgeable sous chefs that have experiences cooking outside of Ohio, result in a kitchen that cranks out amazing, extremely delicious meals.
HERE’S THE SKINNY:
— Chef Jenn DiSanto is the only rap-music loving area chef that has studied and worked culinary magic in Belgium, New York, Connecticut and Atlanta. You can count on one hand the classically trained Dayton area chefs, and Jenn DiSanto is one of them. So, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS PRECIOUS RESOURCE and her expertise for priceless dining experiences!
— Clean, casual, yet professional dining room seats about 20 for dine-in lunch or dinner. Lots of regulars, and a personable staff provide and inviting atmosphere.
— Practically all the dishes use Organic and Local ingredients, with a commitment to FRESHNESS.
— Salad Dressings made from scratch that will tickle your tastebuds. Typically 5 or more choices on hand every day.
— Healthy menu with Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-Free menu options.
— Daily specials feature one of a kind dishes. For more info, visit frescofood.net or click HERE.
— Catering and meals-to-go are popular choices. The menu even features the “feed a family of 4 for $28” section. Food this good at those prices in unheard of in the Dayton area.
— Hours are Monday through Friday 11:30am – 7pm. Remember, no weekend hours except catering or special private events.
In a place where EVERY menu item is spectacular, it is hard to nail down the best. But like Fresco, Food Adventures never disappoints, so here are our “Must Eats !”
— HOMEMADE CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP: Made from scratch using homemade chicken stock and fresh ingredients, words like “delicious” don’t do it justice. The soup is garnished with sour cream, cheese tortilla strips. Try this soup and you will understand why it is indescribable. This soup is one of our favorites of all time.
— KALE and CANNELLINI BEAN SOUP: A perfect fix for the upcoming brisk weather. This soup is so good, you will make ‘yummy” noises while eating. The kale is trimmed and cooked to perfection. It is the right partner to this incredible broth and bean combination.
— THAI CHICKEN SLIDERS: The Big Ragu says these are the best sliders he has ever had in his life. The sandwiches have an incredible Thai peanut sauce made from scratch that is added to a shredded chicken mixture. Topped with lemon grass and ginger pickled cucumbers with basil and cilantro slaw for an addicting punch of flavor.
—ROASTED SALMON WITH MANGO CHUTNEY: Before roasting, the salmon is seasoned with a house rub. This is fresh salmon, not frozen and it is perfectly cooked for an amazing taste. Finishing touches include a homemade mango chutney that is “to die for.” Sides include potatoes and grilled veggies. At $15.50, this dish is a steal. You would pay up to double at fancy restaurants and still not touch the taste of this dinner. The Big Ragu will go on record as saying this is the best salmon dinner he has ever had.
—SIDE SALADS: Yeah yeah we know…you think it is just some crisp greens.. but not so fast my friend… The real attractions here are the homemade dressings. These “liquid must eats” are made from scratch. One of our favorites is the White Balsamic Vanilla Bean Dressing. Other incredible flavors of dressing include Lemon Sherry Vinaigrette, Onion Vinaigrette and a unique Bacon dressing (with no Bacon Fest
lines). The Big Ragu recommends the Red Wine Vinaigrette as his favorite. Eating healthy never tasted so wonderful.
Honorable Mention: Grab some handmade Fried Green Tomatoes when they are featured. They are great to share, but so tasty that we won’t share ours. We also love the Fish Tacos every Friday. Attention shrimp lovers, the Shrimp and Grits dinner is pretty good. Polenta is used instead of grits, and the combo of creaminess with the vegetables is amazing. This article would not be complete without mentioning the great Arepas on the menu or the savory Grilled Panini Sandwiches offered. Oh and did you know you can bring in your own alcohol when you dine in ????
Chef Jenn is one of our favorite local personalities, and her service is as “fresh” as the food. This locally owned, family business is a must stop for anyone who appreciates homemade food, and culinary expert cooking at its finest. Looking for a place to eat and want to change things up? We got one for ya.. and now you know, it’s Fresco.
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Check out some of the most amazing photos we have ever posted in our gallery below from numerous Food Adventures to FRESCO !