Restaurants have just completed their busiest month of the year, hosting holiday gatherings, catering parties and feeding so many of us as we celebrated the holidays.
So now for many of our local eateries, they are taking some time off to recuperate from the hectic holiday season and do a little celebrating of their own with family and friends. So just a heads up of the extended closings for the following eateries:
Lily’s Bistro – will reopen for lunch on Friday
Mamma DiSalvos– Opens on Jan 9th at noon
The Tavernette – will open again on Saturday, January 5th
The Winds Cafe -Opens Tuesday, January 15, 2019 – beginning with lunch and our new winter menu.
Twist Cupcakery – will reopen on Jan 8th
Watermark – Opens on January 8 for Burger Night!
And while not a restaurant, we thought we’d let you know Dayton Pedal Wagon is on break until Jan 13th.
If you think you can eat a lot of meatball you should sign up for Mamma DiSalvo’s 2nd annual Meatball Eating Contest. On Thursday, March 8th at 6pm in the DiSalvo’s Party Room contestant will have 2 minutes to chow down on as many meatballs as they can. Contestants pay $10 to enter and the winner not only gets bragging rights and a $50 gift certificate to Mamma DiSalvo’s and a gift basket of Mamma’s goodies! If you think you’ve got a wining appetite you can sign up online to compete this year! It’s also a timely contest, since March 9th is National Meatball Day!
Last year there were 10 men (hopefully some women will sign up this year) who took on the challenge and started out with a plate of a dozen meatballs and were informed they could not use a fork or their hands to eat with. Many of our contestants had grand ambition thinking they would eat 20-30 meatballs. With fans cheering the meat eaters on, Kris Mick was declared the winner eating 13 meatballs! Kris also won the first winner of the Submarine House Super Duper Cheesesteak Challenge.
Judges for the event will include The Big Ragu from Dayton’s Food Adventure Crew and Dayton.com’s Sarah Franks.
DaytonMostMetro.com and DaytonDining have a long tradition of celebrating Christmas in July! It’s a simple way to thank you for reading and sharing about our local eateries. We do our best to keep you up to date on all the tastiest news in the Miami Valley, and we’ve partnered with some of our favorites this week to offer you a chance to experience all their yummy goodness.
All you have to do is share this post, or the image below on your social media and tag @DaytonDining so we can see it. Leave a comment on which restaurant you’d like to visit and why. Each day we’ll randomly select a winner and post it on our DaytonDining Facebook and twitter. Post it every day for the most chances to win! We’ll post our first winner Tuesday morning, and then each morning we’ll post another winner. Good luck!
Elena DiSalvo (Mamma) her son, Chef Roberto DiSalvo, proudly celebrate the restaurants 38th anniversary this Thursday, June 8th by offering their homemade lasagna dinner, which comes with salad,bread and 2 large cannoli’s for just $38 tonight – Thursday.
Using Mamma’s family recipes, made fresh from scratch daily, Mamma’s truly is a family business, with 3 generations (Mamma, Chef Roberto and his son Vinnie) often found cooking together in the kitchen.
Whether it’s for dine in, take out or to catering for your office party, graduation or wedding, Mamma’s is proud to be a part of so many family celebrations in the Miami Valley for almost four decades. Mamma says, “We want to thank every customer of Mamma DiSalvos. Please keep on coming, we love you guys and come back.”
To wind up the anniversary week, Mamma’s will host a car show in the parking lot Sunday, June 11th from 1-4pm. Bring your antique, classic or custom car or truck out to show off. Cars will be on display in our back parking lot. DJ Dan Edwards will be our MC and tunes will be rocking!
Mamma’s will have our pizza oven and grill out, with small pizza’s, hot dogs and sausage subs and soda for sale in the lot. The restaurant will open at 4:30pm.
About Mamma DiSalvo’s:
Rinaldo and Elena DiSalvo opened Mamma DiSalvo’s restaurant on July 8, 1979, with the help of Elena’s father Pasquale Berarado and their three sons, Nicola, Rinaldo Jr. and Roberto. Mamma DiSalvo’s restaurant started out small, serving their own family recipe from the Abruzzi Molise Region – One of Italy’s best kept secrets, and strive to provide your family with the best authentic Italian food in Dayton, Ohio
Even though Mamma DiSalvo’s has grown over the years, their traditions remain the same. The family still cooks everything from scratch using only the finest quality ingredients available. fresh meats and imported cheese, pasta and olive oil. The sauces and lasagna are made fresh daily by Roberto.
As a kid, I grew up on Chef Boyardee’s Lasagna. You know the kind. It came in a box with a can of sauce, powdered cheese, and lasagna noodles. It was fast, easy, and not terribly delicious. When my parents wanted real lasagna, we drove to Lebanon and ate at the Tavern. It was the best lasagna in town. It was a single serving in a metal pan, covered in tons of melted stringy cheese, bubbling with housemade sauce and it arrived with a mini loaf of french bread doused in garlic butter. My parents loved this place and I loved the lasagna.
Great lasagna isn’t far away. In Kettering, we have an abundance for every taste. While locals are divided between Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen on Woodman or Troni’s on Dorothy Lane, one thing is clear, the sauce is fresh and full of flavor. $8.99 gets you enough lasagna to demand an afternoon nap. Troni’s has a great salad and house dressing for their lunch special, Jimmy’s serves
soup alongside their lunch. Troni’s delivered with pasta that was cooking perfectly and sauce with spice. Order extra garlic knots. Jimmy’s sauce is chunkier, which I like, and the rolls are soft and buttery, but I wanted the garlic and didn’t get it.
I drove past Mamma Disalvo’s on the way to these two stops. The lasagna there is 100% Mama’s. The sauce is thicker, sweeter, and made
with love. Mama’s lasagna is like my grandmas. The ricotta is noticeable and the pasta is cooked perfectly and still has a bite to it. It is covered in mozzarella and baked off to perfection. $9.95 for lunch with salad and bread. Order extra bread, you don’t want to leave any of that sauce on the plate.
For folks up north you aren’t far from great layered pasta and cheese either. Folks know Giovanni’s in Fairborn for their pizza and subs. Skip the pizza, order the lasagna. Portions large enough to share, you won’t want to but
you could, and dinner prices make it so you can get the antipasto plate beforehand. Dinner is $13.00 with salad and housemade Italian bread.
Food Adventures has the scoop!! Here is an announcement that is 60 years in the making… for the first time since the 1953 history of the Giovanni’s restaurant, they will be selling their sauce in jars !
Yes, Giovanni’s, located at 215 W Main St. Fairborn, has announced that some of their in house sauces will be available for purchase in mass quantities. They plan to start selling the jars at the restaurant and some local grocers in the northern Miami Valley area. Managing owner Cassaundra Spaziani says they are a couple of months away from being available in stores. She said they are currently working on developing artwork/photography for the labels on the jars. The mystery is whether her father, Tony Spaziani, will be on the label or not. It has yet to be decided.
They are going to start with 2 sauces:
1) GIOVANNI’S MARINARA:
An old Spaziani family recipe, this sauce typically tomato based, and seasoned with garlic, onions and spices.
2) GIOVANNI’S PUTTANESCA:
An aromatic sauce that combines tomatoes, onions, black olives, anchovies, capers, garlic and oregano, simmered with olive oil.
*** LEARN HOW TO WIN 3 JARS OF SAUCE BELOW !
Oh you know we love the sauces at Giovanni’s in Fairborn. And the marinara from Franco’s Italian Ristorante is delightful. Even Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen, and Palermo’s & Troni’s family have their spots in Miami Valley eats. And wow, what about Roost Modern Italian! But in today’s Food Adventure article, we are also going to talk about the local sauces that you can find in jars or cans for your eating pleasure at home.
Chef House, the Big Ragu and of course Hungry Jax know all about homemade spaghetti sauce. It is what we grew up on, it is what we prefer. But sometimes we don’t have 2, 4 or 6 hours to tend to the sauce. Well Chef House always does 🙂 she cray cray..
So when in need, The Big Ragu likes to get local for premade spaghetti sauce. Sometimes in a pinch he cracks open a jar. Whether it is for manicotti to mostaccioli, from eggplant parm to baked ziti. Which local ones are the best? We have the breakdown, so learn from us !
HERE’S THE SKINNY ON THE BEST LOCALLY JARRED SPAGHETTI SAUCES:
1) MAMMA DISALVO’S MARINARA SAUCE:
In Big Ragu’s opinion, this jarred sauce is the closest thing he has found to his family recipe. And the taste is fantastic. The thick tomato sauce is slightly sweet, with chunks of basil and tomatoes. When you heat this sauce, sometimes a little olive oil rises up to the top, just like it is
supposed to…. You don’t need to add a thing to doctor it up. We are going to be honest, the sauce isn’t cheap, but it is worth it. In our list, all heads must bow to this #1 iconic Dayton jarred sauce. Also available in a spicy version, which is second best. Did we mention their incredible house salad dressing for sale in jars too?
2) ANNARINO’S MARINARA SAUCE:
A dark horse squeaks in at #2. The great flavor surprised us and the sauce has a terrific flavor. If you have yet to try this brand, give it a shot. We tried it on spaghetti a couple of times and were really impressed. As much as you can be from jarred sauce (Again, ain’t nothing like the real thing baby). They sell various flavors from mushroom to meat sauce, but we prefer the Marinara.
3) SCHIAVONE’S CANNED MARINARA SAUCE:
This versatile sauce comes in a can, and needs a bit of doctoring up with oregano and basil, then it is perfect. It is a great base sauce for baking pasta dishes. Many of you may remember the fantastic restaurant in Middletown where this sauce originated. Long closed down, only the canned sauce remains as a reminder of that wonderful Italian eatery. Take advantage, and try some of this old school sauce. This is a very basic building block for a great meal.
4) ZAPPIA’S MARINARA SAUCE:
A newer Dayton sauce, this one has a rich taste and good flavor. This family might be known for local car dealerships, but the sauce could eclipse that. It is an old family recipe passed down from Zappia generations back in Italy. Definitely worth a pick-up, if you have not tried this jarred sauce. One of the places it is available for purchase is the Flying Pizza Downtown. Try it, you’ll like it !
6) LAROSA’S MARINARA SAUCE:
The pride of Cincinnati sauces ends the list. From Kings Island to the Kentucky shore, Buddy LaRosa has been wowing the crowds with his sauce for decades. From pizza to pasta, this familiar sauce will have you licking your lips. This basic sauce again is not only great on pasta, but lends itself to baked dishes like lasagna.
There you have it – scoop on Giovanni’s and Dayton’s best local jarred sauces ! Now how about some freebies???
***** WIN 3 FREE JARS OF YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL SAUCE ! *****
Comment below and tell us which local sauce is your favorite and which one you would like to try 3 jars of? You have 7 choices – Giovanni’s, Mama Disalvos, Annarino’s, Schiavone’s, Zappia’s, Capozzi’s or LaRosa’s. One person who comments will be picked at random next Monday (note: if you choose Giovanni’s we have to wait til it is available….).
Feel free to browse the photos below of some of Dayton’s greatest canned spaghetti sauces.
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Thursday, March 9th is National Meatball Day and what better way to celebrate is than to eat some of the Miami Valley’s best meatballs. And that’s exactly what Mamma DiSalvo’s restaurant is challenging you to do.
Join Mamma’s at 1375 East Stroop Road in Kettering on Thursday, March 9th at 6pm for a meatball eating contest! In this first time event contestants are invited to compete to see who can eat the most Saucy Meatballs in just 2 minutes. Sign up to participate or just come watch the fun and cheer on the eaters!
Amelia Robinson, Dayton Daily News
Sallie Taylor, Living Dayton
Kristi Leigh, MIX 107.7
PRIZES FOR THE WINNER:
Supreme bragging rights, Mamma DiSalvo’s Gift Basket & $50 Gift Card, 2nd place $20 Mamma DiSalvo’s gift card
Contestants must be 18 or over, and sign a waiver.
Entry Fee $10, pre-registration required– limited spots available.
Are you a foodie? Then Daytonians, this weekend is your chance to eat, drink and be garlicky all while listening to one of Columbus’ favorite bands, The Danger Brothers. Cooking Demos, beer, garlic eating contest and craft vendors fill out an all star lineup..
Fasten your garlic burps, here we go !!!
HERE’S THE SKINNY:
— WHEN: SUNDAY, JULY 17th from NOON- 8PM
— WHERE: BELLA VILLA HALL – 2625 County Line Rd, Beavercreek
— WHAT ELSE: FREE ADMISSION – FOOD VENDORS – CRAFT VENDORS – BEER TRUCKS
— FREE COOKING DEMOS – inside the Bella Villa Hall Main room
1pm Our own JACKIE SCANLAN aka “HUNGRY JAX” from Food Adventures
3pm Special guest, CHEF ANNE KEARNEY, 2 times James Beard award winner and owner of Rue Dumaine
— GARLIC EATING CONTEST 4:45pm by the stage – Prize money is $100.. can you beat the competition ???
— FREE CONCERT by THE DANGER BROTHERS 5pm – 8 pm – a RARE Dayton appearance by the band you know from Buckeye’s games Hiney Gate Parties on Lane Ave. PARTY ROCK N ROLL at its most fun – HANG ON SLOOPY – Could be the biggest O… H.. I … O chant in Dayton history.
GARLIC FEST FOOD VENDORS:
1) FRICKER’S – We smell garlic chicken on the horizon! Dayton’s chicken experts roll the truck in for some good eats.
2) TEXAS BEEF AND CATTLE CO. – Slow cook BBQ experts on the premises.. We expect garlic rubbed brisket among other slow smoked specialties. Meats! Meats! Meats!
3) GIOVANNI’S – Fairborn’s legendary Italian restaurant brings the garlic eats. Expect some hearty, filling menu items here.
4) SWEET P’S HANDMADE ICE POPS – Fruitty, fresh and COLD. This will cool your hot head and your mouth will thank you.
5) SCRATCH CATERING: Their garlic chicken tenders stole hearts last year. What else do they have in store from Chef Hayden?
6) GYRO PALACE: Huge, gaping gyros loaded with tons of meat, veggies and garlic
tzatziki sauce. Get some !
7) THE HOLY CANNOLI BOOTH – The Italian club is deep frying cannoli and sprinkling chocolate on top. A religious experience in taste!
8) ZOMBIE DOGZ – The king of Dayton’s Food trucks promises 2 never before done flavored hot dogs ! STAY TUNED !
9) RITTERS FROZEN CUSTARD: Cool sundaes loaded with toppings and sauces. If you dont get whip cream on your nose, it doesn’t count.
10) Q FOOD FOR EVERYONE: Bacon wrapped chicken legs, Garlic shrimp and salmon are the possible choices here with BBQ.
11) MOHAWK FREESTYLE GRILL: Garlic Mohawk Burgers and more! More than a mouthful and so juicy. Chef Aaron wont dissapoint you!
12) BOURBON STREET GRILL and CAFE: Spicy chicken or Bourbon Chicken all made with garlic and poured over your choice of rice.
13) MAMMA DISALVOS – Who better to do garlic fest than these guys? We expect garlic pasta and more from this Italian crew.
14) DEEP FRIED HEAVEN – From veggies to garlic pizza fries, these guys are gonna deep fry some delicious specialty items.
15) KOWALSKI HOTS: In upstate New York they say “hots” instead of hot dogs. This guy grills red and white hots, not spicy just hot dogs and brands you can only find in upstate New York. As for garlic sauce or coney sauce.
GARLIC FEST CRAFT VENDORS:
1) THE SPICY OLIVE: Garlic infused olive oil and more flavors ! Fresh Olive oil guaranteed.
2) WEEZY’S GARLIC: Garlic for sale.. health benefits galore
3) COSTCO: Your favorite spot for warehouse deals. If you dont know about them, now’s the chance …
4) SCENTSY: Wickless candles, electric warmers and flavored waxes. Wonderful fragrances.
5) SERVANTHOOD STICHERY: Unique crafts and puzzle lamps. Defintely worth a visit.
6) NERIUM INTERNATIONAL: Age defying skin creams and moisturizers. Look young while eating that garlic item.
7) LOVE HARVEST BODY ART: Face painting. Kids love this stuff and what adult wouldnt look good with some garlic on their cheek.
8) PAINTED HORSE STUDIO: Clay art and hot sauces. A local art teacher and her husband have some unique items for sale.