That local place with Atlantic City Subs and Pizza has turned 50. This is today’s Milano’s.
It is hardly recognizable today from the original Milano’s on Brown Street. Gone are the old ovens and the standing room only lobby where you had to wait for you name to be called to grab your sub. Today’s Milano’s is now a family friendly sports pub with a quite substantial menu and beer list.
There are now 3 locations in the Miami Valley.
The Milano’s on Brown Street remains and in years past, stores were added in Miamisburg on 741 and in Beavercreek near the Fairfield Commons Mall. But, Dayton Originals like THE FOOD ADVENTURES CREW remember when there was only one Milano’s on Brown Street. Purists will tell you, the subs tasted better then, because the old ovens were ‘seasoned’ from years of spices burnt into the baking area. Whether you love the “old school, dirty Milano’s”, or the “clean, modern Milano’s”, you can’t deny that this has been one of the most popular eateries in the Miami Valley for 50 years now.
How did all begin ?
HERE’S THE SKINNY on MILANO’S :
— Founded in 1969 by Ron Woods and partners after visiting a restaurant in Lima, Ohio named Milano’s. They loved the food so much, they opened a place in Dayton the next year and decided to name it Milano’s.
— Sold to ThreeWitt Enterprises( David Fisher, John Slaughenhaupt and Eric Lundgren) in 2002, they revamped Brown Street location in 2005. Opened 2 more restaurants in 2008 in Beavercreek and Miami Township (St Rt 741).
— Sports lovers paradise with huge HD TV’s around the restaurant and bar.
— All-American style menu with subs, pizza and craft beer selections
— Family Friendly atmosphere with an arcade area that kids enjoy
— Great outdoor patio dining area for enhanced fun on good weather days, and it smells better than Atlantic City.
MUST EATS at MILANO’s:
A little known fact is that the calzones are great at Milano’s. Whatever ingredients you get, there is plenty of mozzarella cheese inside to cope with, so use that marinara dipping sauce.
— THE ATLANTIC CITY ITALIAN SUB:
Capicola, and 2 types of salami topped with provolone cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, oil, and spices. There is an option on this sub where they bake the sub and add pizza sauce. This is what makes the sandwich, so get the baked option with sauce!
We think the sauce is tangy and tasty, so no matter what the toppings, you will have yourself a good “Situation.” The crust is made from scratch, daily. Try it for yourself and let us know what you think.
— THE MEATBALL SUB:
Have yourself a meatball day and dive into this saucy little number. This sub is filling, fun, a tad messy, but worth every bite.
Try this creamy Italian dessert. It is worth saving room for this dessert. A delicate coffee soaked lady finger bottom, topped with creamy whipped middle and chocolate drizzled topping.
The generous order of Garlic bread with Cheese is huge.
The Cheesesteak sub is also worth a try, get extra mayo.
Milano’s has decent side salads that go well with any main event. They also have a reasonably priced kids menu. Be warned, this place gets busy during peak lunch and dinner times.
Just in the mood for a beer? The inviting bar area always has some ‘off the wall’ choices on tap or in bottles. It is a great place to unwind with a cold one.
If you are one of the few who hasn’t tried Milano’s, or you are new to the Dayton area, take a night and check this spot out. Go for our “must eats” and see if you enjoy their Atlantic City tastes.
***HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY TO MILANO’S !***
For the record, the Big Ragu, whose last name is Milano, has nothing to do with ownership of the restaurant. Please browse through our photo album below for some amazing pics from our Food Adventures to Milano’s.