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6 of the best places to eat before a Fraze Pavilion show

When it comes to grabbing a meal before a concert, time is of the essence. That’s why we put together this list of our six favorite Kettering destinations near the Fraze Pavilion for dinner before a show. Just be sure to watch your time and plan well! 

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🍴Figlio 

This restaurant located toward the back of the Town and Country shopping center in Kettering offers various seating options for groups large and small. Seating is available at the bar, in the dining room, in a large private party room, in a four-season room that allows you to see outdoors but not feel the effects and a nice large square high top in the middle of the dining room that allows a larger party to talk and enjoy dinner a little bit more effortlessly. 

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There are plenty of pizzas, pastas, great salads and tasty appetizers like the Prince Edward Island Mussels appetizer ($12) steamed in a jalapeno tomato butter broth served with toasted crusty bread. In addition to a robust wine list and beer selection, there is a list of classic martinis ($8) and a newer OYO Stonefruit martini made with OYO vodka, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, Cointreau, almond essence and muddled orange ($9). 

Location: 424 E. Stroop Road, Kettering 

Contact: www.figliopizza.com or 937-534-0494 

Read a full review of Figlio’s from our news partners at Dayton Daily News. 

Figlio's Wild Mushroom with Polenta, their most popular starter, with wild mushrooms in Marsala cream sauce served with two lightly sauteed polenta rounds. (Teesha McClam)

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🍴Mamma DiSalvo Risturante 

Rinaldo and Elena DiSalvo opened Mamma DiSalvo’s restaurant on July 8, 1979 serving up authentic family recipes from the Abruzzi Molise region in Italy. That from-scratch cooking is still being served up 36 years later. If you’re looking for some amazing Italian food pre-show, Mamma has a dish you’re looking for. 

Mamma DiSalvo's famous lasagna. 

Location: 1375 E. Stroop Road, Kettering 

Contact: www.mammadisalvo.com or 937-299-5831 

🍴Arepas and Co. 

Arepas and Co. specializes in Colombian comfort food. Most of the dishes are gluten-free and all are delicious. Arepas are savory white cornmeal patties stuffed with fillings and sauce. The Colombian Platter is a great way to make an introduction to this wonderful food variety and get ready for an exciting night filled with surprises. 

Arepas & Co's Arepa Choclo and patacon con todo. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)

Location: 1122 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering 

Contact: www.arepasandco.us or 937-503-5192 

🍴MCL Restaurant 

Old-school cafeteria dishes and baked goods served up cafeteria style? Count us in. It’s jokingly referred to as the Medicare Lounge, but if you go, you’ll see it’s for whippersnappers too with hot, delicious food served up to order with very little waiting involved. 

Getting in line at MCL Restaurant and Bakery starts with the salads. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen

Location: 4485 Far Hills Ave., Kettering 

Contact: mymclmeal.com or 937-299-6605 

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🍴Troni’s Pizza & Restaurant

Troni’s is a family owned and operated pizza restaurant in Kettering, specializing in huge, New York-style pizza slices. While you’re waiting for your fresh-baked pizza to finish, their garlic knots are insanely popular with regulars. 

As everyone knows, pizza can be classy or casual, and is always a perfect option before an evening or afternoon of listening to good music. 

Troni's Pizza and Restaurant in Kettering is a family owned business. Pictured are Sami Troni (center) with his wife Nizafet (left) and daughter Hanife (right). (Lisa Powell/Lisa Powell/Dayton Daily News)

Location: 1314 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering 

Contact: tronis.business.site or 937.643.9921

🍴Roost Events

Roost Events, the restaurant adjacent to Fraze Pavilion, will offer regular dinner service for at least 29 concerts and other events this season.

“We will be serving classic American fare with some Roost favorites:  Blackened Salmon, Truffle Fries, Grilled Artichokes and Crab Mac ‘n’ Cheese,” Roost owner Dana Downs said. A full bar will be available.

Roost will offer diners two separate seatings on its patio, which is a popular destination on show nights: one before the show, for those who have tickets and will be attending the performance, and one as the concert starts, for those who will be listening to music from the patio.

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Park City Club, a new restaurant by Roost Modern Italian chef/owner Dana Downs, is more than an excuse to visit Lincoln Park Boulevard in or out of Fraze season: it's a downright requirement. A soft opening featuring a limited menu occurred over Thanksgiving weekend, where new patrons indulged in savory dishes like a pickled shrimp cocktail, corned bread and "maque choux," and several varieties of delicious pizza. Park City Club, 580 Lincoln Park Blvd. in Kettering, opens for dinner service Dec. 1. VIVIENNE MACHI / STAFF

Location: 580 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

Contact: Roost Restaurants or (937) 222-3100

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