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CARAMELLA’S ITALIAN KITCHEN
6204 Wilmington Pike, Kettering
New on the pasta scene, Caramella's boasts a garlic salad reminiscent of the late and great Dominic's of years past. If you have room for dessert, try the in-house Tiramisu. Caramella's also offers a kids menu.
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Caramella's Spaghetti Alle Vongole.
ROOST MODERN ITALIAN
524 E. Fifth St., Dayton
Roost Modern Italian in the Oregon District offers an upscale dining experience and is a great date night spot. Try the Spaghetti e Polpette.
Roost Modern Italian will celebrate its 5th anniversary with a special event on Nov. 16. Photo from Roost Facebook page
FRANCO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO
824 E. Fifth St., Dayton
First established in 1976, Franco's Ristorante Italiano, owned by Franco Germano, makes what might very well be Dayton's best meatballs. They also offer an enticing wine selection.
1375 E. Stroop Road, Kettering
Family-owned and operated since first opening in 1979, Kettering’s Mamma DiSalvo’s has long been a favorite destination of Dayton Italian food fans. Seating is very limited, so get there early!
Mamma DiSalvo's classic spaghetti and meatballs.