The center of the aviation industry in Ohio and the Midwest, Dayton has attracted citizens from many different cultures. As a result, the city’s dining scene is an eclectic fusion of local tradition and international flavor. These ten must-try restaurants define Dayton’s culinary culture, from laid-back bistros and cafes, to innovative food served in luxury settings.
Marion’s Piazza is a Dayton legend. Opened in 1965, the tiny pizza chain has since expanded to nine locations in the Dayton-Cincinnati area, their success achieved by word-of-mouth recommendations and minimal advertising. Voted Dayton’s best pizza 33 times, Marion’s is a local staple and offers a variety of thin-crust pizzas all cut in their signature small squares. Additionally, the pizzeria is famous for its 1965 price promotion: once every five years, for one day only, Marion’s offers its pizza for the original 1965 prices of $0.80 for a small and $2.50 for a large. Celebrity diners have included Henry Winkler, Sally Field and native Daytonian Rob Lowe.
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