Ron’s Pizza is a chain that you would recognize around Dayton with several locations having come and gone. It’s got a few names, Ron’s Pizza House, Ron’s Pizza Tavern, Ron’s Pizza and Ribs, and so forth. The original Ron’s Pizza, which is located in Miamisburg, has been operating since 1964, as a much-loved bar and pizza parlor that celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014. The pizza is as close to what I’d call “Dayton Style” as you can get pizza. Really, it’s a great tradition and a place that’s worth a visit.
A pizza in this spot is a great experience. It’s actually referred to as “Columbus-style pizza” for its roots in central Ohio. This kind of pizza is served on a very thin, very crispy crust and cut into squares; it’s generally found all over Ohio nowadays and I occasionally see people calling it ‘Dayton-style Pizza.” The crust is blackened on the edge and it’s crispy as a cracker. It’s not too sweet or salty, and a perfect base to be topped with a sweet tomato sauce, just a little bit of it, then the toppings. There are dozens of toppings that you can put on the pizza. No matter the size, it’s a fantastic experience.
Other items on the menu are sort of pub grub combinations, with burger and sandwiches and some other things. I was especially a fan of the wings, they’re a smaller version of the bone-in chicken wing, fried with a very crispy outside and drizzled with one of several basic sauces. I tried barbecue, always a favorite, and it’s exceptional. Just a little bit of heat but a lot of sweetness. In all it’s a good experience.
The bar is a pretty big spot, and it’s got a few sides to it, with one being a pretty general restaurant area, and another with a large indoor bar to entertain. The’res also a big patio out back which is packed with people during the warm months. It’s pretty full on the weekends, especially attracting locals and a crowd of 30s and 40s folks. A great atmosphere, and really the food is very charming.
Dayton institutions are great. There are a lot of new restaurants opening up in town, and a lot of flashy, high-profile places in town. But the quiet spots, the ones the locals love to frequent for their good food and friendly experience, are the spots that really rock.
- The pizza is great, Columbus-style, and it’s crispy and delicious, whehter you get an individual one-topping or you go for the works.
- The patio in the back is fantastic.
- Go for the wings if you don’t like pizza.