As a bookend to the Oregon District, Franco’s Ristorante Italiano foregoes the more modern feel or nightlife option of many of its counterparts in order to be more of a classic nicer Italian dining establishment. Chief on the menu are pastas of just about all kinds in just about any way you would like them. Distinctly more low-key than many of the other places in this part of town, but no less quality to be sure. That said, the food is good, the professionalism of the staff is top notch and the price points really aren’t that bad. Franco’s would be an experience best shared with a few friends or maybe a date.
On its face, Wheat Penny is one of the newest pizza places in Dayton, but this downtown stop near the Oregon District strives to be much more. It’s the brainchild of local restaurateur Elizabeth Wily and capitalizes on the innovation of the kitchen seen at the successful Meadowlark restaurant in Kettering. With a slightly different feel and a whole different focus — not only good pizza, but interesting and creative preparation for vegetables — Wheat Penny has moved in on the Wayne Avenue restaurant scene in a big way, and in spite of exceptional competition in its proximity, this new concept delivers.
With over 40 locations throughout the central and eastern United States, Bravo! Cucina Italiana is an upscale, semi-fine dining experience offering classic Italian cuisine in a friendly and lighthearted atmosphere. The restaurants are few and far between – typically even the largest cities have only one. But what Bravo! does not posses in market saturation, it certainly makes up for with delicious flavors. It’s an upscale place to take a date or a family, and the restaurant chain’s colorful, elaborate restaurants can frequently be found around major shopping centers and upscale commercial districts.