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Rediscovering Dayton: Cassano’s Pizza

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Welcome to “Rediscovering Dayton,” a new series I’m starting on my blog to highlight the special things the Miami Valley has to offer. Whether I am revisiting places I knew long ago — like this — or trying out things to come to the area while I was working elsewhere, I think it’s going to be a lot of fun!

We’re starting with an old classic, something quintessentially Gem City: Cassano’s!

First a confession: Cassano’s is one of those things I had no idea was “local” when I was growing up in Cedarville.

I mean it seems way too fancy and official to be based in the place I grew up, right?

Maybe I’m the only one who thought that way as a youngster, but it is. I felt the same way about Esther Price chocolates. Surely everyone has those, right? Look at that fancy gold box!

Anyway, we didn’t eat out a lot when I was growing up, but I’m sure I had “The Pizza King” more than a few times.

How does it compare now to then?

I would say not much has changed.

I really didn’t remember the crust being THAT thin, but our food guru Mark Fischer, another proud Greene County native, assures me it was.

I do, of course, remember the salty taste hidden beneath every piece of Cassano’s, and the pepperoni, sauce and cheese all seem the same to me.

I have made a few visits to local establishments, and I love the décor and the vibe of the one on Brown Street. The new one on Dayton-Yellow Springs Road is much the same, though smaller.

I found that they have good lunch specials, although the price is better than the portion. On the bright side, I guess that leave room (and a little cash) for one of the appetizers I’m sure is new in the past couple of decades.

Don’t drop into a Cassano’s at lunch time if you’re starving, either, because there will be a bit of a wait even if no one is there, but I guess that’s to be expected with any traditional pizza joint.

(Have I been spoiled by Rapid Fired Pizza? Well, I’m sure they’ll be a subject of a future post…)

So, regarding Cassano’s… Will I be back? You bet.

Sometimes nothing beats a good pizza, and I want to try their wings and stuffed breadsticks.

BONUS POINTS: They still have the make-it-yourself pizza packs at the stores – yep, the same ones we and I’m sure many others sold as fundraisers for peewee football and related activities – but I resisted the urge to buy any. This time.

I’ve got a long list of things to try again or for the first time, but if you have any suggestions feel free to send them along to marcus.hartman@coxinc.com. And this won’t be just food. I’m looking for historic sites, fun activities, etc. 


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