MAMMA DISALVO'S ITALIAN RISTORANTE
1375 E Stroop Rd, Dayton, OH 45429
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Italian, European, Continental
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Specialties: Holiday Parties, Banquets, Openings, Family Events
Price Range : Average
Take Out: Yes
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We have been going to Mamma's for several years now and it is bar none, my favorite restaurant!!! The food has never been a disappointment. I have read some reviews saying the staff was rude, but I have never been treated unfairly. If you need hand holding this is not the establishment for you, but if you want an authentic Italian family experience....this is the place for you! The food will never disappoint you!
Mamma Disalvo's has long been a staple of the greater Dayton area. The food is beyond reproach, bartenders and drink selection is better than average and wait staff is mediocre. Mamma's also has Earned a reputation for playing favorites when it comes to seating customers.
If you want to feel like a second or third class citizen (even after frequenting an establishment for 20+ years) visit Mamma Disalvo's. Don't be surprised when couple after couple walk in the door, glad hand and are seated before you. First come first serve, yeah right.
In general they are disrespectful and my family will never frequent their establishment again.
If you are looking for a recommendation ask for Doug at Brio. A few miles away but worlds apart. The food is as good or better and Doug (the general manager of Brio at the Greene) is one of the classiest restaurateurs I have ever encountered.
P.S. My user name should read Disappointment. My blind rage had an adverse effect on key strokes/spelling.
The atmosphere is very quaint and close to some of the restaurants we visited in Italy (and "little Italy" in NYC)
The service was great too. We didn't really have to wait to have our drinks refilled, yet the waitress wasn't hovering.
We went around 8PM, so it wasn't crowded, but you could tell everyone was having a great time.
The food....DELICIOUS!!!!!! The bread was warm and fresh.
We had the fried ravioli for our appetizer. It was extremely tasteful and the sauce was as if it was just made!
The salad was wonderfully flavored; although my hubby doesn't care for the oil/vinegar type, but I enjoyed it very much. It was not the normal iceburg lettuce either. Oh and they had shavings of cheese in it...yummy!
I had the Eggplant Rollitini Al Forno. All I can say is OH MY GOSH! EXCELLENT! The size portion was enough to feed two (ooooh lunch tomorrow). I also had a side order of penne pasta. I am VERY fussy about the tenderness of my pasta and have had to send my dinner back at many restaurants...NOT THIS ONE! I explained how I wanted it to the waitress (like I normally do) and it was EXACTLY like I wanted it! BRAVO!
My hubby had the Homemade Gnocchi with sausage & pesto sauce. It was VERY good! He really enjoyed his meal too. It was a decent size portion and he also took some home.
We had NO room for dessert!!
We will definitely will be returning for another meal. You can NOT go wrong...go...enjoy....MANGIA…MANGIA!!
03/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My husband made reservations for our anniversary. After dinner he was taking me to a show at the Schuster. We were dressed nicely and ready for a night on the town. When we arrived at Mamma's we gave the host our name, he looked in his book and told us it would be just a few minutes. The place was packed. After 15 minutes and many people being seated before us my husband asked how much longer. The host said only a few more minutes. Another 15 minutes passed and more people were seated. I asked what the hold up was. The host told us we have to wait just like everyone else! I informed him that we had reservations and wanted to be seated. He then had the nerve to tell me they do not take reservations!!! I saw our last name in the book when we arrived! I asked him for a phone book because at the bottom of their add it said they took reservations. When I went to the host to show him this- he refused to look at it and snatched the book from my hands. I was horrified. I have never been treated like that in my life. I never ate their food but I will never go back. They are a horrible establishment.
11/14/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Mamma di Salvo's dishes out the best Italian food in Dayton. We had gone there as a group after work for a send off dinner and the food was just amazing and a pleasant surprise as well.
Though the deep fried appetizers were not so appetizing, the antipasti was great and had a good blend of cold cuts, artichokes, and peppers.
The wine list was not so extensive and could be improved upon. We ended up ordering the hiuse wine by the glass.
The dinner though was awesome. The sauces were homemade tasty and unique in every aspect. I ordered the eggplant parmigiana (without cheese) which was great but could have done with lesser sauce. Others in our group ordered chicken marsala and clams which I heard were good but a littly too salty. Overall the food was amazing but a little on the saltier side.
The staff was friendly and accomodated 12 of us without reservations (which I forgot to make). I highly recommend reservations as the restaurant is not well equipped for large parties.
11/09/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Mamma DiSalvo's came highly recommended to me as a great Italian eatery. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy it (and I'm not a picky eater by any means!). The waitress was wonderful, as were the other staff members. Unfortunately though, I found the vegetarian lasagna to be extremely salty. Before I visited the restaurant, I stopped by the store and bought their family brand marinara sauce but haven't used it yet to determine if it's a universal problem in their preparation, or if I just had a bad pan of pasta.
01/18/2004Provided by Citysearch -
The best thing about Mamma DI Salvo's Italian Restaurant is the atmosphere. You really feel at home when you walk in. All of the staff are so friendly and warm. The food is exquisite, and the service is timely and friendly also. This is a great place to take a first date or to go as a family. I highly recommend it. Being someone who has been to Italy, this restaurant's atmosphere reminds me of my trip!