I am a 40+ Dayton lifer. I noted the following message with great amazement:
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Hurumph, DAYTON style pizza?
Ok, here is the absolute inviolate truth on the matter.
The style of pizza that I THINK is being discussed on these threads is extremely thin, "blister crust" pizza. IE, the pizza dough is so thin and the pizza oven's stone is so hot that the crust literally bubbles underneath the sauce.
Cassano's made a wonderful blister crust pizza back in the 60s and early 70s. I recall the price of a small (not individual size, that marketing concept had not been invented yet) pepperoni being about $1.25 in 1968 currency.
I lost contact with Cassano's in the late 70s and much of the 80s, due to moves out of the area. In high school I had a dalliance with the great "Flying Pizza" of N. Main Street. (Flying Pizza sells the large, thick NY style single slices similar to those that John Travolta folds over and wolfs down in "Saturday Night Fever".)
Today, the only pizza in the region that I've tried that approaches the mouthfeel and overall quality of vintage Cassano's is Ron's pizza. There is a Ron's in Springboro (just west of Drug Mart), another on W. Franklin in Centerville (near Hooter's, and two doors down from a Flying Pizza branch.) There are other area locations but I can't speak authoritatively on those.
The crust blistering is not QUITE as pronounced as older Cassano's. This is probably owing to the heavier topping of cheese and sauce that Ron's uses to grace this culinary work of art.
As to Cassano's - my wife and I tried one at the new location in Lebanon a couple of years ago. Nondescript pizza, at best. We never went back.
And Marions's - this is a close runner up to Ron's, but IMO suffers from lack of seasoning of the sauce (they appear to spoon straight tomato paste onto their pizzas.) Respectable, just not the "best" in my book.
Donato's? A mega-corporate emulation of decent thin crust pizza. Too salty, and too "too". And too darn expensive. (Did I mention that Ron's is a great value for what you actually get? One family size pizza can feed, nay stuff two of us plus provide about 5 generous meals of leftovers.)
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