Thursday, June 18, 2009

Eating at Savona Restaurant in Centerville, Ohio

I recently went to a restaurant I have never been to in the Dayton area. It's called Savona, and it is located on 48 near where 48 crosses 725. Why am I mentioning this? There aren't nearly enough non-chain restaurants in the Dayton area. That, and I totally ruined my diet for the day when we went there.

What's Cool About Savona
  • Every second Wednesday of the month they have a wine tasting. $20 per person. And you get appetizers
  • They seem to stress their "Small Plates". I had the Chicken Pot Pie and it was really fabulous.
  • They take some risks with their food. A risk in Dayton, well that's not saying much really. But you'll know what I mean when you eat there.
  • Wait staff seems very cool - we had the most witty waitress. She didn't bat an eyelash at all when she asked us how many people we had and my husband responded "Two, but we're planning on asexually dividing later." She just rolled with it.
What's Not So Cool
  • Cuts of meat weren't great, specifically chicken - both my husabnd and I had chicken in our dishes that reminded us of the type of chicken you get at mall food court Chinese fast food. It wasn't THAT bad, but it was close. They rely heavily on the flavor of their dish to cover this, we think. And they cover it very well.
  • Very dark atmosphere. This isn't bad, it's just a little pretentious. But the waitress had such a good sense of humor it balanced it very well.

What We Ate
  • Asparagus Tempura - Tempura was a little soggy and the sauce tasted more like a mustard wassabi. Could have been better
  • Chicken Pot Pie - Fantastic! I loved it. Very heavy on the Rosmary. Could have been better if the cuts of chicken were better.
  • Free Range Chicken "Cajun Style" - Very good spice on on this! Again, chicken could have been better. Nice flavor though.
  • Carmelized Apple Creme Brulee - They put apple and carmel on the bottom, then the custard, then burned sugar on top. BEST DESERT IN DAYTON I have had in a LONG time.

Over All
We will be returning. I'm telling you so that if you're local you'll check it out. It's worth a visit.