Rita's Italian Ice & Frozen Custard is welcoming spring with free frozen ice. (Source: Facebook)

Delizioso!! 3 ways to welcome spring, Italian style, in Dayton

Dreaming of Italy?

Dreaming of spring?

If a trip overseas isn’t in your near future, you have three opportunities this week to experience a little bit of Italy here in the Gem City as we usher in the beginning of spring.

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1. The Italian Happy Hour at Meadowlark

Learn how to make some of the best Italian cocktails with Meadowlark Bar Manager Nik Hunt. The evening will be filled with tasty Italian libations, educational demonstrations and dinner.

Very limited seating with prepaid reserved seats only. Cost is $65 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Reservations required.

Where: Meadowlark, 5531 Far Hills Ave., Washington Twp.

When: Thursday, March 21, 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $65 and advance registration required at (937) 434-4750

More info: Facebook

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2. Rita’s First Day of Spring Free Italian Ice

What better way to welcome spring than with a cool, refreshing treat? Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard in Kettering is offering a FREE limited edition cup of Italian Ice in the available flavor of their choice. Add a custard topping for an additional charge.

Where: Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard, 3371 E. Stroop Road, Kettering

When: Wednesday, March 20, noon to 9 p.m.

More info: Facebook

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Salar Restaurant and Lounge has been closed since a December fire. The restaurant in Dayton Oregon District is celebrating its reopening with event Sept 27 to 30, 2018.
Photo: Amelia Robinson

3. Spring in Italy wine dinner at Salar

Salar restaurant is hosting a five-course “Spring In Italy” wine dinner featuring a bright, Italian-inspired menu built by Chef Margot Blondet and carefully chosen drink pairings.

Where: Salar Restaurant and Lounge, 400 E. Fifth St., Dayton

When: Thursday, March 21, from 6-9 p.m.

Cost: $88 per person (this includes tax and gratuity)

More info: Facebook

Menu for March 21, 2019 Spring in Italy wine dinner at Salar. Source: Facebook
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