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Stefano's Italian Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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2200 Central Ave, Middletown, OH 45044-4604 (Monroe)
+1 513-422-9922
Tue - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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Centerville, Ohio
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were looking for a place to eat and saw the sign for Stefano's advertising wood-fired pizza. It was a blustery night and Italian food sounded like a good idea. Walking in the ambience was perfect. Beautiful back bar with patrons in each stool greeted us. We were given a choice to sit in the main dining room which was... More 

Thank Buckeye937469
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49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Before attending a concert on the Miami U campus in Middletown we wanted a meal a step above the national chain restaurants and found it at Stefano's. Their menu had the usual array of pizzas and pastas but they also had daily specials not on the menu but just for that day. I got the fruitti di mare which was... More 

Thank BallardSimone
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Give it one try and i bet you love it! Try the "strongIsland iced tee"!!! If dinner time you might try a secret offering called the "Steve special". Just don't go on Monday! (closed)

Thank Craig M
Monroe, Ohio
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Loved the wood fired pizza. Nice variety of menu items. Good selection of drinks and service was great.

Thank nivins32
Greater Cincinnati
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Stopped on a whim for an early dinner and was not disappointed in any way. Food excellent and service by Chris was absolutely outstanding. Wife had Meat Lasagne while I had Seafood Special on Linguini. Pasta was firm and not the normal soggy seen in most restaurants. Sauce was just spicy enough to remind me of east coast Sicilian sauce.

Thank Steve K
Summerville, SC
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

If you want great food, prepared correctly, this is the place. Many restaurants have come and gone, but this one has always delivered! The food is great and the company is just as good. Take you time, eat slowly, and enjoy!

Thank John C
Middletown, Ohio
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Steve runs the oldest Italian restaurant in town. The atmosphere is inviting and social. The service is always good. Often the waiter will call us by name. Steve can often be seen in local groceries buying what is fresh to use in his recipes. The salads, the bread, the dinners are always good. But the wood fired pizza is very... More 

Thank chris n
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67 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

In order to charge this kind of money, the food needs to be better than average, the interior needs a remodel, and the patio for nonsmokers needs to be as cute as the patio for smokers. The wait staff needs to be in uniforms, not sweat pants.

Thank 837kelleyd
Ohio City, Ohio
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

The family and I tried this place last week. They do not offer a lot for the kids and do not have kids meals. However, for the adults it is AMAZING! The food is so good and Authentic Italian. Great place for a date, but not a family night with kids.

Thank Robert T
Quincy, Illinois
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163 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016 via mobile

haven't been here for over ten years and I can't figure out why it took so long to get back. this place was fantastic. here are a few pros and cons to help you with decision. Pros 1. location on Central Avenue offered great access to and from this place. 2. taste of food was fantastic 3. value of food... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Italian, Delicatessen
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2200 Central Ave, Middletown, OH 45044-4604
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Butler County  >  Middletown
  • Phone Number: +1 513-422-9922
Stefano's is THE place to go for authentic Italian in historic Middletown.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?