Pacchia in Dayton, Ohio Good (not so much)
Paccia is a fusion restaurant located in the Oregon District of Dayton, Ohio. The restaurant has a bar, jazz music, and a cafe. Over the past 6 has gone through and ownership change.
In September of '07 I probably had my finest dining experience ever in Dayton at Paccia.
It was my girlfriends birthday and the food (strip steak) was excellent (no fat, tender, med. rare). The service was great. I was with a party of eight. The server was quick, friendly, and attentive. The manager on duty gave us the most expensive dessert (chocolate sampler plate) as a kind gesture for the birthday girl.
Fast forward to the second week in July, new ownership and new chef. I frequent the coffee shop or cafe because of its locations and hours. I hadn't ate there since last year and though it would be time to try it again. Wow, what a shock. I ate dinner there on Friday night at around 6:30. There was only 3 other tables in the entire restaurant. It was empty. Second they had changed the menu. The prices were lower. The average dropped from $25-30 down to $15-$25.
My creature of habit came out and I got the strip steak ($23) again which was about $5 less than last time. My girlfriend got a pasta dish with red sauce for around $16. Well, I don't know about her food, but my steak was overcooked and I found part of it too be chewy.
It came with an awesome herb butter, potato cakes, and carrots.
Also another big change was the selection of beer. Pacchia used to have around 75 beers to choose from and now they only have about 10-15. This was really disappointing.
Our server was really awkward and at times rambled on a little too much. I know that fine dining with a casual atmosphere seems to be popular these days, but this was a sub par experience and the food was not as good as under the previous owner. If you decide to eat a Pacchia, good luck.
I prefer CoCo's for the money. Take care.
Our experiences at Pacchia have been uneven, at best. The one menu item that we've always loved (and ordered the 4 or 5 times we've been there) is the portabella "fries". Do you recall if those are still on the menu?
I agree that CoCo's a better choice; in fact we ate there for restaurant week on Tues night (meals were $20.08 and included salad, entree with sides, and dessert). Everything we had was really good!