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Longo's Restaurant
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63 posts
Sep 19, 2007
9:13 AM
Does anyone remember a restaurant from the 40s and 50s called Longo's? My parents were friends of the owners and I still use the marinara sauce recipe to this day.
64 posts
Sep 19, 2007
4:13 PM
Thanks so much for the information! The spaghetti sauce is awesome. It was one of my parents' favorite spots. I'd love to see a photo copy of that menu! Can I obyain it from you someway? My email is Thanks so much!!!
66 posts
Sep 20, 2007
11:25 AM
icsalum ... I'm actually going to be doing a little exploring this weekend, looking for some of my parents' old haunts. Does the menu you have show an adress for Longo's? Thanks so much!!!
5 posts
Sep 21, 2007
6:45 AM
JEFFN - the address was 1301 E. Third st.
67 posts
Sep 21, 2007
11:29 AM
Thanks so much for the info! What all was on the menu? My mom really loved going there.
70 posts
Sep 25, 2007
1:12 PM
It looks like the building that once housed Longo's is long gone. There is no 1301 East Third Street anymore!
83 posts
Nov 26, 2007
12:52 PM
If anyone has any old Longo's menus for sale or can photocopy one, I'd appreciate it! Thanks!
Mike C
12 posts
Dec 24, 2007
9:46 AM
I ate at Longo's years ago. If you'd like to share the sauce recipe contact me at Thanks I'd really appreciate this recipe. I like the older ones. Theybring back such wonderful memories.
104 posts
Mar 09, 2008
11:28 AM
Anyone else have any photos, menus, etc., from Longo's I could purchase photocopies of? Thanks.
3 posts
Mar 16, 2008
10:15 AM
I have a xerox from Longos ad in the city directory. Its pretty funny, actually. "Where the famous people and movie stars eat in Dayton", with a small pix of the restuarant and the owner.
1 post
Mar 16, 2008
1:05 PM
There was also a Longo's Twinkle Inn at the corner of St. Charles and Glen Rd (now John Glenn Rd.) where John Glenn meets Linden Ave. It was bulit sometime in the mid 50's.
1 post
Mar 27, 2008
7:49 PM
The owner was my great,great,grandpa!no lie
2 posts
Mar 27, 2008
7:54 PM
my great.great, grandpa was a nice guy!
114 posts
Mar 28, 2008
1:17 PM
Dustin ... I think my parents were friends of the Longos back in the 40s and 50s. He gave his recipe to my mom and use it to this day!
3 posts
Apr 21, 2008
3:34 PM
The owners of longo's on third street and the owners of the twinkle inn were brothers !!!!!!!
21 posts
Sep 17, 2008
5:43 AM
Jeff, my wife made it to the T.. It was awesome.I think my wife got jealous cause it was better then hers. Thanks, BigBob..
156 posts
Sep 19, 2008
9:12 AM
Bob - I'm so glad! It is a great recipe. It's ruined me for trying to eat sauce out in restaurants because it's one thing I can always make better in my own kitchen.

Do you remember Longo's at all? Did it compare?
24 posts
Sep 19, 2008
9:57 AM
Jeff. i don't remember the place but it was worth the wait to try it.. Thanks again, BigBob..
4 posts
Oct 20, 2008
10:46 AM
Jeffn the building is not standing anymore .they tore it down
159 posts
Oct 20, 2008
2:56 PM
Dustin ... I was looking for it on a recent trip and couldn't figure out where it would be. It was my late parents' favorite place to eat back in the 40s and 50s, I would guess.
1 post
Jan 18, 2009
12:52 PM
I grew up in South Dayton and had a girlfriend whose parents were friends with Biggie Longo. They used to bring home a gigantic cheese pizza that I can taste to this day. I have never tasted anything like it since. Perhaps it was that secret marinara sauce, but I believe it was more to do with the cheese. Does anyone remember their pizza or have the secret that made it so unforgetable?
Donna Gibson
11 posts
Jan 18, 2009
3:38 PM
Pat - Biggie Longo, who owned The Twinkle Inn, was the brother of Tommy Longo, the owner of Longo's Restaurant on Third Street. We were neighbors of Biggie and had neighborhood picnics is their backyard in the summer. He and his wife always had lots of good food in addition to what the neighbors brought. I ate my first artichokes at their house one night when I was invited for dinner.
173 posts
Jan 19, 2009
10:31 AM
They must've shared some recipes because I have the marinara sauce recipe. It's tremendous ... my mom cherished it for years.
2 posts
Jan 20, 2009
8:10 PM
Funny how food can bring you "home". I've lived in Iowa (in a one stoplight town) for 18 years now, but all this talk brings me right back to my childhood, and the fond memories I have of growing up in Dayton!
6 posts
Jul 17, 2012
9:39 PM
My mother was a friend of Twinkle longo, so I'm pretty sure Longo's spaghetti house on east third sreet and The Twinkle Inn were owned by the same family. It's been over 50 years, but I loved Longo's on East 3rd St.
8 posts
Jul 23, 2012
6:59 PM
I worked at GE Supply and we use to go to Longos for lunch.
2 posts
Aug 08, 2012
12:36 PM
In 1966 my husband and I ate at the Twinkle Inn after our wedding reception and right before we left for our honeymoon. I was trying to think of the name of the restaurant and just yesterday morning remembered it and did an online search for Twinkle Inn, not really thinking I would find anything. Just recently I have been to the location, at first not knowing it was the same place. It was an emotional deja vuh when I discovered that it was the same restaurant building. The posts above confirm that it is the same place because of the location on Linden Ave and the streets that come together there. I am so glad that these posts were made so that I could be sure without a doubt.
1 post
Sep 24, 2012
9:38 AM
I cannot believe I found this! My Dad has talked about Longo’s as long as I can remember. Is there anyone here willing to share the recipe for the spaghetti sauce? I would love to make it for him, I think that would be a great surprise for him!
1 post
Oct 05, 2012
8:58 AM
Longo's spagetti house was owned by my mom's Uncle Tom Longo. Had the best spagetti in town.
2 posts
Oct 05, 2012
9:01 AM
Yes a Longo did own the nursing facility, he just passed away last year or this year. His wife Nancy is still living. I believe they lived in Florida.
Twinkle's Inn was a really good place to eat, Twinkle use to be the head of the Italian festival that they have here every year also. They are my mom's cousins.
424 posts
Oct 18, 2012
12:00 AM
I still use the sauce recipe my mom got from Tom Longo years ago. I'd be glad to share with anyone who is interested. I need to get back on this blog more. It had been awhile!
392 posts
Oct 18, 2012
6:41 AM
JeffN... Nice to see you back. I've noticed several have visited far less than before. I was preparing to leave also.It isn't the same anylonger.I'll hang in for a little while. Good to see you back ol' timer.
425 posts
Oct 19, 2012
12:52 AM
Thanks hunt! I'm going to try to make it back more often.
Paul t
1 post
Oct 26, 2012
8:30 PM
I would like to have the recipe for longo's spaghetti sauce. Does anyone have that recipe and could you send it to me? I was a bread man for White's bakery in Dayton and used to deliver Bread and sweet rolls to the Longo family's house Every Friday I would smell the sauce every time I delivered there. One morning when I delivered they sat me down to a plate of meatballs and sauce and bread that I will never forget !!!!
Thank you
428 posts
Nov 15, 2012
9:43 PM
Paul: Drop me a line and I'll get it to

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