Bandanas Italian Eatery

2200 Central Ave, Middletown
(513) 422-9922

Recent Reviews


I wish I had taken pictures, but once our food was out all we could do was stuff our faces-it was that good. Everything comes looking so amazing, but tastes even better. Our server, Kady, was very sweet and gave us some great recommendations. We will DEFINITELY be back. This place has the closest sauce to our Italian relatives, which is a huge compliment. If you haven’t already, go visit this amazing spot!!!

sara luptowski

Such coolness! Spaghetti western?! Too cute, and originally delish. Great menu, nice staff and ambiance. Check them out. Don’t know if they have dessert.

Crystal Herget

Absolutely fantastic!! The husband and I drove by this place for a while and made fun of the name lol. But tonight decided to give it a try, walked in and found my friend from west Central wine running the place! Fantastic wine list and phenomenal food! I swear they have a tiny angry Italian grandma cooking the food in the back?Staff is beyond excellent! Just like west central wine the atmosphere is calm and relaxed and fun at the same time. They sat a family with kids next to us AND THEY WERE CALM LOL! will definitely be back!

Kd Large

Our first time ordering from Bandanas but it won’t be our last time. We ordered the 5-layer lasagna, dinner salad with house made sweet & sour dressing and the appetizer Cheesy Bread. Everything was so delicious. A great local restaurant.

Timothy Carberry

Bandanas have a very good menu to choose from and the choice is hard to decide. I love their pizzas and their salads. Then, look at the sandwiches that are offered and great amount of pasta dishes. I like the servers and they are very friendly people. I hope you will try it!!!!!!!!!!

King Tuckdog

I've driven by this place several times over the past year or two, but always seemed to miss them. They are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Sadly, I got my chance to go here and I was disappointed. I really really wanted this place to be a hidden gem. It's an Italian eatery with a Western theme. I guess it's a spaghetti western sort of deal? Anyway, they had 3 beers on draft. A short cost us $5. They serve you soda in a can with a glass of ice for $2. The mushrooms (see below) cost $8.25. It's 4 white mushrooms with a sausage crumble mix. They were topped with parmesean and balsamic vinegar. Most of the ingredients fall out when you take a bite. The taste was alright but nothing astounding. Our meals came with side salads and garlic Italian dressing. Also, a small basket of garlic bread strips. For the meal, we got the Chicken Marsala (pictured below) and the Timber Rattler pasta. The Marsala had a few issues. First, it had fresh sliced mushrooms that were al dente. Basically, they were still mostly raw. The marsala sauce was like a very thin gravy and had a noticeable balsamic vinegar taste. The chicken was breaded and well cooked but wasn't very seasoned. The Timber rattler pasta was a rigatoni dish with some sausage crumbles and sliced bell peppers. It also had a thin creamy Alfredo or bechamel sauce. It also comes with a "bite" which is a Tabasco type sauce you can add into the pasta to liven it up. The pasta didn't have a great deal of flavor. It wasn't bad but I resorted to mixing a good deal of the "bite" in to help it out. It was alright. The portion sizes were alright but not large. Our bill for 2 came out to be a little over $60. So, value for the food was a bit overpriced. All that aside, there were positives. The staff were very nice and polite. The atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable. The food was hot and fresh. The front of the restaurant definitely has appeal. They do serve a variety of wood fired pizzas that you can carry out. I hope to order some pizzas one day and give them another shot. Maybe I just got the wrong thing on the wrong night?

Lindsay Sheckler

We came across this place by chance while visiting for a soccer tourney. What a great experience! FABULOUS service, unique atmosphere, and great food. The chicken parmesan was the best I've ever had. Will find a reason to come back to Middletown just for Bandanas!

Jennifer Kauffman

The idea of a spaghetti western themed bar & restaurant was lost on me at first, but now that I've been here it's definitely on my list of favorite places - both for going out with my boyfriend and for entertaining out of town folks.We had the meatballs, the Nenni family sausage plate, and split a gluten free crust pizza.The gluten free crust was unremarkable - their regular crust promises to be hand-pressed so I think next time we'll splurge and get the gluten. Everything else was awesome - our server Kate was lovely and the flavors were fantastic. Kate was also awesome with cocktail and bourbon suggestions and we were in absolutely no danger of going thirsty.

Marlana Miller

Fantastic Gem!This is a beautiful blend of Authentic Italian Cuisine with a Casual Dining Experience. We found the portions to be quite large even though some reviews state the opposite. The food was fresh while the service was fast and attentive.

Kim Brewer

Food was okay. I found the chicken parm had ham on it, made it salty and was an odd mix with the marinara. Husband ordered lasagna. It was made primarily with sausage. Stuffed mushrooms were good. Found the decor a bit strange for an Italian eatery. Service was okay but won't likely return.

Diana Markert

Definitely will not going back. Service was good... Prices are to high and portions are very small. I've had better Italian food at Olive Garden.The cowboy theme?? Just don't understand what that has to do with Italian food. Will not recommend anybody to go there.

Debbie S

Food and service were above expectations. Please visit locally owned establishments. Owners also own West Central Wine, another great place to visit.

Stephanie Acosta

Bandanas is a great addition to Middletown! The aesthetic is great, I love the spaghetti western idea. During dinner they do pizzas and you can see the wood fire oven in the works! I ordered the pasta piccata with chicken and it was delicious! Just the right amount of lemon and a good portion. I sampled my partner’s rigatoni and that was equally good. We also had some meatballs and garlic bread that were so good that I’m already wanting more! The staff was friendly and our server was very friendly and really patient and attentive to our large party. I will definitely be coming in every time I’m in town!

Stephanie Acosta

Everything on the menu sounded so good it was hard to choose! All the food I tried was delicious and a good portion. Staff was super friendly and the atmosphere is really cool!

Ginger L Hollon


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