Offering a laid-back spot for families to bond over a board of all-American fare, Forestiere's Place serves grill-graced creations to scores of casual carnivores. For starters, share some bruschetta ($6.99) or mozzarella sticks ($5.99) with your kilted clan of Scottish immortals while perusing the grilled entrees. The 7 oz. hamburger ($5.25) happily accepts cheese ($0.50 extra) and bacon ($0.75 extra) hop-ons, while Forestiere's special ($6.95) dots the eatery's renowned homemade Italian sausage with sweet Italian peppers and onions. Unlike most traditional rib joints and daycare centers, Forestiere's Place boasts a collection of high-end wines, giving diners the rare opportunity to pair a barbecue chicken-thigh plate ($9.99) with the berries, spices, and oak nuances of the Josh Cellars North Coast cabernet ($8/glass, $26/bottle) or offset the savory tri-tip tacos ($7.99) with the full-bodied peach, pear, yellow apple, and crème brûlée undertones of the Sebastiani chardonnay ($7/glass, $26/bottle). Bottled and draft beers are also available for more hops-happy diners.
Though pizza and beer are a time-honored combination, BC's Pizza & Beer puts a new spin on the tradition with innovative pizzas and an abundance of uncommon beers. As its chefs load crusts with inspired arrangements of more than 40 fresh toppings—such as jamaican jerk spices with chicken and shrimp or mexican refried beans with ground beef and jalapeños—bartenders dole out pints of German and Belgian beers. At their fingertips are 33 tap handles and more than 80 import and craft bottles.
Out in the dining room, beer signs and playful knickknacks hang on the walls. Flat-screen televisions broadcast sports games in which football players zoom down fields and Lifetime movies in which football players learn valuable lessons about the wisdom of children.
Di Cicco's was honored with the Best Italian in Fresno title in 2009 by the Fresno Bee. Six Yelpers give Di Cicco's Blackstone location a 3.5-star average, 80% of Urbanspooners recommend the Shaw Avenue location, and 83% of Urbanspooners recommend the Blackstone location.
Paisanos Pasta supplies the noodles, sauces, and Italian toppings for custom build-your-own pasta bowls, alongside a menu of pizza, subs, and more. Seven pastas, including radiatori and spinach fettucine, await a bath in a choice of sauces such as classic marinara or spicy arrabiata ($5.49). Animate bowls with garlic-shrimp ($1.95) pinafores or artichoke-heart ($1.55) hearts before diving into an included helping of garlic bread and a scoop of gelato. Paisanos' DIY-friendly fare lets patrons douse lasagna ($7.49) in their choice of sauce and consume the italian bistro salad ($4.99) with their choice of fork-lifting limb. The eatery’s maroon, mustard, and lime walls surround diners who sip on glasses of wine ($4.50) and build froth-covered ships inside bottles of imported beer ($3.75).
Campagnia Restaurant, a previous winner in the Best of the Valley Restaurant Awards from the California Restaurant Association, offers succulent gourmet entrees served in a casual, mellow atmosphere. Warm up the taste-bud bullpen with an appetizer of peppered goat cheese served on top of roasted flatbread ($8.95). Pizza propositioners can choose one of five pies ($9.50–$10.50), such as Toscano salami and pepperoni or barbecue chicken sitting on a cloud of smoked mozzarella, while meat aficionados will water mouths for the grilled pork chop ($26.95), served with jasmine rice, red Thai curry glaze, and a coriander emulsion. Those who prefer brunch with a side of syncopated saxophone should drop in on Sundays for Campagnia's live jazz buffet ($21.95 per person), where diners can relish prime rib while listening to a live band bop its way through the catalogues of musicians whom are neither MCs nor Hammers.
Pacifica Pizza hand-tosses its dough to create a strong and delicious foundation for a menu of specialty pizzas created with toppings fresh from California farms. The traditional veggie pizza contains a veritable garden of mushrooms, green peppers, black olives, tomatoes, and a hedge maze. The heart attack special combines a plethora of meats— sausage, pepperoni, salami, canadian bacon, and ground beef—into a super-pizza packed with enough animal to legally qualify as livestock. Try a traditional hawaiian pizza topped with canadian bacon, pineapple, and extra cheese, or choose not to choose with the almost-everything-on-it bulldog special. A sidecar of breadsticks and a handle of soda transform your pizza from part of a complete breakfast into a complete breakfast.