The chefs at Fratello’s Bistro, who’ve been practicing for more than a decade, cook comforting Italian food from fresh ingredients that are grown locally in the Valley. Starters of mussels marinara or stuffed mushrooms jump out from a menu of pastas, pizzas, and meatier entrees. The chefs prepare chicken, calamari, veal, and shrimp as entrees characterized by different vivid sauces. Spicy red fra diablo sauce brings zest to bell peppers, red wine adds complex depth to marsala sauce with mushrooms, and white-wine lemon-butter sauce graces plates with a lighter, delicate touch akin to a flower petal falling onto a marshmallow. Glasses of local wine and imported Chianti accent each meal.
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.
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.
Cupcakes Bakery's dedicated dessert connoisseurs rise early six days a week to bake a fresh batch of cupcakes and cinnamon rolls from scratch with all-natural ingredients. They drizzle gooey cinnamon rolls with icing and pipe swirls of frosting atop crowd-favorite red-velvet cupcakes, which are more popular than denim-suit Fridays at a bank. Newly added cheesecake cupcakes come in original, blueberry, chocolate, and strawberry flavors. The bakers stock displays with menu staples such as chocolate chip and orange creamsicle, and they don't skimp on their toppings, wedging an entire Oreo atop the Oreo cupcake, for example. They also whip up special flavors daily, such as chocolate-peanut-butter cupcakes on Wednesday and Saturday and pineapple upside-down cupcakes on Monday, Thursday, and Rube Goldberg Day. The confectionary roster also changes with the season to highlight its flavors, such as autumn pumpkin and boreal gingerbread.
John's Incredible Pizza Co. graces guests with acres of incandescent entertainment options and a fully stocked buffet ($9.49 value, $1.50 value for drinks). In addition to a slew of soups, salads, pasta, desserts, and traditional pizza choices, the buffet brandishes a bouquet of specialty pizza creations, including spicy peanut-butter, barbecue chicken ranch, and alfredo pizza.
Popolo's Pizza starts with plain pizza canvases (starting at $9.99, includes mozzarella cheese and one topping) of fresh-baked dough, then paints them with any of six sauce options—including green chili, barbecue, pesto, and heart-massaging olive oil—before layering it with mozzarella, the tastiest and most toppable of the 'ellas after umbrellas and Ella Fitzgerald. To personalize your pizza without tattooing a tramp stamp on it, you can swap the cheese for options such as swiss, cheddar, or feta, and write an edible novel populated by an epic cast of pepperoni, pineapple, barbecue beef, meatballs, sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini, Philly steak, and more. Pre-fabbed pizzas are also available, so minimize the awkwardness of meet-and-greets and impromptu murder mysteries by hosting a garden party (starting at $12.99 for a small 10" pizza) with non-staining white sauce, mozzarella, cheddar, zucchini, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, multicolored onions, tomatoes, and fresh garlic. Otherwise, stuff your two mouths with the Double Time pizza ($12.99+), which comes loaded with extra cheese, double pepperoni, double black olives, and Double Dragon NES cartridges.