Italian Restaurants in Madera

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In Bella Pasta's dining room, tables under black tablecloths support the weight of hearty Italian pastas and handcrafted dishes. Glasses of wine and imported beers clink over plates beneath striped golden walls checkered with Italian paintings and accented with soft red curtains. The leafy patio contains tabletops warmed by heat lamps and a soundtrack of soft Italian music and the trickle of fountains. A lengthy table stretches across an intimate banquet room, where chefs can serve multicourse Italian feasts for private meetings or reenactments of famous document-drafting sessions.

7033 N Cedar Ave
Fresno,
CA
US

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.

7095 N Cedar Ave
Fresno,
CA
US

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.

6775 N Blackstone Ave
Fresno,
CA
US

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).

7029 North Ingram Avenue
Fresno,
CA
US

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.

1185 East Champlain Drive
Fresno,
CA
US

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.

3761 W Shaw Ave
Fresno,
CA
US