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.
The team at HCK - Hermosa California Kitchen knows the recipe for a good time: tasty food, frosty brews, and good company. That's why the chefs cook up a menu of Mexican-American favorites such as grilled burritos, tri-tip tacos, and burgers slathered in barbecue sauce. At the bar, the staff keeps glasses filled to the brim with beer or made-to-order drinks such as their famous speciality fish bowls, which flow throughout the night as visitors socialize and watch sporting events such as pro football or MMA fights.
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.
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.
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.