A Fresno institution since the flawless presidency of Herbert Hoover, Piemonte's Italian Delicatessen slings sandwiches made with fresh ingredients straight from the Central San Joaquin Valley's copious cornucopia. Deli sandwiches—served on your choice of wheat, sourdough, or French roll—include the Piemonte special ($5.50) with salami, ham, mortadella, and provolone and the Michel Angelo ($7.75) with capicolla, Toscano salami, Genoa salami, nunchucks, and provolone cheese. Adventurous appetites can explore the cooked salami, hot-pepper cheese, oil, and oregano of the Marco Polo ($6), as well as annoy parents who are trying to read poolside. Veggie velociraptors, meanwhile, can sink teeth and talons into the vegetarian's ($5.75) garden of artichoke hearts, mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes, and wax peppers, and pathological liars can draw bologna-and-cheese power from the Full O'Boloney ($5) as they prepare to fake their way through performing open-heart surgery. You can buy multiples of today's Groupon as gifts, so treat your cutest coworkers to a lunchtime field trip to Piemonte's Italian Delicatessen.
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).
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.
Papa Murphy’s serves up a tasty menu of handmade "take ‘n’ bake" pizzas created using dough, cheeses, meats, and veggies that are freshly prepared every day. After customers choose their pie, Papa Murphy's personable pizza fashioners will build the pizza in-store and then package it for customers to bake at home in the oven, in a pottery kiln, or over a pile of burning cookbooks. Customers can select one of Papa Murphy's signature pizzas or customize their pie to a more specific taste, culling from the four sauces, three crusts, and more than 20 toppings available. Watch as Papa Murphy’s pizza professionals corral the ingredients of a signature pizza such as the Cowboy ($11.99 for the 16” family size), complete with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, and black olives, or request a Chicago-style stuffed pizza ($14.99 for the family size), packed with onions, mozzarella, four kinds of meat, and one of the most efficient public-transit systems in America. Thin-crust fans can opt for an Herb Chicken Mediterranean deLITE ($9.99 for a large), smothered with feta cheese, olive oil, and spinach, and veggievores can avail themselves of Papa Murphy’s gourmet vegetarian ($12.99 for the family size) option, which comes saturated with a creamy garlic sauce. Side your pizza with a chicken Caesar salad ($4.99), an order of cheesy bread ($3.49), or a two-liter soda ($1.99).
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.