A Fresno institution since the presidency of Herbert Hoover, Piemonte's Italian Delicatessen slings sandwiches made with fresh ingredients straight from the Central San Joaquin Valley's copious cornucopia. Piemonte's sausage, meatballs, and Italian sauce are all homemade. Deli biteables—served on your choice of wheat, sourdough, or French rolls—include the Piemonte special with salami, ham, mortadella, and provolone ($5.50) and the Michel Angelo with capicola, Toscano salami, Genoa salami, nunchucks, and provolone cheese ($7.75). Veggie Velociraptors can sink teeth and talons into the vegetarian's garden of artichoke hearts, mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes, and wax peppers ($5.75), 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.
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).
Family owned and operated for more than half a century, Di Cicco's pampers palates with a traditional menu of hearty Italian fare served in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Diners can start their gastronomic adventure with an order of aromatic garlic-cheese bread ($4.10–$4.75) or fresh, crisp bruschetta ($5.25). Once taste buds have been thoroughly primed, introduce them to the flaky coating of the veal parmigiana enrobed in mozzarella and tomato sauce ($15.45) or dive into a pasta dish such as the scarface, in which a manic blend of chicken, mushrooms, and rigatoni rises to the top of a cream sauce before being undone by its own deliciousness ($11.85–$12.95). Di Cicco's ever-changing lineup of drinkable all-stars features weekly specials and pairings, giving toasters plenty of ways to raise a glass and celebrate friendly family dining.
Rated the number-one pizza chain in the 2010 Zagat Fast-Food Survey, 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 slice slingers build the pizza in-store and 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 'za to a more specific taste, choosing from the four sauces, three crusts, and more than 20 toppings available.
Popolo's Pizza starts with plain pizza canvases 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 ($9.99+). To personalize your pizza without giving the pepperoni a neck tattoo, swap the stock cheese for aftermarket options such as swiss, cheddar, or feta, and write an edible novel populated by an epic cast of pineapple, barbecue beef, meatballs, sundried tomatoes, zucchini, philly steak, and more. Pre-fabbed pizzas are also available—minimize the awkwardness of meat-and-greets by hosting a garden party with white sauce, mozzarella, cheddar, zucchini, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, multicolored onions, tomatoes, and fresh garlic ($12.99+). Otherwise, stuff your two mouths with the Double Time pizza, which comes loaded with extra cheese, double pepperoni, double black olives, and Double Dragon NES cartridges ($12.99+).
The menu at Full O Bull Subs & Pizza catalogs a straightforward selection of sub sandwiches and pizza. Sandwiches come either hot or cold. The hot half of the menu offers plain steak, barbecue steak, and hot pastrami options, among others. The cold half presents a selection of turkey and cheese, salami and cheese, BLT, and more. Pizza options include a canadian-bacon- and pineapple-coated hawaiian pie, as well as a veggie pizza and the pizza least likely to be consumed by a vegetarian vampire: garlic chicken.