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.
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.
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.
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).
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.