Hole in The Wall Pizza is doing something right. That something earned the eatery the 2013 Readers' Choice Award for Best Pizza from the Porterville Recorder. Piping-hot pizzas piled with toppings emerge from steaming ovens, including The Hole pizza, a 28-inch behemoth that serves up to 14 people?or 7 ravenous werewolves. Besides pizza, diners can opt for hot sandwiches and calzones or pair their pies with draft beers.
Howie, the founder of Howie & Son's Pizza Parlor, can still be found behind his bar most days, pouring up pints of the 24 carefully chosen craft beers he has on tap. He's been back there since 2003, when he opened the restaurant with his family. He likes do everything the traditional way: he pours beers himself. He bakes his delicious pizzas in an old-fashioned brick oven. He even chose the building specifically because it has housed pizza parlors since 1963 and has lots of vintage accoutrement.
In spite of the old-fashioned bent, the eatery boasts a modern sound system. The speakers have spit out live music from dozens of national and local bands, including such acts as Matt & Kim, Vampire Weekend, and Modest Mouse.
Though ?traditional favorites? is one of many sections on Strings Italian Cafe's menu, the label describes a bulk of the eatery?s handcrafted Italian dishes. Under new ownership as of January 2013, the cafe fills raviolis with artichoke hearts, flavor shrimp scampi with white wine and lemon juice, and top one of two specialty pizzas with alfredo sauce and chicken breast. That being said, the caf?'s chefs make room for a few innovative touches within their old-style approach. These include baking lasagna inside onion-garlic pastries and spicing up pasta medleys of chicken, shrimp, and pesto with hints of curry.
Located on a 7-acre plot of land, Visalia Adventure Park carves out ample space for all ages to have fun. Outdoors, the park features a bumper boat pool with a waterfall, an 18-hole miniature golf course, and go-kart tracks for both the family and speedsters. If it's raining or that fire in the clouds becomes too hot, visitors can migrate indoors for arcade playing, laser tagging, and mini bowling.
Whether for a birthday party or a night away from the kitchen, YR Pizza Planet welcomes entire families with a kid- and adult-friendly menu of oven-baked Italian meals. Patrons can step up to the counter to order an individual pizza made specially for their tastes, or a 14” large to share with friends or enemies who hate pizza. Crusts come in crispy or pan varieties, and are adorned with more than a dozen toppings, such as sausage, onions, and pineapple. Aside from pizza, chefs pull toasted ham and cheese or steak fajita subs from the oven, with fresh-baked cookies following close behind. YR Pizza Planet also helps patrons hit their veggie quota with a bountiful salad bar.
Don?t try to get Jerry to spill the beans on how he makes his pizzas. A secret list of ingredients makes up the sauce, and a secret old-country tradition goes into making the dough. And a traditional stone-hearth oven may or may not cook the pies to a crisp finish. But Jerry will let you know which toppings he uses, so you can customize your crust with a secret white sauce, jalape?os, Louisiana hot sausage, red onions, and artichoke hearts. Jerry will also toss all the pizza toppings into a doughy calzone pocket if customers so choose. And on the weekends, while Jerry is busy in the kitchen, live musicians and butter sculptors entertain guests.