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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.

1817 Chester Ave
Bakersfield,
CA
US

Family owned and operated since 1971, Caesar's Italian Delicatessen boasts a menu of classic sandwiches and sides and is famous for its pickled tongue, available by the pound ($11.49/lb) or in a handheld version ($5.95) bookended by bread and topped with lettuce and mild peppers. Enjoy namesake nourishment with the Caesar's Special ($5.75), pairing two kinds of salami with ham, mortadella, pepper cheese, lettuce, mild peppers, and sauce until it is fit for a ruler or any eater with a century-bridging hairstyle. For the strong-armed, the Deep-Pit Beef ($5.95) carries beef crowned with barbecue sauce or salsa, while the veggie sandwich ($5.50) combines avocado, tomato, lettuce, peppers, mayo, mustard, and provolone into a palate-pleasing product. Sides of marinated navy beans ($2.09/lb), a baked potato ($2.59/lb), and orzo pasta salad ($4.99/lb) play nice with main dishes despite secret ambitions of stardom. Feed a party of five or another television cast with a party platter ($15 for five servings) encompassing a tour of four meats and four cheeses with pit stops for olives, pickles, peppers, and bread.

9500 Brimhall Rd
Bakersfield,
CA
US

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.

119 N E St
Exeter,
CA
US

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.

2430 S Mooney Blvd
Visalia,
CA
US

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.

1971 W Caldwell Ave
Visalia,
CA
US

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.

5600 W Cypress Ave
Visalia,
CA
US