Italian Restaurants in Riverbank

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Mountain Mike’s Pizza keeps belly bearings well lubricated with its selection of topping-laden pizzas, oven-kissed sandwiches, and more. Like a fleet-footed yeti, Mountain Mike’s Pizza's menu deftly scales rocky heights with its selection of mountain-themed specialty pizzas, such as the 12-inch Everest and Snowy Alps pizzas, each stacked with a savory selection of Old World pepperoni, onion, olives, and more ($17.99). With two types of crust, four sauces, and 26 toppings, diners can craft their own perfect pies.

6333 Oakdale Rd
Riverbank,
CA
US

Though Bocelli's Ristorante's stone ovens and gleaming stovetops are only a few years old, they churn out ancient Italian recipes perfected over generations. Baked thin-crust pizzas sport medleys of tiger shrimp, goat cheese, and pesto sauce, and fresh seaside Mediterranean flavors echo in the seafood-stuffed ravioli. Massive murals of that sunny shore cover the walls, depicting vine-entrenched villas sitting on the edge of an aquamarine sea. Live musical performances and events, such as Winemakers dinners celebrating Napa Valley vintages, provide entertainment for the mind as well as the palate, without the need to lick every page of a calculus textbook.

1505 W F St
Oakdale,
CA
US

Angelo's Steakhouse Italiano treats its visitors to hearty feasts of tender sirloin and angus T-bones, as well as handmade pasta. Pappardelle and spaghetti mingle with meatballs, italian sausage, and cream sauce, and cutlets of chicken and wild-caught salmon pair with sides of fingerling potatoes. Meat lovers salivate over the special steak menu, which is full of beefy dishes such as the center-cut Durham Ranch bison sirloin or the Flintstone—a hulking 40-ounce (or greater) dry-rubbed rib eye served with two sides of pasta Bolognese and a knife made out of chipped obsidian.

140 Main St
Murphys,
CA
US

As a high-school student working at a local pizzeria, John Schnatter often pondered how he would do things differently if he owned such a business himself. After graduating from college in 1983, he got his chance, knocking down the broom closet in his father’s tavern to create his own pizza-delivery business. Since then Papa John’s Pizza has grown to 3,500 restaurants in 50 states and 29 countries. At each location, cooks cover the signature hand-tossed crusts, made with high-protein flour and clear, filtered water, with tomato sauce from vine-ripened California tomatoes, then pile on locally sourced ingredients such as green peppers and onions. The emphasis on fresh ingredients extends to the 100% mozzarella cheese, beef, and pork, which are never artificially inflated with fillers or undeserved compliments.

In addition to delivering pizzas, Papa John’s reaches out to the community with charity involvement, including partnering with the Boy Scouts of America and Junior Achievement to teach US students about entrepreneurship and the best method of capturing a wild roma tomato.

1320 Standiford Ave
Modesto,
CA
US

Sabaidee Restaurant's robust menu brims with fresh fish, poultry, and beef, all specifically spiced to form authentic Thai and Lao meals. Rice noodles lay the foundation for classic pad thai, piled high with meat, peanuts, scrambled eggs, and enough bean sprouts to disguise the patch of dead grass over where the family's piggy bank is buried. Patrons can warm up with bowls of pho, whose broth churns with sliced rare beef, tripe, and rice noodles, or cool down with chilled calamari salad. 

Sabaidee’s spacious dining room, filled with white-clothed tables and roomy booths, allows guests to stretch their third legs and gaze lovingly at dishes illuminated by the chandeliers hanging overhead.

1420 E Hatch Rd
Modesto,
CA
US

The menu at Pizza & Beer offers generously portioned plates for meat-lovers and vegetarians alike. The show stopper pizza is stacked pie-high with salami, pepperoni, ham, linguica, bacon, sausage, and an exclamatory fistful of extra-cheesy goodness ($13.89 for a small). Mounds of pleasantly palatable produce can be found on the veggie pizza, served with garlic sauce, mushroom, onion, bell pepper, tomato, artichoke hearts, and green onion ($13.89 for a small). For custom circlesumption, customers can build their own special pizza (starting at $7.98 for a small) or calzone (up to four toppings for $6.99). In terms of ice-cold beer, the eatery plays host to an impressive lineup of domestics, imports, and microbrews, many of which arrive in glorious, pitcher-perfect fashion.

4259 Sisk Rd
Modesto,
CA
US