List of Authentic Italian Restaurants in Fresno California
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List of Authentic Italian Restaurants in Fresno California

In our quest for quality food we took to the streets of Fresno California to find the most Authentic Italian restaurants we could fill our bowls with. Fresno has over 50 Italian restaurants, so whether you are after a crispy thin based pizza or a hearty spaghetti bolognaise, you are in the right city.
Is there a better way to end a day, or perk yourself up at lunchtime, than with a delicious bowl of pasta? The savoury flavours and tastes of Italian food are a sure way to forget your troubles. In our top 5 selection of authentic Italian restaurants in Fresno it’s not only their tiramisu that is a pick-me-up! In our quest for quality food we took to the streets of Fresno California to find the most Authentic Italian restaurants we could fill our bowls with. Fresno has over 50 Italian restaurants, so whether you are after a crispy thin based pizza or a hearty spaghetti bolognaise, you are in the right city. In order to find the most authentic Italian restaurants in Fresno, we visited as many as we could and have put together a list of our 5 favourite Italian restaurants.


The key factors that influenced, and often swung, our votes for most Authentic Italian restaurant in Fresno were the following :


1.    Best tasting homemade pasta

2.    Best offering of red wines, good price range and good quality vintage

3.    Most authentic pizza – truly Italian

4.    Restaurant ambience

5.    Good quality herbs, sauces, meats etc.

Our 5 winners of the most Authentic Italian restaurant in Fresno are detailed below :

1.    Giuseppe Gallo's

(559) 298-3777   Woodward Park, 1177 N. Willow Ave Suite 108, Fresno

A truly Authentic Italian restaurant, from the homemade sauces, fresh herbs, delectable dishes, medium pricing and great service. The average entrée is around the $10 - $24 range and the restaurant is run by husband and wife team, Chef Gary and Cher Martin. We were welcomed with warm sourdough roles and there was hardly a wait for our meal. This al fresco style eatery boasts two in-house pastry chef’s whose limoncello and tiramisu’s are hard to beat. The most delightful part about our meal at Giuseppe’s was that we were the only English speaking guests in the eatery and felt truly European as we enjoyed the background chatter in Italian.  This eatery gained 5 stars on every one of our criterion.

Favorite dish : Nonna’s Homemade Ravioli


2.    Mike’s Pizzeria

(559) 229-1295 West 2767 W Shaw Ave, Fresno

This authentic Italian restaurant is a Fresno landmark, having been operational since 1962 and the Dinuzzo family have kept this delightful Italian eatery warm and inviting ever since. We found the menu simple and understated and portions are generous with a true Italian twist. This inviting Italian restaurant, with great vibe and excellent service, makes you feel truly at home. Mikes Pizzeria gained high scores on our tasting criterion, the highest being for the restaurants Pizza. The Dinuzzo’s have truly mastered the art of a perfect pizza crust – not to thin and not too thick.   For authentic Italian comfort in Fresno be sure to give Mike’s Pizzeria a try.  

Favorite dish : Chicken Parmesan


3.    Oggi Cosi Si Mangia

(559) 445-1957  Tower District  1110 North Van Ness Avenue, Fresno

Oggi’s Italian bistro was a truly authentic Italian delight in every sense of the word. The average meal price ranges from $15 - $35 and every dollar is well spent in this little corner of Italy. The restaurant is housed in a delightful free standing cottage, with a red neon sign beaming the words ‘ PASTA’  at the entrance, in the Tower district. As you walk in you can view the chefs hard at work in the kitchen (which is impressively clean and neat) and the Chef visited every table during our meal.  The  fare is classic Italian with Pasta, salad and meat dishes however each made to utter perfection. We found the atmosphere relaxed yet elegant and the service exceptional.

 Favourite Dish :  Salmon (pan seared) with angel hair pasta

4. Olive Garden

(559) 323-7297389 E Shaw Ave, Fresno

The Olive Garden Authentic Italian restaurant is Fresno’s best kept Italian secret. This family friendly eatery boasts a lengthy menu with a low fat and low carbohydrate sections for calorie counters. Your average entrée is between $10 and $20 well spent dollars and you can sample Italian classic dishes or bravely take on one of the many exotic pizzas. This truly authentic Italian setting provides a relaxed and light hearted ambience and their food never disappoints. The olive Garden’s speciality Starters, according to their loyal regulars, are there homemade breadsticks which are impossible to resist.


Favourite Dish : Chicken Alfredo, Fresno


5.  Round Table Pizza

 (559) 485-7878 Menu3262 E Tulare St, Fresno


A pioneer in the Pizza arena, the Round Table Pizza delivered more than we would ever have expected in the Authentic Italian department! We were skeptical as this is apart of a franchise operation, however this 51 year old business has managed to keep the Fresno Round Table Pizza unique and full of goodness. The restaurant promises “freshly rolled dough, zesty red sauce made from scratch with eleven herbs and spices and a  three-cheese blend is made with the best whole milk mozzarella, provolone and cheddar cheeses”  And yes, we can fully agree on that score. This Pizzeria surprised us on every level, from service, ambience to delivery. The restaurant offers a Kids Menu together with a banquet and party facility for those who want to share their Italian Pizzas. As for those who don’t – be sure to visit this Italian Institution!


Favourite Dish : Barbeque, Beef Bacon Beautiful


When it comes to Authentic Italian dining Fresno has it all! We loved reviewing and sampling every eatery we could, naming the top 5 was no mean feat but we are certain these Italian offerings will not disappoint even the most purist Italian samplers!

























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