Clovis is welcoming a new Italian restaurant, Giuseppe Gallo's Capo di Cucina. It will take over the former Dominion Pizza at Willow and Nees avenues.
Without doing any advertising, the restaurant, which opened June 17, is already filling up at dinner time.
"We're something in between a DiCicco's and a Campagnia," says chef Gary Martin.
Giuseppe Gallo's has a huge menu, including pasta, seafood, sandwiches, burgers and pizza. Entrees prices range from $10 to $24.
In a nod to a local favorite, the restaurant offers a tri-tip pizza that includes Fresno chili peppers.
All its food, including the pasta, is made from scratch. Two in-house pastry chefs make cakes in flavors such as limoncello and tiramisu.
Patio dining is coming soon and the restaurant delivers to the local area.
The business is truly a family-run enterprise.
Martin's wife Cher, who was born and raised in Clovis, is the owner.
The couple ran several restaurants in San Jose and Los Gatos before deciding to move to Clovis to raise their 3- and 1-year-old daughters.
Gary Martin's parents and sister work at the restaurant. And one of the most popular dishes, Paul's lasagna, is named after Cher's father, who passed away a week before the restaurant opened.
If you're looking for a more casual Italian experience, Goodfellas Pizza Co. in Manchester Center has a new owner who is hoping to breathe new life into the restaurant. James "Steve" King hopes to have a license to sell beer in just over a month. With Goodfellas' separate entrance facing Regal's Manchester Stadium 16 movie theater, King is hoping to attract moviegoers. He says the restaurant will stay open beyond its typical 8 p.m. closing time, until 11 p.m or midnight.