Ooeey gooey cheesy hot pizza is plenty good on its own, but if you’re the type who likes to try new things (say, fruit punch Oreos), some restaurants in Fresno are getting creative with their pizza. Pizza fries are a “secret menu” item at Popolo’s Pizza on North Blackstone.
This one has a charming little back story: A 26-year-old Fresno rapper named Halo the Human (he got the name Halo in church because he didn’t cuss) is a pizza fanatic. He throws monthly pizza parties for adults. He went to a pizza expo in Las Vegas and discovered pizza fries. They’re exactly what they sound like — french fries smothered in mozzarella, cheddar and pepperoni, baked so the cheese gets all melty and served with a side of sauce. He asked Popolo’s if they could make them. They said yes and the pizza fries took off. It’s not on the menu, but they’ll make them for you if you ask. A big plate costs $8.95 or $4.95 during happy hour from 3-6 p.m. daily. By the way, Popolo’s is apparently quite the place for craft beer if you’re in the mood for pizza and beer.
Richie’s Pizza & Hot Dogs, which opened recently in the Tower District (more on that here) sells a pizza dog. It’s a spicy Italian sausage with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni, also baked for the melty goodness.