Paisano's Pasta - Fresno
Has anyone else tried this place? I know it isn't a regular "sit down" restaurant, but the pasta is pretty darn good. It is right by my house, and I usually end up going about once a week for some pasta, the owner John is a heck of a nice guy.
For those not familiar with Paisano's, it is a "fast food" pasta restaurant on the corner of Herndon & Ingram (By the McDonalds) Basically what you do is go down a line and select what you want. You pick your type of pasta, then your sauce, and then anything else you want to put on it. (You have options like chicken, shrimp, sausage, etc)
As I said I come here often, and for being essentially a take out place, the food is really good. I always enjoy getting the whole wheat penne pasta with arrabiata sauce, very good!
We've tried it. To be honest, it was passable, but not memorable.
Good points...the owner is very friendly and the service was good. The location also seems to be have it's advantages (next to Wal-Mart, so the potential is there for a lot of foot traffic).
Bad Points: The food is okay...but nothing special. We would also recommend that they serve more than a half of a dinner roll that came with our meals. It's definitely geared to a "fast food" model (meaning takeout) rather than dine-in (although there are tables for dine-in). With McDonald's next door, most people are probably going to be thinking Big Mac instead of spaghetti with shrimp as their take out option.
Overall, Paisano's is a decent choice for Italian take-out. However, given the stiff competition competing in the same arena (DiCicco's, Mamma Mia's, etc.), there's a real question whether they'll be able to make a go of it in this market.