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The ORIGINAL DiCicco's Pizzeria at 530 Blackstone

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:46 am
by Lost Fresno
Yes there are quite a few DiCiccos' Restaurants in Fresno but I have fond memories of the original and very first DiCicco's Pizzerira which was located at 530 Blackstone. On a recent visit to Fresno, I decided to once again have a pizza at the scene of my favorite teenager "date night" location. I was excited to see that the DiCiccos website listed their original location as still alive and well on Blackstone near downtown. So the Wife and I plus two good friends headed to that much loved location. After all, we had called on the phone and they said to come on over!

Below is what we saw.

The original spot the the pizzeria once stood had become a victim of the new freeway in 1971 or so. However, we motored down another few hundred yards and found their "newer" restaurant which was almost like going to the original site being only a stones throw away.

However, on the side of the building we saw in large letters: THE ORIGINAL ... SINCE 1956

It seemed to proclaim that this building was their original location, but I knew better as the old building has been Lost to Fresno!

Re: The ORIGINAL DiCicco's Pizzeria at 530 Blackstone

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:08 pm
by Lost Fresno
Here is an early newspaper ad from 1965 referencing the 530 Blackstone location.

Re: The ORIGINAL DiCicco's Pizzeria at 530 Blackstone

Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:07 pm
by Lost Fresno
Here are some shots of the miss-leading sign on the exterior and also the infamous street sign. The sign is most likely the very same one from the 50/60's era. Finally, a shot of some happy pizza eaters.

Re: The ORIGINAL DiCicco's Pizzeria at 530 Blackstone

Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:10 pm
by Lost Fresno
I forgot to include the framed photo of the original dinning room that currently hangs above the waitress food pick-up area. I understand that the fire marshall would not let them re-hang all the old wine cask bottles and fake grapes from the ceiling. Too bad as that lent so much atmosphere to the original place.