Besides amazing food, one of the top things we look for in a restaurant is atmosphere. We have never liked the cookie cutter interior décor or the forced atmosphere of the national chain restaurants. We love going to Fabiano's and knowing it is one of a kind.
The individuality of Fabiano's is apparent as soon as you walk in the door. From the stamped tin tiles on the ceiling, to the concrete floors Fabiano’s embodies a hip casualness. The walls are filled with local art. Fabiano’s is adjacent to The Alamo, a fun downtown bar. Together, they once made up the town’s only movie theater. The space was later turned into a gift shop until 2004 when it was converted into a restaurant, bar and music venue.
We arrived at Fabiano’s with huge appetites. A sign at the entrance encourages you to seat yourself. We ordered two appetizers to take the edge off of our hunger. The caprese salad was fresh and incredibly delicious. Flavorful tomatoes and sliced mozzarella were laid on a bed of fresh, crisp greens. The salad was seasoned to perfection and topped with fresh herbs.
The garlic knots were doughy balls of bread drowning in a rich, buttery garlic sauce. They were served with a thin, tangy marinara sauce for dipping.
Fabiano’s has a very well rounded menu for a local pizza parlor. In addition to the traditional pizza and calzones, they offer several Italian dishes such as baked ziti and lasagna, as well as sandwiches, burgers and wings. Fabiano’s also offers an impressive beer and wine list and a number of specialty cocktails crafted by the Alamo’s bartenders.
We chose classic pizzeria fare for our appetizers. You can order an entire pizza or just a slice of your choice. We got a slice of pepperoni pizza. Fabiano’s serves their pies New York style. The giant slices come with generous toppings. There were two layers of spicy pepperoni on the lightly cheesed pizza.
Our calzone was huge. Cheese and olives were stuffed into a perfectly browned crispy crust. The calzones are served with a thick, hearty pizza sauce for dipping.
Even though we were so full from our meal, we couldn’t resist ordering some of the tasty looking desserts. The tiramisu was creamy with only a slight hint of coffee. We liked that it was not overly sweet.
We also got chocolate chip cannoli. The hard chocolate shell was filled with thick, rich and sweet mascarpone and chocolate chips. The dessert was served with two generous dollops of light, sweet whipped cream.
By the time we finished our desserts, we were stuffed to the brim. The plate portions are so generous that you could easily have a full meal with just an entree. We also love the prices. We got two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts for around thirty dollars.
Fabiano’s has frequent special events and drink specials. They have several big screen TVs that are perfect for viewing big sports games. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up with upcoming events and promotions. We are frequent customers at Fabiano's, so if you see us, please be sure to say hi!