There's nothing quite like good Italian food. Pasta and pizza alone allow for so much variety that you could probably eat Italian food the rest of your life and never get sick of it. With its popularity, it seems there's been a surge in locally owned Italian restaurants. All Italian food is good, but you'll only find the merging of high quality, authentic food with a sophisticated ambience in places like The Annex Kitchen in Fresno.
Owned by Jimmy Pardini, The Annex has brought Fresno a high class experience with Italian cuisine. Jimmy's expertise in the restaurant business comes from both his family's background in catering and restaurants, but also his experience working as a chef in Los Angeles. This has allowed him to create a place with not only great food but also top of the line hospitality and a classy dining experience.
Still, Jimmy's passion lies in creating excellent dishes, which you can see showcased on their Instagram page @annexkitchenfresno.
At The Annex, you'll find unique dishes developed in-house by Jimmy and his kitchen staff. Their dishes go beyond your traditional Italian spaghetti and meatballs to incorporate some unique takes you won't find other places. Some examples are their Tagliolini with thin ribbon noodles, spicy tomato sauce, shrimp, crab, arugula and their appetizer Burrata with Fava Beans that has english peas, smoked prosciutto, herbs, toast. Of course, they do have the classics like Chicken Parm and Spaghetti with Meatballs as well.
The most significant factor with The Annex is the quality of ingredients they source. Any dish you order there is fresh and prepared with care. It feels truly authentic all the way around.
With the effects of the Coronavirus shutting down dine-in traffic, The Annex is still offering take out during dinner hours. The take-out menu is available through their website.
You can also enjoy the Annex at home in a different way though, through their new market The Annex Alimentari. In the market, they sell basic home items as well as ingredients they use in-house such as salad dressings, pasta, sauces, and more. The best part is that you don't have to risk exposure to anything because you can call or order online, and the items are bagged for you and delivered curbside!