FAIRFIELD — Gio Franco held up a container containing ingredients that comes to his Giovanni’s Pizzeria from his uncle in Clovis.
“This is a secret recipe he ships here,” Franco said with a smile.
These ingredients get put into the pizza dough. They make Giovanni’s Pizzeria pizzas taste better than anything else, he said.
Giovanni’s Pizzeria recently opened at 1731 N. Texas St,. Suite A1.
Franco’s uncle had a 27-year career with Pizza Hut, training people as new restaurants opened. Fifteen years ago, he opened Michelangelo’s Pizzeria in downtown Clovis, the other location that uses those secret ingredients.
Franco is from Texas. He recently retired from the U.S. Navy attachment located at Travis Air Force Base. He has lived in Fairfield for 10 years.
“He had the idea of making a pizza place where everything we make is fresh,” store manager Gabriela Penaloza said.
Franco chose a North Texas Street storefront for the location of his first restaurant.
“It’s a really busy street, more than the downtown, I’d say,” Franco said. “We have tons of people traveling through here every day.”
The restaurant serves pizza, of course, with all sorts of toppings. Customers can get a small, “personal”-sized pizza for one person. They can get calazone, which is like a pizza with the ingredients folded within oven bread. They can get Stromboli, which is a cheese-filled turnover.
Giovanni’s Pizzeria is kind of a local version of Michelangelo’s Pizzeria, a move away from the Clovis base. Franco said there could be more locations as time goes on.
Fairfield has more than a dozen pizza parlors. Giovanni’s will try to grab a slice of the pizza pie.
Giovanni’s Pizzeria is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 419-4441 for more information.
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