by Terrance Mc Arthur
Our roving food critic Terrance Mc Arthur continues his search for great food in Sanger and the surrounding communities. Check out more Great Food Search here!
When you’re not near the restaurant you love, love the restaurant you’re near.
One of the library branches where I work is the Sunnyside Regional Library at E. Kings Canyon Rd. and Clovis Avenue in Fresno. In that shopping center, a change was made this year. Sunnyside Pizza was out, and something new was in the wind…Chicago’s Pizza With A Twist.
What’s the twist? India.Curry. Paneer. Tandoori. The tastes of Indian cuisine on a pizza? Sounds weird, but…it was steps away, so I gave it a try. I started with a Palak Paneer pizza. It was lunchtime, so I had the 8-inch personal size for $7.99. Tasty. All my choices take the mild option, since I have to breathe on people at the library after I finish my lunch: spinach, onions, garlic, pesto sauce, ginger, chilies, cilantro. Even going mild, it keeps the mouth busy.
Indian Garlic Chicken hits the spot and throws in mushrooms, olives, and tomatoes, as well. The renovated dining areas have padded seating in booths, as well as tabled areas. Television screens overhead show multiple channels. It’s a good place to follow your favorite sports, as well as some daytime talk shows. An arcade area features games for the young and young-at-heart.
Not sure you want a pizza with an Indian twist? Don’t worry. There’s a wide range of more familiar pizza choices, from Hawaiian to All Meat, Cheeseburger to Vegetarian. My favorite selection from the traditional menu is the Three Idiots, teaming BBQ Chicken, Spicy Chicken, and Garlic Chicken. Each bite has its own mix of flavors.
Pizza is not the only option at CPWAT. Hankering for pasta? Garlic Chicken Alfredo, Meatball, Shani Paneer, and more tempt the diner. I like the Butter Chicken Pasta, layered over penne.
When I don’t have time to wait for a pizza to come out of the oven, I opt for the Lunch Buffet. A variety of pizzas that are kept pretty fresh, a salad bar that includes spinach along with the usual lettuce greens, and a soft drink make for a quick midday munch. The menu also includes calzone, chicken wings, and sandwiches. They even have desserts.
Chicago’s Pizza With A Twist may not be a whole new world of culinary travel, but it does have some unique choices besides the typical pizza joint’s offerings. Chicago’s Pizza With A Twist is at 5560 E King Canyon Rd, and there is another on W. Shaw (Clovis should have one, soon). For more information try the chain’s website.