April 12, 1956, Mamma and Papa Di Cicco and their four sons
opened the original Di Cicco’s Italian Restaurant. Papa
would go in early every morning to bake fresh bread and prepare
scratch the spaghetti sauce, minestrone soup and everything
else needed for the day. The four young brothers, Nicola, Alberto,
Frank and Roberto (better known as the “Four Sons of
would open the doors seven days a week. As they tirelessly
worked together, singing Italian songs and tossing pizza’s
in the air, Di Cicco’s quickly became known
as the place for great Italian food, fun, and atmosphere.
same 1956 Ford Panel Truck that took all of them back and forth
to work also served as their first pizza delivery vehicle.
47 years later, Di Cicco’s is still delivering a full
menu of delicious Italian food to customers homes and offices
7 days a week, and is still known as the place for great family
dining. Through the years the menu has expanded along with
the number of restaurants. As the family continued to grow
larger, more locations were opened. Today there are 19 locations
in California, 12 of which are in Fresno.
Clovis, Madera, Sanger, Hanford, Visalia, San Jose are the
other California sites. The first out-of-state location has
been opened in Colorado. Many different family members now own
and operate the individual locations.
While each location may differ, reflecting the specialties
of that owner, all stores continue to strive to serve fresh
and delicious Italian food, just like Papa & Mamma taught