When the weather has a chill to it, sometimes hot, cheesy Italian cuisine is just the thing you need to warm up. Fortunately, Idaho has no shortage of delicious authentic Italian restaurants that serve pasta, pizza, and old world fare that is simply to die for. Of course, these delicious places are perfect in every season, and they are just waiting for you to try! Without further ado, from old-school red sauce joints to romantic, high-end Italian dining, these restaurants will take your love of the old country to a new level.
1. Alavita, Boise
For seriously the best pasta in Idaho, look no further! Alavita has been making headlines since day one with their housemade pasta and locally-sourced ingredients. This sister to Boise's Fork is a simple, colorful gem that will make you forget storebought Italian.
2. Maialina Pizzeria Napoletana, Moscow
For perfectly baked pizza crusts with just a hint of that smoky charred flavor, we've talked about Maialina's delicious cuisine before.... but their perfectly al dente pastas are an overlooked gem! From house-made chili pappardelle pasta with delicate squash, apples, and dandelion greens to garganelli with duck ragu and fried sage leaves. Absolutely fantastic!
3. Uva Trattoria, Coeur d'Alene
Made to order and absolutely spectacular, this recent addition to the Coeur d'Alene dining scene is one definitely worth your time. The only thing better than the food and beautifully decorated ambiance is the mouthwatering classic pastas like Spaghetti Primavera and Veggie Lasagna.
4. Asiago's, Boise
Opened in 1997, Asiago's has a long history of being voted Boise's Best Local Italian and has remained a favorite with diners. What sets Asiago's apart is their creative dishes that are Italian-inspired, but take classic flavors to a new level - like spinach fettuccine in a smokey tomato-cream sauce.
5. DaVinci's, Hailey
DaVinci's is a Hailey staple, and a must-try one at that. From the quaint exterior to the swoon-worthy build your own pasta option, this gem knows how to do Italian right.
6. Rico's Authentic Italian, Ketchum
This can't-miss family Italian establishment lives up to its Sun Valley surroundings with beautiful food, tasty specials, and perfect twisted breadsticks. Over 20 different pasta options - like the Spezia Della Vita - will make your tastebuds sing.
7. Tony's on the Lake, Coeur d'Alene
Tony's has a long-standing reputation as one of the top restaurants in CDA, and for good reason. From smooth cheese sauces to tangy reds, Tony's is the real deal for sure! Plus, the lakefront views are as incredible as the food.
8. Luciano's, Boise
While this local favorite in the heart of Boise may not look like much from the outside, there are incredible things happening on the inside. With beautifully plated entrees that don't overpower the senses, Luciano's has been ranked as one of Boise's top local restaurants for years now for good reason!
9. Ivano's Ristorante, Sandpoint
The Beyond Hope Resort is one of those truly spectacular hidden gems that is set on yet another one of Idaho's picturesque lakes. Straight from Italy, owner Ivano dreamed of starting his own restaurant. The family-inspired flavors are clear in every bite of antipasti, dolce, and penne.
YUM. Who’s in the mood for some pasta and breadsticks??