10 best italian restaurants

10 Best Italian Restaurants in Boise

If you are looking for the best nearby Italian Restaurants in Boise, we have a good selection ranging from traditional old world food to modern Italian fare, offering something for everyone.

Note that Boise has a good variety and choices for pizza, but below I have listed Italian spots that focus on a full spectrum of food from all over Italy. Manja Manja!!

1. Luciano’s

Voted best Boise local Italian restaurant and makes fresh, authentic from scratch recipes. Food is inspired by Tuscan dining experience and features food from the Northern and Southern regions of Italy.

10 Best Italian restaurants in boise
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What makes Luciano’s special:

  • Tuscan style
  • Food from the Northern & Southern region of Italy
  • Extensive wine selection
  • Catering


Luciano’s can be found at: 11 N Orchard St Boise, ID 83706 (208) 577-6415

2. Alavita

This local Italian gem is all about quality ingredients and fresh pasta. Alavita means “To Life” and is a great place to celebrate special occasions, or just a fun night out with some amazing food.

Their simple, uncomplicated ingredients and recipes combined with craft cocktails is a testament to the merging of old world tradition with modern Italian fare.

10 Best Italian restaurants in boise
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What makes Alavita special:

  • Traditional Italian recipes re-imagined
  • Freshly made pasta
  • Locally inspired dishes
  • Upscale dining


Alavita can be found at: 807 W Idaho St Boise, ID 83702 (208) 780-1100

3. Asiago’s

Fresh pastas and breads are the cornerstone of this lovely Italian bistro in downtown Boise. Thier award winning menus and dishes are created from scratch ingredients by culinary artisans.

The combination of familiar Italian dishes with a unique creative approach makes for a truly enjoyable and delicious experience in rustic elegance.

10 Best Italian restaurants in boise
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What makes Asiago’s special:

  • Rustic Italian elegance
  • Fresh local ingredients
  • Artisian chefs
  • Beautiful dining space


Asiagio’s can be found at: 1002 W Main St Boise, ID 83702 (208) 336-5552

4. Vincenzo Trattoria

Owned and run by Vincenzo himself, he brings more than 50 years of experience in running Italian restaurants in Los Angeles California. We are privileged to have him here in Boise, his food is amazing and is filled with all the love and experience of his life and love of Italian food.

Vincenzo Trattoria is a casual Italian dining experience with some of the best Italian recipes I have had, his lasagna is second to none.

10 Best Italian restaurants in boise
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What makes Vincenzo Trattoria special:

  • The best of old world recipes
  • Affordable
  • Owner operated
  • Passion in every dish


Vincenzo Trattoria can be found at: 6970 W State St Garden City, ID 83714

5. Cafe Luciano’s

Located right on the Boise Greenbelt, this quaint cafe is a modern take on authentic Italian food. Their dishes are always fresh and prepared from scratch.

Food is served small dish style and is inspired by recipes from Southern and Northern Italy. Dining is an open, modern atmosphere and is perfect for family and friend gatherings.

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What makes Cafe Luciano’s special:

  • Modern take on Italian food
  • located right on the Greenbelt
  • From scratch recipies
  • Great family gathering spot


Cafe Luciano’s can be found at: 3588 N Prospect Way Garden City, 83714 (208) 577-6010

6. Johnny Carino’s

This is a great Italian spot where you will find classic dishes including Lasagna, family platters and spicy shrimp and chicken.

They have amazing desert favorites like tiramisu and also offer catering. Johnny Carino’s is a lovely spot for casual Italian dining.

10 best Italian restaurants in boise
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What makes Johnny Carino’s special:

  • Classic Italian dishes
  • Family freindly
  • Catering
  • Multiple locations


Johnny Carino’s can be found at: 3551 E Fairview Ave Meridian, ID 83642 (208) 888-7801

7. Uncle Guiseppe’s

This is a classic Italian American bistro churning out delicious sandwiches like their classic “Soprano”, “DiMaggio: and the favorite “Forget About It”.

Come for the Italian pastries and made from scratch sides. There is an Italian market where you an can find hard to get items only from Italy. Enjoy the best meatball sandwich in Boise.

10 best Italian restaurants in boise

What makes Uncle Giuseppe’s special:

  • Classic Italian American food
  • Freshest ingredients
  • Best Meatball Sandwitch around
  • Italian food store


Uncle Guiseppe’s can be found at: 6826 N Glenwood St Garden City, ID 83714 (208) 853-1594

8. Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria

Born from the culinary traditions of Neapolitan pizza, Flatbread uses an 800 degree wood burning oven to craft unique pizza and flatbread recipes from traditional pizza making techniques, delicious!

Family friendly place with outside seating (weather permitting), large fire pits and a charming setting right in the center of the Bown Crossing Marketplace, dont mis this fantastic Italian fare.

10 best Italian restaurants in boise
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What makes Flatbread special:

  • One of a kind pizza and flatbread recipies
  • Affordable
  • Located next to the Greenbelt
  • Outside fire pits


Flatbread can be found at: 3139 S Bown Way Boise, ID 83706 (208) 343-4177

9. Olive Garden

This is a tried and true family friendly Italian chain restaurant where you can get their famous never ending salad, breadsticks or all you can eat shrimp dish that will always fill you up.

Their recipes are traditional and always delicious, olive Garden is a good spot for a quick meal.

10 best Italian restaurants in boise
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What makes Olive Garden special:

  • Family favorite
  • All you can eat salad & shrimp
  • Affordable
  • Open Sundays


Olive Garden can be found at: 320 N Milwaukee St Boise, ID 83714 (208) 322-3327

10. Gino’s Italian Ristorante

Authentic Italian cuisine including sandwiches, deserts, antipasti and traditional recipes like Baked Ziti, Cannelloni and of course Lasagna. You will find a full range of Italian dishes at Gino’s

Unmatched Neapolitan cuisine in the treasure valley, Gino’s uses ingredients sourced from local vendors including meats, breads and produce. This place has some delicious Italian food.

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What makes Gino’s Italian Ristorante special:

  • Family inspired Neoplotan food
  • Affordable
  • Fabulous Italian wine list
  • Amazing antipasti


Gino’s can be found at: 3015 W McMillan Rd Meridian, ID 83646 (208) 887-7710

Final Thoughts on Italian Restaurants in Boise

From Neapolitan style to Northern and Southern style Italian food, we have a fantastic variety here in Boise. I would love to hear your thoughts on the above list and would like to recommend a recent Community Spotlight article on Lucky 13 where they serve fantastic pizzas in East Boise.

As always, drop me a line with your suggestions.

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