When you're in the mood for Italian food in Boise, there are so many choices. It's hard to decide what the best places are. Is it the hole in the wall down the street? Or is it the prominent place downtown? We searched the reviews to come up with the list of the most delicious Italian restaurants in Boise. These recommendations are based on Yelp, Google, and Facebook reviews.
#1 - Luciano's
11 North Orchard Street, Boise, ID 83706; (208) 577-6415
Yelp! - 4.0 (605 Reviews); Google - 4.6 (2,074 Reviews); Facebook - 4.7 (454 Votes)
Casual, classy, affordable with a great wine list. Common themes of reviews are that the food is fantastic and has some excellent gluten-free options. More recent reviews have noted a change in service that most haven't been fond of.
#2 - Cucina Di Paolo
1504 South Vista Avenue, Boise, ID 83705; (208) 345-7150
Yelp - 4.5 (208 Reviews); Google - 4.8 (442 Reviews); Facebook - 5.0 (1 Vote)
Great for lunch or an early dinner because they close at 7. Only takeout service is being offered at this time. They just reopened after the death of their longtime owner and chef. They have one of the most recognizable signs in Boise, and the food is outstanding, according to the reviews.
#3 - il Sugo Italian Kitchen
904 West Main Street, Boise, ID 83702; (208) 386-3354
Yelp -4.5 (77 Reviews); Google -4.6 (73 Reviews); Facebook - 5.0 (27 Votes)
The newcomer on this list, having opened in the Spring of 2019. Indoor and outdoor dining. il Sugo is located downtown in what is the Main Street Deli. They transform into il Sugo at 3pm. They specialize in locally made pasta. The fact that they made this list quickly with the rest of our list being longtime Boise staples is pretty impressive.
#4 - Alavita
807 West Idaho Street, Boise, ID 83702; (208) 780-1100
Yelp - 4.0 (281 Reviews); Google - 4.5 (508 Reviews); Facebook - 4.6 (1 Vote)
The reviews of this downtown restaurant frequently talk about the craft cocktails and the high quality of flavors. There is indoor and outdoor dining, and you can't beat the location at 8th and Idaho.