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“Nice Family Restaurant, good food, reasonable prices”

Louie's Pizza & Italian Restaurant
Ranked #30 of 248 Restaurants in Meridian
Price range: US$7 - US$17
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Louie's Restaurant was born out of necessity in 1965. It wasn't so much that Ketchum-Sun Valley needed another restaurant. Louie Mallane, the founder and proprietor, used his Italian heritage and previous restaurant experience to fill the pizza niche in this small resort area. Living the American dream of owning your own business Louie opened up Ketchum's first Italian Restaurant. With a bank loan of $150, he purchased flour, mushrooms, napkins, and a few other necessary items. Then he rented the kitchen of Nedder's Bar and set up shop, making as many as 20 pizzas a day. Within six weeks, Louie had paid off his original loan. Six months later, he moved to expanded quarters in the Sawtooth Club. Louie was his own cook, and hired waitresses. The dining room sat 40 people, but the bar was soon expanded to the dining room. Two and one-half years later Louie's moved to a building which had been the first church in Ketchum. In the ensuing years it had also served as an espresso house and beer garden. After 35 wonderful years of business in the Ketchum-Sun Valley area Louie and his wife Margaret moved to Boise to be with their children and grandchildren. The people and the memories of the Ketchum restaurant have made such a positive impact on Louie and his family, but also touched the lives of many old employees and patrons as well. As the reputation for quality pizzas and Italian food grew Louie has always worked hard to give you, the customer, the best value for your dollar. Always experimenting with new recipes and using the freshest ingredients possible is the commitment Louie's is always giving to quality at a fair price.
Reviewed April 20, 2010

I went to dinner with my son and his girlfriend who suggested the restaurant. The staff was friendly, service excellent, food tasty and servings large. I noticed a wide variety of ages and families present. One fun moment was when a diner had a birthday at a table nearby and the restaurant owner came over and sang "happy birthday" in Italian in quite a good voice.

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Reviewed March 4, 2009

We were visiting friends that live and grew up from the area and they recommended this place and it did not disappoint. The 4 of us split a Family sized Sausage Pizza and each got salads and were plenty full. The Sausage pizza was excellent as the sausage was the crumbly kind.

Our friends said the atmosphere was way better at their old location but the food was still amazing.

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Reviewed November 24, 2008

good food and nice atmosphere

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Reviewed November 11, 2008

....Not to say there is a lot of italian to choose from. The downtown location (RIP) was amazing in everyway- great location, service, ambiance, food. The Meridian place- traffice kind of stinks, parking is fine, but the ambiance is gone. It feels sterile and chairs are very uncomfortble. That said- it's worth it. The food is amazing. I have had almost everything in the menu and while some of it is a bit bland (I say stay away from the alfredo, kind of boring, but my wife could live on it) most of the menu is amazing. Order the family style- pizza, salad, garlic bread and two entrees for $12 per person, and you will get to try a bit of everything. The pizza that comes with the family style is unreal- and don't miss out on the Lasagna. I can't believe that there aren't more good reviews of this place on here- it is excepted among all locals that this is THE place for Itialian in the Boise area.

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Reviewed July 10, 2008

Didn't like it the first time I went so I went again a couple years later. Nice building but slow getting the food and it really wasn't all that good.

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