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Louie's Pizza & Italian Restaurant

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2500 E Fairview Ave, Meridian, ID 83642-8072
(208) 884-5200
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Description: Louie's Restaurant was born out of necessity in 1965. It wasn't so much...
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.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Food -

We went for a late lunch and the service was good even though the large banquet room was full. Had a Calzone and some Lasagna. Both were very good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
Bill R
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Meridian, Idaho
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  • Dining on a budget
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Nampa
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We have had 2 Wedding rehearsal dinners here and they were amazing. However I was told how amazing their Sunday brunch was and came away a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong the food that they had was great but just didn't seem to offer anymore than a everyday diner might if they had a brunch. Nothing to go wild... More 

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Parma, Idaho
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We had to wait a few minutes for the Hostess. Wasn't sure if we were suppose to seat ourselves but she was friendly and apologized. Our server was nice and helpful. Our food was good. It was on the average side but my daughter liked her baked Rigatoni. and she is on the picky side. All in all the experience... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

My family eats here for Sunday brunch about once every-other month. The food quality and selection is just average; however, there are so few buffet Sunday brunches in the Boise area, and this one is quite reasonable. The buffet features cooked-to-order omelettes, a salad bar, and a few breakfast and lunch choices. Mostly basic stuff, not much (if any) Italian... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I have been going to Louie's since 1977 when its only location was in Ketchum in a small, historical church. Now I keep coming back to the Meridian location for one thing - its sausage pizza. Louie's has the only sausage pizza that I like. It is made with crumbled, browned Italian sausage that is awesome. Louie's sauce is also... More 

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MERIDIAN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

They have a wide variety of great food. Their lasagne is wonderful. We get takeout pizza from here because of the good quality crumbled sausage. My family loves the fettucine and chicken parmesan with spaghetti also. They have gluten free pizza crust that is okay and some gluten free noodles that are very good. They have 2 private rooms in... More 

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Meridian, Idaho
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We went for a late lunch and the service was good even though the large banquet room was full. Had a Calzone and some Lasagna. Both were very good.

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Clearwater, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Met here for a mini reunion (5 people) and boy was I disappointed. It was a Sunday and they had their buffet. This was a little later in the afternoon but the buffet was still going and we went to check it out. It was in bad shape, nothing even 1/2 full, most almost empty. Looked like some type of... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Went with a group of 6. Service was horrible. Food very average at best. Ran out of water before we even got meal. Waitress came by and ask one person at the table if she needed more. Really empty glass and still did not have meal, what do you think. We asked for water for everyone came back with a... More 

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Meridian, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Louie's serves good food and has a good menu to choose from. Service can sometimes be spotty, especially if they are busy. We go for lunch and try to go before or after the lunch rush hour. They do accept reservations but twice we made them and they didn't have a record of it.

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Meridian, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My family eats out at Louie's a couple of times per month. Their staff is very friendly and the food is always good. I especially like their steak salad and their bruschetta. I also like their décor, it's an inviting place.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2500 E Fairview Ave, Meridian, ID 83642-8072
  • Location: United States  >  Idaho (ID)  >  Meridian
  • Phone Number: (208) 884-5200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 17
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget

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.

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