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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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  • Large groups
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Meridian, Idaho
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36 reviews
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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 208 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 3 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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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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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11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

If you like biscuits and gravy it's the best place to get them. The chef makes everything from scratch. Bacon to die foe along with the cheesy potatoes. A must try, you won't be disappointed.

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Boise, Idaho
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41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This family owned restaurant has some of the best pizza and Italian food in Boise. they also have a fabulous Sunday brunch something you don't want to miss.

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We were in town for a baseball tournament, and our whole team with family members ate a late lunch here. About 35 of us came as a group, and they seated us in a back room right away. Drinks were to us within 2-3 minutes along with garlic bread. The pizza came quickly too, and it was yummy. Crust was... More 

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Lompoc, California
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Although Louie's has certainly changed over the years and the prices have increased, the food is still good, the service excellent and the atmosphere very nice.

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Meridian, Idaho
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We were hungry about 4:00 pm on a weekday. We had never tried Louie's, but had driven by several times. We were the first of the early dinner crowd. We were told that the happy hour specials were available, along with dinner. The specials were "lunch size" versions, and were "just right" for what we wanted. The sauce was tasty... More 

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Additional Information about Louie's Pizza & Italian Restaurant

Address: 2500 E Fairview Ave, Meridian, ID 83642-8072
Phone Number: (208) 884-5200
Location: United States  >  Idaho (ID)  >  Meridian
Average Prices: USD 7 - 17
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pizza & Pasta, Family Fare

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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, Pizza & Pasta, Family Fare

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups

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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