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Louie's Pizza & Italian Restaurant

2500 E Fairview Ave, Meridian, ID 83642-8072
(208) 884-5200
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Ranked #25 of 183 Restaurants in Meridian
Price range: $7 - $17
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza & Pasta, Family Fare
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Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, 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.
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Boise, Idaho
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Eugene, Oregon
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

We went here for a birthday party. We had around 20 or so people in our party. The service was ok, but I felt rushed every time the next course of food was brought out. The steak I ordered was good but not remarkable. Of all the dishes ordered that night, the majority of the people in our party agreed... More

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014 via mobile

There are a handful of fine servers at this establishment. Judging by the appearance of the building, the consistency of the food, the prices of the cheap wines they offer, and how they wash your dishes in the back is utterly cheap, dissappointing, and a sign that the management crew here is careless. Countless times this restaurant has only had... More

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Boise, Idaho
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We had a group of over 40 people for a birthday party on Saturday. The family style italian food was the best...fresh salad, homemade pizza and pasta! I LOVED it!

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Boise, Idaho
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46 reviews 46 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I remember coming here as a kid and thinking it was so fancy. When we walked in, the building is beautiful, but their décor (peeling wallpaper, orange and blue BSU shirts and sweatshirts hanging on a wire from the ceiling, obviously fake plants, etc.) was tackiness at it's worst. Sitting down, we were greeted by our server, who checked on... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Louie's is always a great relaxing dinner or lunch. The pizza is very tasty! Service is always good. The chocolate cake dessert is good as well. The best part is the relaxing atmosphere though. A great choice for a last min decision for a sit down dinner.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Excellent selection of pasta, and the tortellini is absolutely wonderful. My husband and I have come here on our anniversary. One of the most memorable meal is when our waiter sang for us. The staff really gives 110%.

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