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Reviewed September 23, 2022

Full confession. When I read homemade pasta I was expecting a cozy mom and pop restuarant with plenty of marina. Alavita is truly fine dining at very reasonable prices. Served in a great atmosphere with a kind of hip and trendy vibe. Outstanding homemade pasta...served in creative dishes and brought to your table piping hot. Our server Mara was attentive and informed. She knew what was on the menu and could advise. Top notch service. I had the black ravioli. Hubby had the pappardelle. Both were outstanding. Make sure you leave room for dessert and have the Vanilla Budino. It's kind of like creme brulee but served in a mason jar with caramel sauce with toffee pieces covered with pretzels and sea salt caramel on the side. Totally excellent. Please make sure you have a reservation. We didn't and were thrilled we could get in at 5 PM on a Saturday night. Truly the dining experience of our trip and really for quite some time. To be able to eat such high quality food in such an amazing atmosphere with outstanding service at such a reasonable price was exceptional. We are so glad we dined. We would return and would make a reservation!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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cameron lumsden, Owner at Alavita, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2022

Hi Wanda, thank you so much for the rave review. We appreciate your support in dining at ALAVITA - it was our pleasure to make sure your time with us was memorable. Cheers.

Reviewed September 11, 2022 via mobile

We visited from the east coast and think Olivita, without a doubt, holds a candle to some of the best Italian food in NJ and NY! A must if looking for delicious Italian! Wait staff is wonderful too!!!

Date of visit: September 2022
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cameron lumsden, Owner at Alavita, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2022

Hi Pat, we appreciate the time you took to leave such a thoughtful review. Thanks for dining at ALAVITA. Cheers.

Reviewed February 21, 2022

We went here for my daughter's 24th birthday. We shared the burrata and calamari for appetizers and everyone tried a different main course. The food was delicious and the service was great. The pasta is made fresh daily and is a must try. I enjoyed...the evening.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Eclumsden, Owner at Alavita, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2022

Hi Boise Buttercup, thanks for including ALAVITA in your daughter's birthday plans, we loved being part of the celebration. We're pleased to hear you had such a great evening and thank you for the review. Cheers.

Reviewed December 17, 2021 via mobile

Our experience for a business dinner this week was exceptional. Perfect service and impeccable food. We were walking around trying to find a nice place, and we happened on Alavita by chance. Small restaurant with an intimate appeal. Thank you for a perfect evening!

Date of visit: December 2021
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Eclumsden, Owner at Alavita, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2022

Hi Taylor, thank you so much for the rave review. As a small, locally-owned business we take reviews seriously as they impact us greatly. Thanks for taking the time. Cheers!

Reviewed August 11, 2021 via mobile

The burrata and black ravioli were excellent, however the tagliatelle was a disappointment. It had way too much pepper. It tasted like a Mexican dish. I have traveled extensively in Italy and I know how a good bolognese sauce should taste.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Eclumsden, Owner at Alavita, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2021

Hello, thanks for your review. I apologize that our Tagliatelle wasn't for you. I hope that we were notified of your dissatisfaction and were given the opportunity to make it right prior to your departure.

Reviewed July 2, 2021

This was absolutely the best restaurant we went to on our vacation! We couldn't get a reservation but they told us to come when they open and we could sit on the patio. We managed to get a table inside. We had the burrata and...grilled artichokes for an appetizer and they were excellent. The warm asparagus salad was exceptional, as well as all of our dishes and deserts. This is definitely a cut above your typical Italian restaurant, with fresh made pasta and high quality ingredients. We loved it. The service was also very good and our waitress took her time in explaining the dishes in detail and giving her recommendations.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 10, 2021 via mobile

Visiting friends in Boise, so they suggested this place. Nice atmosphere inside and a cool setting. Wife ordered the Bolognese which was pretty good. I had the Braised Short Ribs, while tasty, a bit overcooked. Good drinks and very good service. Wish they offered more...entree items , but would certainly return.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 12, 2021

WOW - so glad we chose Alavita for our celebration dinner while visiting Boise. The food and cocktails were excellent. The burrata cheese appetizer was particularly outstanding. Very friendly service & atmosphere. Wish there was an Alavita where I live!

Date of visit: May 2021
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Eclumsden, Public Relations Manager at Alavita, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2021

Hi Glenbeigh, thank you so much for including ALAVITA in your Boise itinerary. Cheers!

Reviewed May 10, 2021

As always, the food here is very good. Not your typical Italian joint, they actually take their time to craft great, one-of-a-kind dishes. HOWEVER, the service was really bad. To their defense, our server did tell us he was training and I don't think it...was him (plus there was no one shadowing him). I think the kitchen may have been overwhelmed and unusually slow. We did get a little put off by the fact that a couple seated 20 minutes after us was served and out the door before us. One item to point out. The most uncomfortable booth ever. I'm not small but not over large and it was a very tight fit. I'm not sure the logic in designing that type of booth but it is a reality in a lot of restaurants. I guess the sacrifice for one adds square footage to seat another. We'll be back, at a table and enjoying the Burrata appetizer!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 9, 2021

I loved the caesar salad and the puttenesca. My only complaint is that the waiter was more interested in the table ordering bottles of wine vs us who just had a glass. and it was my birthday!

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed December 29, 2020

First we have eaten at Alavita about 5 times over the last several years. We really love the ambience. The room is very quaint and cozy. Initially the food was pretty good. The menu was not like the chain Olive Garden in any way, it...was short. I did think it was expensive so we cut back going there for fairly average food. We , five of us, ate there as a family Christmas tradition. At this recent meal I was spoken quite condescendingly after forgetting my mask. In light of our bill being over $300 I thought the hostess did not need to talk down me and could have simply been more "informative". I would have left and gone elsewhere but not to ruin our yearly meal. My wife had a black pasta dish which she did not like, My ribs were fine actually which was the first time I could say my entree was good. The pasta dishes our girls ordered were unremarkable. To make this short, the food was average, service good, ambience good but not worth the few hundred we spent. I would put our meal this way, we do not have plans to patronize the restaurant again. Just very ordinary food.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed December 16, 2020

We had the pleasure of being graced by Shaina's presence as our waitress for our celebratory dinner. I have managed the Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott hotels in the last 4 years in Los Angeles, and I have to say, Shaina's personality and professionalism, as...well as the rest of the staff we have interacted with (unfortunately, I did not get their names) remind me of that same excellence in service, ambiance and quality of food and drink in these establishments. I am so grateful my partner and I found this gem in downtown Boise. Shaina paid attention to detail, especially since we each have food allergies. She was personable, and always had a big smile that you could see through a mask. The one thing that really caught my attention was how she called my partner by his first name. He didn't introduce himself to her, but she caught his name through his credit card at the time of billing. It isn't much, but that's the quality of service you only see in luxury tier hotels. Alavita definitely feels luxurious. It felt like home. Your staff should be rewarded for their quality of service and training and should be an example in regards to customer service to all top tier businesses in Idaho. I am very happy to know this business has survived in spite of a pandemic, and it isn't hard to understand why it has survived in the face of adversity––it is your staff! Thank you for a wonderful experience, Alavita and Shaina. We will see you again!More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed August 21, 2020 via mobile

This is the favorite restaurant of some old friends we are visiting in town. Following the advice of our friends, we had the meatball appetizer, which was fine, but not as flavorful as I thought it might be. Then my wife and I shared two...pasta dishes - one with mild sausage and tomatoes and a red-ish sauce, and the other one with a lighter, oil-based sauce with veggies. Both were good, though I was hoping for a little more zip in the spicy sausage. Service was excellent. With drinks, tax and tip, it was about $140 for four. It's a nice venue with an interesting selection of pasta dishes.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed February 19, 2020 via mobile

Great ambience, an amazing waitress...unfortunately combined with small portion sizes with pretty bland flavored dishes. We actually had to hit up a taco shop down the street after eating here for a do-over of our date. I had a chicken dish that tasted like over...cooked chicken mixed with a couple tomatoes, and my wife had a dish that was equally dismal. We split a ceasar salad that was probably the highlight of our meal. We had originally wanted to eat at Luciano's, but their line was out the door. We won't be back anytime soon, it was pretty disappointing.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed December 4, 2019

Really nice little place. Funky and cool dining room. VERY open kitchen. Huge cool square bar with patron seats all the way around. Cool booths like look like they are from a haunted house. Sister restaurant of the always amazing Fork, but totally different menu...and vibe. Everything we ordered was great, as were the cocktails and the service was perfect.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Eclumsden, Owner at Alavita, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2019

Greg, thank you so much for the support and rave review. We sincerely appreciate it. Cheers.

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