More and more cities across the country have been renaming the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day. Earlier this week, Moscow in the western part of the state became the first city in Idaho to rename the holiday. The Moscow City Council approved the change on Monday in a 5-to-1 vote. The city follows the U...

Luciano’s Italian Restaurant, 11 N. Orchard St., Boise, is set to open a second location later this year. Luciano Caffe is under construction along the Garden City side of the Greenbelt where it meets the footbridge from Esther Simplot Park. The location is a stone’s throw from the developing Waterhouse Row townhouse project and the J.A. and Kathry...

For the owners of Villano’s Italian restaurant in Old Town Pocatello, it’s all about paying it forward. Or as they call it — “Pizza Forward.” Last week, Aaron and Lisa Villano launched a new campaign at their restaurant at 165 N. Main St. that allows customers to buy a $2 slice of pizza for somebody who is homeless or can’t afford a hot meal. Those...

Most states have communities named Florence. Not all are cities. There are towns and villages and unincorporated communities in several states that still are important enough to get attention from Wikipedia. It seemed likely that some would have been named for Florence Nightingale but I found none. Several were named after Florence, Italy, the I...

A new dine-in restaurant is offering items a little more fresh, “or fresco” than nearby locales. Fresco Kitchen and Grill opened April 5 next to the SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Rexburg. Locals are raving about having a classy spot, which serves made-from-scratch menu items. “We have Italian in us, but we also have some American. It’s almost li...

Italian-born chefs who ply their time-honored trade in America are known to be rigid in their conviction to serve Italian cuisine that is as authentic as possible. That’s a good thing. Why change how things have been done by generations of cooks? There’s plenty of that newfangled Italian fare in this country, anyway. You know what I’m talking about...

While a few new restaurants have opened in the region recently, one stands out for being a delivery meal service specializing in lasagna. Christian Stratford and Drew Baxter plan to open their new Beradi's Italian Cucina by the end of April. “Our lasagna is pretty consistently amazing,” Stratford said. “There are a lot of really good Italian dishes...

A restaurateur who ran an Italian eatery for two decades in Southern California has set up shop in Boise’s Northgate Shopping Center. New restaurant Vincenzo Trattoria is slated to open at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at 6970 W. State St., says chef and manager Vincenzo Nicoletta. Nicoletta, who was born in Italy, defines a trattoria as “a casual dini...

Locals have hyped Buddy’s Italian Restaurant for years and for good reason. Owner Steve Piper says the restaurant prides itself on quality service and consistently great tasting food. “We make our own spaghetti sauces, pizza sauces, pizza dough and sausage — everything is homemade here,” Piper says. Buddy’s has been going strong since February 1961...

With two new pizza joints appearing in the last two months, it’s tough to argue that Boise is hurting for places to grab a slice. But a new Italian restaurant? That’s an offer we can’t refuse. Vincenzo Trattoria plans to open in early March at 6970 W. State St., according to chef and manager Vincenzo Nicoletta. The 2,241-square foot space at Northg...