If you build it, they might not necessarily come. But if you build it in a place virtually devoid of competitors, the odds are a lot better. In November 2012, Luciano's began serving handmade Italian food in a rather secluded spot on the Boise Bench, off Orchard near Fred Meyer — in an area where restaurants are few and far between.   Read...

At this time of year, most Pacific Northwest winemakers are spending vacation time with their families in advance of the crush of harvest.   Greg Koenig didn't have the luxury of much relaxation this summer, yet it's been perhaps the most satisfying time of his winemaking career. The graduate of the University of Notre Dame's famed architect...

By Joey Martin   Culinary Arts students from the College of Southern Idaho tested their Italian cooking skills for the 11th annual Italian Buffet. The annual event tests the skills of CSI Culinary Arts and Hospitality students as they prepare and serve Italian cuisine for the general public. The evening's menu featured an array of...

By Mauro Battocchi I am pleased to share with you news that an outstanding scholar has been appointed to The College of ldaho's new Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies. Dr. Federica Francesconi, currently of the University of Oregon's Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies, will join the College of Idaho faculty next fall...

by James Patrick Kelly Grimaldi's pizzeria at The Village at Meridian plays its New York City theme well. The red-and-white checkered tablecloths will have diners humming Billy Joel's song, "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant." And yes, you can get "A bottle of white, a bottle of red, perhaps a bottle of rose instead," because the wine list bo...

by Catherine Accardi   Mauro Battocchi's last day as San Francisco's beloved Consul General will be July 8, 2016. He has been Italy's Consul General in San Francisco since September, 2012. For the past four years, Battocchi has presided over countless events with a never-ending smile and seemingly boundless grace that will be sorely mis...