It's too easy to think of Italian cuisine as a pile of pasta topped with red sauce. But Asiago's shows the delightful range of Italian food--taking the fundamentals of the culinary style and tweaking them with creative touches. It's the reason Boise Weekly readers flock to the downtown eatery when they crave a touch of the Old World with a hint of the New World to liven it up. A glass of vino never hurts, either. 1002 Main St., Boise, 208-336-5552, asiagos.com.
Second Place: Gino's Italian Ristorante
Third Place: Alavita, alavitaboise.com