Tony's - Piper - Mazzeh - St. Patty's Bistro @ BoDo 

Cafe, Pizza Sidles the Egyptian

Pizza by the slice may be sushi's most competitive rival food trend in the City of Trees, but Tony Vuolo of Tony's Pizzeria Teatro just may have the ne plus ultra pie concept. After ambitiously gutting the decades-old sliver of a room no one really knew existed alongside the Egyptian Theatre, Vuolo went to work renovating, laying the brick walls and floor tile himself. One windowed wall along Capitol Boulevard, bright yellow walls and a row of painted canvases promise a wine bar kind of evening—as opposed to that of the rough and tumble late night slice scavengers. Tony's opened softly early this week with salad, soup and brick oven Napolean-style pizza. Slices are only sold 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with pies available any time.

Tony's Pizzeria Teatro, 103 Capitol Blvd.

Familiar Eats Get a Makeover

This column has enough fodder each week just by covering the new and opening eateries but "new" isn't the only news. Some of Boise's most familiar restaurants are going through behind-the-scenes changes that will tweak—and hopefully improve—the food, the quality, the atmosphere and your experience.

Holding down the second-floor corner at Eighth and Main streets since 1989, the Piper Pub and Grill has been on the verge of changing hands since last fall. Friday, March 10, the papers were signed and new owners Leroy Mickey and Randy and Marlene Bock officially took over with Tim Henry as executive chef. Look for a grand reopening within the next several weeks when, Mickey says, Boise can expect to see the Piper roll out a new menu—one which brings back a few Piper originals like clam linguine and kung pao chicken and offers hearty, healthy upscale pub food. Mickey also plans to reinstate the express lunch program and to expand the pub's catering and downtown delivery services.

Piper Pub and Grill, 150 N. 8th St., Suite 200, 343-2444,

Mazzeh has also had a recent change of management. Relaunching the store with a grand reopening next week, the Mediterranean eatery will offer $3 falafels and $4 gyros to all customers Monday, March 20, through Thursday, March 23.

Mazzeh, 1772 W. State St., 333-2566,

St. Patrick's Day Feast at Bistro @ BoDo

A Boise mainstay that's undergone an extreme restaurant makeover in the last few months is the former Kulture/Koffee Klatsch, now Bistro @ BoDo. Though the new owners aren't new news, the St. Patty's Day pris fixe dinner is an impressive indication of the restaurant's new-found identity. Emerald Isle-trained Chef Will House combines Idaho and Ireland in a unique St. Patrick's Day meal. On the menu? Irish Boxty potato cakes topped with Idaho caviar, a fish and chips salad with malt vinaigrette, watercress soup and a Ballymaloe Bacon Chop with Irish Whiskey Sauce. Honor the patron saint of Ireland in style.

Friday, March 17, seating at 6 p.m., $75 per person. Bisto @ BoDo, 409 S. 8th St., reservations recommended, 345-0452.

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