Ask anyone in North Idaho where to go for the best Italian food and you’ll likely get one answer: Angelo’s Ristorante in Coeur d’Alene.

Angelo Brunson, a chef who studied in Seattle and California, opened his ristorante in November 2004. Not long after the doors opened, it was packed from word of mouth recommendations. The place is almost always full of hungry diners. Even celebrities like John Elway and Lindsay Wagner have been spotted in the dining room.

Sit back, and allow yourself to be temporarily transported to Venice with the soft lighting and romantic ambiance. It’s not difficult with your table covered with a white tablecloth, candles and soft Italian music playing.

Start your dining experience by perusing the wine list that includes a long line of Italian reds as well as bottles from local wineries like Coeur d’Alene Cellars. While many are only available by the bottle, there is a good-sized list of wines by the glass to choose from. The menu contains recommendations of food and wine pairings, but if you still need help, your server will guide you in the right direction.

With appetizers like Dungeness crab and Shrimp Cake and Grilled Eggplant parcels with goat cheese, tomato, basil and pine nuts, you won’t want to pass up ordering something delicious to start while your meal is prepared.

Angelo serves authentic Italian meals made as organic as possible with many ingredients from local farmers’ markets. Selecting an entrée at Angelo’s can be a difficult choice. Seafood lovers will enjoy the lobster ravioli, fettuccini al pescatore or shrimp scampi. Angelo’s fresh fettuccini alfredo is rich, creamy and one-of-a-kind. For the meat and potatoes man, try the rib eye steak- prepared with organic, grass fed beef. All entrees come with soup or salad and Angelo’s homemade ciabatta bread.

After a rich, hearty, flavorful meal, dessert may not seem possible. But if you save room, your server will bring out a tray of delicacies sure to make your mouth water. The tiramisu at Angelo’s is a favorite among frequent guests.

If you’d like a lighter meal, Angelo’s is also open for lunch. Smaller portions of their dinner entrees are offered as well as delicious pizza.

The only thing better than the food at Angelo’s, is the service. Patrons are guaranteed friendly, efficient service and a wine glass that never empties. Whatever the occasion may be, the staff at Angelo’s is sure to make your dining experience unforgettable.

What & Where:
Angelo’s Ristorante
(846 N 4th St, Coeur d Alene; 208-765-2850)
Angelo’s is open daily. Lunch is served from 11 am to 4 PM. Dinner is served from 5 to 9 PM. Reservations recommended.