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UPDATED: Italian restaurant to open in Boise (with a racket-shaped pizza!)

A new restaurant is coming to the former Jades Chopstick space.
A new restaurant is coming to the former Jades Chopstick space. mdeeds@idahostatesman.com

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 Northgate Shopping Center used to be Jades Chopstick, which closed recently.

For diners unfamiliar with the term “trattoria,” Nicoletta, who was born in Italy, translates it like this: “A casual dining experience for those who enjoy authentic food at a reasonable price.”

A construction permit was issued in January, according to research provided by online remodeling marketplace BuildZoom. Improvements are slated to include upgraded kitchen equipment, the removal of built-in booths and, yep — the addition of a free-standing pizza oven. The oven will bake tempting-sounding selections such as panuozzo (folded, stuffed pizza, $12.95) and rachetta (a racket-shaped pizza with a stuffed handle, $13.95).

Vincenzo Trattoria will serve pasta made fresh daily. The pasta will be available in 10 different cuts ranging from pappardelle and spaghetti to rigatoni and egg fettucine. Eleven sauce choices are planned for the pastas, such as bolognese ($15.95), amatriciana (pork cheeks and tomato sauce, $17.95), vongole (garlic, extra virgin olive oil, fresh clams, $17.95) and Vincenzo (chopped shrimp, shallots, capers, brandy, cream and tomato, $17.95).

Other food choices will include lasagne bolognese ($18.95) and various hot and cold antipasti. (Scroll through the photos at the top of this article to view the menu.)

Nicoletta recently relocated to Boise after operating Vincenzo Ristorante in Santa Monica, Calif., for 20 years, he says.

It appears that Vincenzo Trattoria will focus on rich, traditional flavors. In the words of Leonardo Da Vinci, “La semplicità è la suprema sofisticazione.”

Michael Deeds: 208-377-6407, @michaeldeeds