The rule is: If it’s your Birthday, you pick where you want to eat and you can have anything on the menu. There are several photos I have of Robin, and this is one of my favorites. She is beautiful! and the Love of My Life. Happy Birthday!
She chose Alavita in Boise and it was good. One of the last times we will be able to sit on the patio – the weather is changing. Here is what we had for dinner. And thanks Marnie and Eric for joining us. And Chris and Anna were there in spirit. Left Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. Cheers!

Robin. And the shirt says

I’m a September woman. I was Born with My
Heart On My Sleeve
A fire In My Soul
and A Mouth I Can’t Control


Marnie and Eric

Chef’s House Salumeria Board
Variety of house cured meats & house-made pickles

Crispy Pork Belly
Cognac glazed apples, shallots toasted almonds & olive oil

House Salad
Organic spring mix, house-pickled vegetables, shaved parmesan & house Italian dressing

Marnie had

Heirloom Beet Salad
Rainbow of beets, shaved fennel, arugula, goat cheese feta, toasted pistachios & champagne vinaigrette

And our dinners were –

Robin had –

New Zealand Rack of Lamb
White bean puree, roasted summer peppers, house pickled radish & mint salsa verde

Eric and Marnie had –

House-made Sicilian sausage, oven blistered tomatoes, fresh basil, shaved garlic & parmesan

I had –

Angel Hair Pasta
Butter-poached prawns, tomatoes, light gorgonzola Alfredo, fresh thyme, fresh scallions & toasted garlic

And of course one cannot have a good Italian dinner without wine. Here is what we had.

Robin loves a good prosecco and here is one!

And then a hearty Neyers – friends of Robin’s – Zinfandel.

From their website –

ÀLAVITA is all about fresh pasta and local ingredients—from Tortellini to Rigatoni, Linguini to Pappardelle—created freshly every day using Northwest flour and local eggs. A restaurant whose name means “to life,” (Well actually two words– ‘alla’ ‘vita’ –that we put together to create one…ÀLAVITA) is a great place for celebrating life with good friends, business associates and family alike.
What we believe: great food needs to be fresh, uncomplicated, relatable and well executed in order to get out-of-the-way of the local ingredients and find the pleasure in their innate flavors and qualities. In the vein of a traditional Italian osteria as a casual, local gathering place (An Italian Joint) to discover locally inspired cuisine, friends, wine, and creative craft cocktails, our menu reflects a new twist on Italian fare that is inspired by local, regional ingredients. As we do at Fork (by the same creators), we firmly subscribe to our mantra of being ‘Loyal To Local.
ÀLAVITA procures many local ingredients from the Treasure Valley, Northwest and beyond to create dishes in an updated Italian presentation; hence, Locally Inspired Italian. Along with the full bar, there is a modest beer selection and wine list to choose from. ÀLAVITA is proud to provide a myriad of gluten free options upon request and 90% of our menu can be prepared gluten free. Please see the {gf} on our menu for details.
The joy of eating fresh seasonal ingredients prepared simple and well among good company is one shared by all at ÀLAVITA. It is with this simple thought in mind that we invite you to join us to celebrate life and be a part of our family.