From a casual dinner of pizza and a bottle of wine to a fancy night out, here's what to expect from local Italian eateries

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Grilled chicken apricot fregula and diavolo sauce at Italia Trattoria.

Adelo's Pizza Adelo's opened as a strictly carry-out establishment, but moved to a nearby storefront in the fall of 2013 to start offering an eat-in option and an expanded menu that includes pasta, salads, wraps and sandwiches, as well as 18 microbrews on tap. 8801 N. Indian Trail Rd. • 464-0110 •

Angelo's Ristorante The dim interior at Angelo's is decked out in nostalgic Italiana and religious iconography. The menu features an impressive list of entrées: chicken (organic) and veal four ways, seafood, steaks and pasta dishes. Save room for tiramisu at this always popular Coeur d'Alene eatery. 846 N. Fourth St., Coeur d'Alene • 208-765-2850 •

Arlo's Ristorante When it comes to eating Italian in Sandpoint, Arlo's has got you covered. Just steps away from the river and downtown Sandpoint, the eatery has solidified a spot on the menu for its extremely popular mussels dish — an item that has sold out every time it was on special. Kick back with a great meal and a glass of wine along with regular live entertainment. 330 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-255-4186 •

Europa  A cozy place nice enough to take a date or mom, Europa is a good option for dinner or splitting a bottle of wine and ordering one of their appetizers (from calamari to hummus and spinach-artichoke dip). If it's pizza you're looking for, take a look at Europa's 13 different Tuscan-style pies. The wine list is long, varied and features something for every oenophile. Come for the food but savor the rich, warm tones and inviting mood of this European-style building, with its brick walls and exposed-beam ceilings. 125 S. Wall St. • 455-4051 •

Fedora's Fedora's smoked-glass dividers and booths create a comfy, classy dining experience. The place features 1920s gangster shtick, with servers garbed in black and — naturally — a fedora. This Italian restaurant serves authentic pasta dishes that will make your mouth water, and entrées like the prime rib that will have you craving more. Besides burgers and sandwiches, there are several "lighter side" meals, like sandwiches and salads, that are just as good as the more extravagant dishes. 1726 W. Kathleen Ave., Coeur d'Alene • 208-765-8888 •

Ferrante's Marketplace Cafe This family-owned neighborhood restaurant serves up true Italian-style pies, with fresh dough and thin crusts. The toppings are simple, but chosen for their exceptional quality. The Linguini Pomodoro ($10.95) is light and flavorful, and in the winter, the Sweet Italian ($14.95) house sausage served in a chianti sauce on penne pasta is the ultimate comfort food. 4516 S. Regal St. • 443-6304 •

Ferraro's Homemade Italian Authentic Italian family recipes from owner and chef Pat Ferraro, who originally hails from Casole Bruzio, Italy, make dinner at Ferraro's like a quick gastronomical trip to Europe. Mildly spicy broth chock-full of peas, celery, tomato, green beans, kidney beans and tiny pasta team up to comprise Ferraro's delicious minestrone, and the signature dish, spicy Chicken al Diavolo with peppers and spices, will make your mouth water and your tongue tingle. 3022 N. Division St. • 325-7443 | 11204 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • 928-2303 •

Italia Trattoria Nestled in the heart of Browne's Addition, Italia Trattoria is a home-cooked hit from former Luna chef Anna Vogel. With a focus on natural and sustainable ingredients, the menu features handmade pastas, pork prime rib chop and seasonal vegetables spiced and grilled to perfection. No one is doing Italian quite like this. 144 S. Cannon St. • 459-6000 •

Italian Kitchen Terra-cotta floor tiles, etched glass, heavy draperies, dark wood and kitschy Italiana set the mood for traditional Italian-American favorites. For lunch, the meatball sandwich is delightful. For dinner, check out gnocchi, lasagna and ravioli, plus steaks, chicken and seafood. And don't forget the dark, high-ceilinged, old-wood bar next door. 113 N. Bernard St. • 363-1210 •

Ivano's Ristorante  Roasted tomato caprese, ravioli toscano, pollo zangara, bistecca della casa. Or maybe just tiramisu and an espresso. You'll feel like you're in Italy just reading the menu. And owners Jim Lippi and daughter Jessica treat you like family. Gluten-free diners welcome. 102 S. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-0211 •

Lasagna's On Ya Pick up pre-made lasagnas inside this family-run operation on Holland Avenue or just swing through the drive-thru. There are five basic kinds to choose from, ranging from the classic meat lasagna to the Tuscan chicken (there are even gluten-free options). Don't worry, they have more. Cheese lasagnas are offered and you can also craft your own delicious Italian dish. Just in case that didn't fill you up, pick up some tiramisu or one of the seven flavors of cheesecake (we suggest you try the huckleberry). 521 E. Holland Ave. • 467-9100 | 5919 Hwy. 291, Nine Mile Falls, Wash. • 868-0650 •

Lenny's This classic Italian restaurant in Cheney offers the best of traditional Italy. The food and wine menu display tempting options for all food lovers. Guests can't get enough of the veal parmesan, and the fettuccini is made with reduced fresh cream. A great spot for the whole family. 1204 First St., Cheney, Wash. • 235-6126

Luigi's Italian Restaurant Craving Italian? Voted Best Italian for more than 10 years by Inlander readers, Luigi's serves traditional Italian favorites. Although it's tempting to fill up on the freshly baked French bread, pace yourself. Minestrone soup is next (why have a salad when their homemade soup is this good), followed by an entrée like gnocchi alfredo or chicken cacciatori. Need some gluten-free or carb-free options? No problem. 245 W. Main Ave. • 624-5226 •

Mission Bistro at Cassano's The bistro space inside family-owned Cassano's Grocery is simple, homey and authentic, as is the menu: pizza, pasta and deli sandwiches all made fresh and from scratch. Their homemade lasagna is to die for; if you'd rather try out your own Italian cooking skills, you can pick up all the desired ingredients, such as imported Italian cheeses, fresh-baked Tuscan bread and a multitude of spicy and sweet deli meats. 2002 E. Mission Ave. • 747-3888 •

Rock City Grill An American-Italian grill that doesn't rely on hokey décor to draw you in, Rock City's clean, sleek atmosphere is paired with diverse food offerings. A large pizza list, burgers and calzones are some of what you'll find. Several Thai dishes are sprinkled throughout the menu that use the grill's famous Thai peanut sauce, inclding the Thai pizza topped with chicken, prawns, mushrooms, peanuts, mozzarella and cilantro. River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave. • 455-4400 •

Tito's Italian Grill and Wine Shop Tito's Italian Grill and Wine Shop upped the elegance in recent years ago, shifting to cloth tablecloths, adding candles and expanding its wine cellar to 125 labels. Since then, it's begun offering its own wine shop, complete with a monthly wine club. Sit inside for a more elegant dinner, or spend the evening people watching with a front row seat of Coeur d'Alene's main drag on the outdoor patio. The new everyday menu features plenty of small plates, salads, brick-oven pizzas and a smattering of entrées. 210 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d'Alene • 208-667-2782 •

Tomato Street Chicken parmigiana, penne pallame and rustic Italian pizza are just a few mainstays on Tomato Street's menu that should get your mouth watering. Voted Best Italian in the Inlander's Best Of poll, Tomato Street's lively atmosphere, fun-loving staff and great food make this an ideal place to meet friends or family for a fun meal. The seemingly endless supply of garlic bread doesn't hurt, either. 6220 N. Division St. • 484-4500 | 221 W. Appleway Ave., Coeur d'Alene • 208-667-5000 •

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