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Jun
2016
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Dining

Casual Dining at its Best

It was the first official day of summer vacation for my family and I a) wanted to celebrate and b) didn’t feel like cooking dinner. To the rescue? Bald Mountain Pizza & Pasta in the Sun Valley Village. No planning, no shopping, no clean up, just tasty Italian-influenced food the whole family will love in a pleasant and casual atmosphere. Did I also mention it’s a great way to feed your group in a budget-friendly way?


Bald Mountain Pizza & Pasta, located in the heart of the Sun Valley Village, is a great place to enjoy an affordable family-friendly meal

Bald Mountain Pizza & Pasta is located in the heart of the Sun Valley Village in a quaint building with a lovely deck. (Fair warning to parents: it’s directly across from the popular Chocolate Foundry, a favorite for children young and old, and there may be some begging for homemade fudge or specialty chocolates after dinner! Unless they opt for Bald Mountain Pizza & Pasta’s delicious desserts made by Sun Valley’s incredible pastry team. Choices include cheesecake, chocolate ‘moose’ and seasonal specialties.) But I am getting ahead of myself. Let’s focus on dinner. The tantalizing menu at Bald Mountain Pizza & Pasta in and of itself promises to entice everyone’s palate with simple and tasty food. There are pizzas, pasta, calzones, salads, crowd-pleasing appetizers, and a children’s menu.

Choose from favorites that include starters like homemade Mediterranean Hummus, classic Bruschetta, Fennel Apple Salad, and Spinach Artichoke Dip. Go on to build your own calzone or order the “Napoletano” – mozzarella, ricotta, parmigiano cheese and sopressata. Pizza choices are sure to please every palate. From the traditional ‘make-your-own’ to specialties like the “Bald Mountain” (Italian sausage, pepperoni, roasted garlic, olives, red and green peppers), the “Idaho” (Idaho potato, bacon, green onions and white cheddar topped with sour cream), and the “Smoked Pulled Pork and Gouda” (Fire braised pork shoulder, yellow onion, roasted red pepper, gouda and parsley), your taste buds will be dancing with joy.


Caption: Spaghetti and meatballs, just like mom makes (or a lot better at our house!), is my children’s favorite

Little foodies can choose from kid pleasing dishes like spaghetti and meatballs, Penne Alfredo, cheese pizza or a one topping pizza and child-friendly beverages like milk, chocolate milk, apple and cranberry juice. All the options are priced to please. 

When two of my children and I settled into a comfortable booth, there was much discussion of what to have. We finally settled on a little of everything: mozzarella sticks, because who doesn’t love mozzarella sticks, a pepperoni calzone, spaghetti and meatballs, and an individual barbecue chicken pizza that was prepared with a spicy barbecue sauce, caramelized red onions, jalapenos, cilantro and mushrooms. I enjoyed a glass of icy cold Sauvignon Blanc from the wine and beer menu, too. After all, it was the first day of summer!


My personal favorite at Bald Mountain Pizza & Pasta is the personal size barbecue chicken pizza that is full of flavor and has just enough heat

Our experienced and attentive server, Aaron, was great with recommendations and making sure all was well. My son, who is 11, sometimes opts for child-friendly options, sometimes not, but Aaron was sure to offer him coloring pages and the children’s menu that he politely declined – after all, he did just finish Elementary School!

In under an hour, we enjoyed a filling, delicious meal and the bill did not give me sticker shock.  It was a gorgeous evening, so we took time to walk around the Sun Valley Village to say hello to the swan at the Lodge pond, the ducks in the Village pond, and, of course, we ended up a the old fashioned ice cream shop, a la mode for cookies and cream milkshakes. It’s good to be a kid during the summer!


Sun Valley’s traditional ice cream parlor, a la mode, is a great place to stop to cool off or to end an evening with a creamy dessert

Another fun post-dinner option at the Village is a first-run movie at the Sun Valley Opera House. The theater recently converted to Sony Digital Cinema and new state-of-the-art audio equipment and is a really enjoyable way to beat the heat and have some casual fun.

Dinner at Bald Mountain Pizza & Pasta is a terrific option when you would like a night out, but don’t want to worry about finding a family-friendly and affordable spot that will appeal to your entire group, whether you are a group of two on a date or a whole family reunion.

For added convenience, Bald Mountain Pizza & Pasta also offers carryout and Resort delivery to guests. For more information on the restaurant, please call 208-622-2143. And for more information about the Opera House schedule please click HERE or call 208-622-2244. The restaurant is open nightly for your convenience from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Bon appétit!


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