A Different Brand of Pizza

The Wylder has taken authentic Italian food and combined it with the American modern city scene, and the result is a restaurant like no other in Boise.


The fusion of Italian and American at The Wylder. (André Souza)

André Souza, Reporter

It has to be said. Boise is becoming overrun with pizza. With everything from New-York-Style to takeout, local restaurants to international chains, we have all the pizza we could ever want just a few minutes away. Downtown alone is home to over 10 different pizza restaurants, but one of them is doing things differently. With hand-made artisan pizza, and many other options, The Wylder has taken authentic Italian food and combined it with the American modern city scene, and the result is a restaurant like no other in Boise.

The outside is modern-looking, a six- story black brick building with 3 offset apartment blocks. One side has a mural on it, purple clouds over the foothills. On the bottom story on the corner of 5th and Broad Streets, you’ll find The Wylder.

As you walk into the restaurant, you’ll hear the sounds of loud conversation, and well as some quiet music. The inside is modern, but not in the way one might think. Cement columns and floors are combined with metal chairs at the bar, and wooden tables, bars, and booths. The painted walls are also accented by wooden wine stands and a slat ceiling piece. The restaurant is well lit, with large windows and lights. Outdoor seating is limited, but available, and if you come at a busy time, usually from 5 to 9pm, you may have to wait for a table.

The staff are very welcoming and attentive, always asking how the food is and if you want more water. They are young, professional and organized, and seem to work together as a well-oiled machine.

The menu is not large, but still gives a good amount of options, ranging from meatball subs to veggie salads. The main attraction, however, is the pizza. Right away your eyes are drawn to the right side of the menu, where you’ll see a list of Red and White pizzas. The red pizzas are made with organic Bianco DiNapoli tomato sauce, and the white pizzas are made with parmesan cream sauce. If you’re looking for a more traditional Italian experience, choose a red pizza, but if you are looking to try something new, go with the white.

In terms of flavour, you can’t go wrong with the classic Margherita pizza. Topped with delicious melted mozzarella and fragrant basil, it won’t disappoint. If you’re a meat lover, or even just a meat-liker, there are plenty of options for you, and they all have their own Italian flair. The farm girl pizza is one that you should get only if you like heavy doses of garlic, otherwise, stick to the known.

Now to the downside. All of this fresh, hand crafted food, comes at a very high price. While the pizza is some of the best in the valley, this is a restaurant that will break your bank if you go too often. The Wylder might be a good place to take someone out, or to go for a birthday dinner, but it is not for just any regular occasion. It would even be good for a nice casual homecoming meal.

Overall, The Wylder’s food is exceptional, to go right along with its exceptional service and atmosphere. This unique pizza place has taken Boise by storm, and it should be visited, just maybe when someone else is paying.