The rugged mountains of Corsica are shrouded in tall Ponderosa trees at higher elevations overlooking chestnut groves laced with clear blue mountain rivers spilling into the Mediterranean ocean. Roses grow larger than your head and the remarkable vineyards lay nestled in the valleys and along the coast at the edge of the thick Maquis brush. Ancient ruins and mountain villages occupied by families that have lived in the same stone homes and villages for generational decades do not pursue real estate as we know it. Only blood, not money, will assure your place in the village. This ancient isle that had been the object of conquest for thousands of years is where Danielle traces her family roots. Since 1489 her family has lived in the beautiful town of Bocognano in the stone home her ancestors constructed over 500 years ago. The family restaurant is charming and a focal point of the village. Danielle’s father was a World War Veteran who immigrated to NYC and appropriately named his French restaurant the Normandy. The Normandy was located across from Madison Square Garden and was renowned for it’s extensive wine list and celebrity clientele. These were the sights and sounds that were deeply imprinted upon Danielle before her father died when she was nine. Danielle moved to McCall with her family in 1978 and applied her trade as an accomplished bartender. She met her gold miner future husband for the first time while bartending at the Miners Exchange across from the Foresters Club. In 1980 Danielle succumbed to her genetic longings and opened Danielle’s Italian Restaurant located where the original Log Jam Restaurant operated downtown on the Payette Lake. An upstairs bakery bar and dining room exited out onto a deck, overlooking the Marina and Legacy Beach, was often packed by grateful locals and tourist clientele. The lower level was a pizzeria that accessed the beach. Danielle raised her four children in McCall and also has five grand children. Her dream to eventually open a restaurant that had the ambience of a Corsican café coupled with the smells and beauty of a genuine NY pizzeria have finally come to fruition. The rugged mountains of Idaho are shrouded in the same King pines and beautiful wild rivers that remind Danielle of her ancestors Island home. Home of the finest pizza in the mountains. We hope that you can feel the love for our mountain village reflected in our great food. The love for our community, the roots of our family and the pride of local craftsmen radiates all around you. The Blue Moose was originally a small home built in the 50’s for a family that moved to McCall for the logging industry. A family of Basques lived here for over 40 years. Only the floor system and foundation remain of the original homestead. The restaurant was designed and engineered by Danielle’s husband with all local tradesmen. The Moose on the roof is recycled aluminum painted to look like a bronze. Danielle sighted this moose on a flat bed trailer on the side of the road in Donnelly with a menagerie of other animal castings for sale by an old timer with Texan plates heading north from Mexico. The beautiful tile mosaics and stained glass were created from Danielle’s visions by Betsy Woods and Judy Kirkland. The incredible wood furniture was built by Steve and Jane Wurster of McCall Woodworks. The exterior and interior cedar siding that is flamed with black streaks were old growth logs that came out of Payette Lake. The black streaks were the iron spikes driven into the log pilings for docks. These old growth cedar logs had spent 30 years in the lake and were originally hauled to McCall from the coast. All of the siding and logs were milled by Will Smith owner of Tall Timbers. The building was super insulated by EnergySEAL Systems. The commercial hood for the kitchen progressively senses temperature loads and automatically balances fresh air requirements and exhaust. The advanced mechanical cooling scheme for the tremendous heating loads generated by restaurant equipment is supplemented by a fresh air intake sensor that blends the cool mountain air when the building needs cooling. The Blue Moose is an energy efficient commercial structure that seamlessly blends with the western heritage of our village.