7 Best Italian Restaurants in Scottsdale
Looking for the best Italian restaurants in Scottsdale? If you’re searching for authentic Italian cuisine — from fresh pizza and pasta to slow-roasted meats and dessert — you don’t have to travel all the way to Italy. There are several restaurants right here, in Scottsdale, Arizona, that serve up delicious Italian dishes that are sure to delight your taste buds.
Fabulous Places to Find Italian Food in Scottsdale
Whether you’re looking for a romantic sit-down restaurant for a date night or a casual deli where you can grab a sandwich or quick meal for lunch, you’ll find all that (and more) on this list of the best Italian restaurants in Scottsdale, Arizona.
1. Andreoli Italian Grocer
If you’re looking for classic Italian food in Scottsdale, look no further than Andreoli Italian Grocer. This restaurant, owned by Chef Giovanni Scorzo — a native of Calabria in northwest Italy — constantly impresses guests with homemade bread and pastries, like tiramisu, cannoli, and chocolate, as well as delicious hand-crafted sauces and sausages.
While here, try the daily specials, including pasta dishes, fresh and flavorful fish and meat, and sandwiches from the well-stocked deli counter.
2. Pasta Brioni
Located in Old Town Scottsdale, Pasta Brioni offers traditional Italian dishes in a refined dining environment, with checkered tablecloths, glass lamps, and ambient lighting. Some of the Brioni Classics include Chicken Martini, Veal Picatta, and Chicken Parmesan, but you’ll also find handmade pasta and ravioli on the menu — made fresh in-house daily!
This popular restaurant in Downtown Scottsdale also offers soups, salads, appetizers, wines by the glass, cocktails, and beer. They also have a happy hour with deals on fresh pasta and appetizers.
3. Fat Ox
Fat Ox is one of the top Italian restaurants in Scottsdale for classic Italian cuisine with a modern twist. Chef Matt Carter, who also owns other popular restaurant concepts in Old Town Scottsdale, like Zinc Bistro, The House Brasserie, and The Mission, is passionate about mixing Arizona flavors with Italian food.
One of the things that makes this restaurant one of the best Italian restaurants in Scottsdale is its rotating menu with seasonal ingredients, slow-roasted meats, wild fish and seafood, and hand-crafted pasta dishes. Fat Ox also offers a full bar with hand-pressed “oxtails” (aka cocktails) and rare wines by the glass.
4. Marcellino Ristorante
Chef Marcellino, born in the Campania region of Italy, serves some of the best Italian food in Old Town Scottsdale at his family-owned Italian restaurant. Highlights on the menu include handcrafted pasta dishes, like Gnocchi Sorrentina and Scialatiellei alle Vongole, as well as fresh meat and fish. You can also choose from daily specials at this popular restaurant.
Marcellino Ristorante also offers an impressive wine list with red, white, and sparkling wines, as well as cocktails and mocktails. The dessert menu includes handcrafted pastries, including tiramisu, panna cotta, Italian cheesecake, and imported Italian gelato. And, just like you’d find in Italy, this restaurant serves espresso and digestifs for a post-dinner indulgence.
5. Pomo Pizzeria
Pomo Pizzeria has a few locations in Greater Phoenix and one location in Scottsdale. Pomo specializes in “Pizza Napoletana,” or classic Neapolitan pizza with a chewy crust. Some favorites include the Burratella — a pizza with imported burrata, hot soppressata, and local organic honey — and the Pomo — a classic pizza with sausage, onion, red bell pepper, mushrooms, mozzarella, and sauce.
In addition to pizzas, Pomo also offers house-made pasta, including Spaghetti Carbonara, Tagliatelle Bolognese, and Lasagna Forno. Pomo also serves dessert and has a gelato counter where you can choose a scoop of gelato to enjoy at your table or on the go.
6. DeFalco’s Deli
The DelFalco family from Abruzzi, Italy, have impressed locals in Arizona with their sandwiches and imported grocery items since the 1970s. This family-owned deli specializes in hot and cold sandwiches, including a Meatball Sandwich, Chicken Pesto Sandwich, and Italian Sausage Sandwich.
However, while many people take their sandwiches to go at DelFalco’s Deli, you’ll also find plenty of people sitting on the patio to enjoy a tasty pasta dish made from scratch, like Gnocchi with Pesto or Meat Lasagna with Four Cheeses, or a fresh, made-to-order pizza or calzone. And remember to grab a fresh cannoli, tiramisu, cheesecake, or other Italian dessert for the perfect nightcap!
7. Franco’s Italian Caffe
Franco’s Italian Caffe is owned by Chef Franco Fazzuoli and Chef Steve Martin. They opened their restaurant in the Valley in 2013 after running a successful restaurant together in Greenwich Village in New York City. Franco’s offers a traditional Italian menu, with options for antipasti (appetizers), insalata (salads), pasta, secondi (main meal), and dolce (dessert).
Though Franco’s Italian Caffe is a popular spot for dining in Old Town Scottsdale, it’s important to note that this restaurant often closes for several weeks in the summer for vacation. Please check the website for hours before you make the trip.
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