10 Best Italian Restaurants in Scottsdale: Culinary Crowd-Pleasers

Patricia Escarcega

By , Local Expert, Scottsdale
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Scottsdale may not be the first destination that pops to mind when talking about classic Italian food, but the city boasts a nice roster of excellent Italian restaurants. For a superb fine dining experience, head to Tutti Santi Ristorante, where the wine flows freely, soft music plays in the background and the linguine with clams is always a gustatory revelation. Regional Italian cuisine can be hard to come by in the Sonoran Desert, but Veneto Trattoria offers authentic dishes from Northern Italy. If you can’t afford a trip to Venice, owners Robert and Susan Rossi (natives of Treviso), offer the next best thing with standards...  Read more »

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    Defalcos Italian Grocery

    Defalcos Italian Grocery in Scottsdale is a long-standing favorite with locals, famous for authentic...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "When you are craving authentic antipasto and imported Italian meats, Defalco is a surefire palate-pleaser."

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    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $16
    • Neighborhood: Airport - Scf

    Arrivederci is an unpretentious cafe that specializes in home-made pastas, fresh bread and irresistible sauces.

    Local Expert Tip: "Start with the Portobello Reganato con Fontina, one of the restaurant's most popular appetizers."

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    Tutti Santi Ristorante Italiano

    A comprehensive menu filled with freshly-made Italian staples makes Tutti Santi one of the city's best places for authentic Italian fare.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the linguine served with clams, mussels and calamari, a perfect taste trio."

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    Veneto Trattoria

    Veneto Trattoria specializes in authentic Northern Italian fare. Light, healthy fare offers a welcome break from cream-heavy pasta dishes.

    Local Expert Tip: "For an even healthier meal, ask your server about whole wheat pasta substitutions."

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    Taggia's well-conceived menu of fresh Mediterranean cuisine and stylish dining room makes for a lively and memorable dining experience.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try one of the authentic Italian desserts, such as the Zabaglione, a delightfully frothy custard with fresh mixed berries."

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    Marcellino Ristorante

    Hand-made pastas, reduction sauces and desserts make Marcellino one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in downtown Scottsdale.

    Local Expert Tip: "Enjoy the splendid tiramisu for dessert, made in the kitchen and featuring drenched espresso and layered with creamy marscarpone and dusted with unsweetened cocoa."

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    NoRTH Italia is a charming, modern cafe that specializes in fresh, inventive Italian dishes. Great wine and dessert list, too.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the bolognaise pasta and the roasted artichoke."

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    Pane e Vino

    Pan e Vino in north Scottsdale offers an unpretentious take on classic gourmet Italian food. Don't miss the excellent dessert menu.

    Local Expert Tip: "Tucked away in a nondescript strip mall, this quiet and elegant restaurant is perfect for date night."

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    Ristorante Giuseppe

    Ristorante Giuseppe is an old-school Italian Restaurant with a friendly, neighborhood vibe. Perfect if...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Please note: this is a cash only establishment."

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    Pasta Brioni

    Pasta Brioni is a casual Scottsdale neighborhood eatery specializing in all your favorite classic pasta dishes. Great happy hour specials, too.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't have time for a full meal? Stop in next door at the new deli, Brioni to Go. "



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