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.
EVO, a chic Old Town destination for high quality Italian fare, offers a menu replete with handmade pasta, specialty pizza and an impressive menu of antipasti.
Regional Italian cuisine can be hard to come by in the Sonoran Desert, but Veneto Trattoria offers 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 such as baccala (salt cod) with polenta, fegato (liver and onions), and fettucine with braised duck ragu.
In the mood for Neapolitan pizza? Pomo Pizzeria uses traditional slow levitation methods to create wonderful pizzas.
Miss your old Italian grocer's back east? Defalco's Italian Grocery in Scottsdale fills the void quite nicely, delivering the best in imported Italian cheeses, meats and spices and dishing out hearty portions of traditional pasta dishes.
Be sure to plan a stop at Andreoli Italian Grocer's, where you'll find homemade staples like antipasti, fresh pasta, sausage, gorgeous calamari, and all manner of homemade breads and desserts. Not to be missed.
Check out the rest of the list for more neighborhood recommendations.