Eating Italian in the Desert: Best Scottsdale Italian Restaurants

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. 



Charming red-and-white checked tablecloths, glass lamps, and inexplicably hunky waiters - welcome to Pasta Brioni. Traditional Italian dishes populate the menu. While there the menu certainly doesn't reinvent the wheel, what's delivered is solid...  Read More



Family owned and operated since 1989, Ristorante Giuseppe is a favorite with locals in the know. Don't let the cash-only policy keep you from sampling the extensive menu of classic Italian dishes. Whether you're in the mood for spaghetti and...  Read More



This North Scottsdale favorite, which translates to "bread and wine" in English, is a cozy gem dishing out straightforward Italian classics. Elegant and sophisticated, the food lives up to the ambiance with fresh ingredients and expert...  Read More



Hand-crafted Italian cuisine is the star of the show at Marcellino's Ristorante in Scottsdale, where Chef Marcellino creates classic Italian dishes with a fresh and modern twist. Some of the stand-outs on the hand-crafted pasta menu include the...  Read More



Veneto Trattoria is modeled after the traditional trattorias of Northern Italy. The menu features fresh dishes prepared with the best ingredients. The healthy, satisfying flavors used at Veneto Trattoria are lightly prepared for a satisfying...  Read More

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A nondescript location belies the delicious Italian cuisine served inside this popular restaurant. Locals flock to Arrivederci for tender pastas and succulent meat and seafood dishes. Your meal will begin on a very high note, with fresh-baked...  Read More



EVO is a vintage-inspired Italian restaurant and bar committed to delivering timeless Italian cuisine and high quality drinks in a sleek, inviting setting. On the food side of the menu, EVO dishes out fresh appetizers and small plates, delicious...  Read More



If you're looking for an original, family-owned Italian deli, Defalco's Italian Grocery is the real thing. This local treasure is located just south of downtown Scottsdale, on the border between Tempe and Scottsdale. The menu features...  Read More



Native Florentine and longtime Valley restaurateur Franco Fazzuoli brings fresh, upscale Italian flavors to Scottsdale at Franco's Italian Caffe. The restaurant, located in downtown Scottsdale, offers Florentine Italian dishes like Filet Mignon...  Read More



Owner and chef Giovanni Scorzo, a native of Calabria in northwest Italy, delivers delicious pasta and other staples at this charming Italian grocery and cafe in Scottsdale. Scorzo makes all his own breads and pastries, including the house...  Read More


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