10 Best Italian Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

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Katie Johnson
The Linguine Con Vongole at Tutti Santi by Nina comes with your choice of white or red tomato sauce.
When catering to the taste buds of the masses no genre of food is a bigger culinary crowd-pleaser than Italian -- thinly pounded meats, hand-rolled pasta, rich and zesty sauces paired with red and white Tuscan wines, and oh, did we mention all the cheese?

Sorry, Phoenix, better check your no-carb New Year's resolutions at the door, because we're about to dish on the 10 best Italian restaurants in the Valley.

See also: 10 Best Pork Belly Dishes in Metro Phoenix

Tutti Santi by Nina

Nina Vincent has a way with food. So much so that the Italian specialty chef has managed to open four Valley locations in her 20-plus years in Phoenix. As Tutti Santi's Scottsdale/Kierland location is a lesser-known destination with lots of regulars, guests can be sure to spot some familiar faces as well as some very familiar dishes running in and out of the kitchen. Some favorites include the linguine con vongole, the pollo Parmigiana, and melt-worthy ravioli alla Nina.

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Katie Johnson
The pappardelle pasta dish at Trattoria Bianco features grass-fed beef Bolognese and Parmigiano reggiano.
Trattoria Bianco

An Italian restaurant list without Bianco? Please. Though many great ideas have come out of Chris Bianco's head and kitchen, our favorite by far has been his opening more Phoenix locations -- well, okay, that and the bread. No longer in fear of a long wait, Bianco's Trattoria at Town and Country has become as much a hotspot for lunch as it has for dinner, thanks to simple, quality dishes like the rustichella spaghetti and the pappardelle Bolognese made hearty with grass-fed beef and Parmigiano reggiano.

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Katie Johnson
Tomaso's Vongole Linguine and Slow Roasted Tomato features prawns and clams in white wine sauce.
Tomaso's

Tomaso Maggiore has established his ranking in the Valley's restaurant hierarchy thanks to more than 35 years in business and, more important, some pretty amazing gourmet Italian fare. At Tomaso's, indulgence is key, with a multi-course meal of antipasti, primi piatti, secondi piatti, cortorni, insalata, fruita, and dolci served in conjunction on a monthly or seasonal basis. That's not to say that patrons will be left wanting on any given night at this Phoenix restaurant. Some safe but satisfying bets are the Vongole Linguine & Slow Roasted Tomato, Pollo alla Milanese, and Bolognese Ravioli.

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Katie Johnson
The spaghetti and meatballs at Avanti is classic within a classic.
Avanti Restaurant of Distinction

If you're looking for old-school Italian -- okay, make that 1980s Italian -- Avanti is a culinary blast from the past. The restaurant, with its black-and-white color scheme, features neon lights, a live piano bar, and enough celebrity photos on the wall to attest to its heyday. But appearances can be deceiving, and though the décor may be outdated, the flavors in the restaurant's long-enjoyed dishes are not. Avanti keeps it on the traditional American-Italian side with staples like spaghetti and meatballs, fettuccine alfredo, chicken parm, and meat or veggie lasagne.


Location Info

Tutti Santi by Nina

6339 E. Greenway Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Trattoria Bianco

4743 N. 20th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Avanti Restaurant of Distinction

2728 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Andreoli Italian Grocer

8880 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Crudo

3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Franco's Italian Cafe

4327 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Cuttlefish

8777 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Defalco's Italian Deli and Grocery

2334 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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24 comments
aka1939
aka1939

That's a shame...Harley's Italian Bistro is hands down the best.  Ever since the new ownership a few years back, this restaurant has really stepped up their game!  

bob0815
bob0815

so, Alison, are you related to the lovely owner of Sassi...?

bob0815
bob0815

So Alison, are you related to the owner of SASSI...?

bripad24
bripad24

No Marcellino? I guess they didn't help pay Katie and the News times for ad space or the making of this article :) On a serious note you cannot not have them on this list.

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

Has nobody at NT ever eaten at La Fontanella? That's pretty darn good.

Mars Trimboli
Mars Trimboli

I'd add Vincitorio's for it's authentic, reasonably priced, food (yummy) and atmosphere. Even have an accordion player on the weekends.

rickaz59
rickaz59

As we all know, Maricopa County residents west of the 51 don't eat Italian food.

azother1
azother1

Any list that didn't include Defalco's and Guiseppe's on 28th would have been thrown out as irrelevant.


Also, I guess your website is broken.  I got all 10 entries on one page.

azother1
azother1

Thank god, you fixed it.  2 extra clicks to see the whole list...

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