Italian food in Phoenix/Scottsdale
What are the Chowhounds favorites?
Two we like very much in Scottsdale are Leccabaffi (9719 N. Hayden) and Arrivederci (7101 E. Thunderbird).
I'm fond of Marcellino Ristorante at 12th and Northern in North Central Phoenix. It's probably my favorite upscale Italian.
At a more moderate price point in a more casual atmosphere, Cafe Boa in Tempe can be fun.
I've also had good lunches (but never tried dinner) at Venice Ristorante at 48th St. and Elliott in Ahwatukee.
I add a strong second to Marcellino Ristorante. Every meal has been excellent and the service 100%. Their wine list is small, but the wines are all well-suited for the fare.
We are invited to too many other Valley Italian restaurants, and I always wonder why we are not dining at Marcellino's. If I have any say in the choice - that is where we'll end up.
I agree with the above posts, but have recently found another good one. Tutti Santi @ 64th St. and Greenway next to Fry's Supermarket. Their homemade ravioli is sheer heaven and the ambience is realy cozy. Price range is considerably less than Leccabaffi and more than Arriverderci.