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Nov 22, 2006 02:14 AM

Italian food in Phoenix/Scottsdale

What are the Chowhounds favorites?

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  1. Two we like very much in Scottsdale are Leccabaffi (9719 N. Hayden) and Arrivederci (7101 E. Thunderbird).

    1. 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.

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      1. re: silverbear

        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.


      2. 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.

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        1. ...also highly recommended is Tesoro on Frank Lloyd Wright and Via Linda...the old owners of Molise Cucina.
          The food is wonderful....classic Italian. Still family owned and run...attention to every detail.

          Pastas and sauces are all homemade!

          1. I had my wedding night dinner at Tutti Santi 16th and Morten location, it was wonderful. They were so accomodating and the food was perfect.

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            1. re: Leanne

              Any favorite dishes at TS? Another post above spoke favorably of the ravioli. The 16th St. location is very close to my house, but I keep passing it by in favor of Marcellino. I should mix up my Italian choices a little more.

              1. re: silverbear

                We frequent the TS at Guadalupe/Dobson. I always order the Linquine alle Vongole. It's my favorite version that i've had in the Phoenix area.

                1. re: silverbear

                  Their tortellini is great with proscuitto and peas as well as the pasta with mussels. I am sorry to say that I have not tried Marcellino, I have lived in the neighborhood for 5 years now and have not made it over :-( With the pregnancy cravings for pasta it's next on my list.

                  1. re: Leanne

                    Thanks, claree, ziggylu, and Leanne, for the tips. I'll keep them in mind for whenever we do visit Tutti Santi. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.