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May 17, 2009 10:09 AM

Looking for a truly authentic Italian restaurant (Scottsdale, AZ)

I live part of the year in Italy and am looking for a truly Italian restaurant in Scottsdale. I'm hoping to find a restaurant owned and managed by a real Italian who has not americanized his cuisine. I tried Sassi and it was terrible beyond description. Gianfranco is Italian and while the food is good, he has americanized it too much. I would say the same for Alberto in Cave Creek. The closest I have found is Trattoria Veneto that thankfully has remained faithful to the real tradition of Italian cooking. Do any of you Italians living in the Scottsdale-Phoenix area have other suggestions.

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  1. Although not fancy in decor and more of a market and lunch place, although they do some dinners- Andreoli , 8880 E. Via Linda, off of 90th might be a good place to check out. You hear quite a bit of Italian spoken there.

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    1. re: markabauman

      Agreed, Andreoli might be one of your best bets. They actually have some great dinner options. The menu is limited (usually just a couple of nightly specials plus the regular/daily menu), but it's all done very well. I think the place has a bit of an identity crisis--high-end prices with low-end service and atmosphere (both pleasent but not matching the price point)--but the food is delicious and fairly authentic.

      1. re: markabauman

        Sorry for the late reply. Thanks for the suggestion. I will give Andreoli a try.

      2. Also close to Andreoli is Amarone', 91st and Via Linda. Seems all the folks there speak Italian, two wood burning ovens, one for pizza one for bread. Best italian food I have ever had.

        1. I'm not Italian, but I think I often eat as though I were. Since you added "Scottsdale-Phoenix" at the end of your inquiry, I'm going to assume you are not strictly limited to what's available within the limits of one particular suburb and are instead willing to look more broadly at the entire Phoenix Metropolitan Area. If that's the case, I would recommend you try Marcellino in North Central Phoenix.

          Marcellino Ristorante
          7114 E. Stetson Dr. 85251, Old Town Scottsdale, AZ 85251

          1. You must go to Marcellino's in Phoenix. The chef is off the boat Italian and the food is Amazing!!!

            Marcellino Ristorante
            7114 E. Stetson Dr. 85251, Old Town Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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            1. re: drewb123

              Yes, Marcellino's would be my vote too. Just a few days ago Rubee posted a thorough review of a fantastic meal there.

              1. re: MesaChow

                Great first visit! : )

                Link here:

                Marcellino Ristorante in Phoenix

              2. re: drewb123

                This was going to be my suggestion, as well. While I am not Italian, and do not spend time there, friends, who write cookbooks and dine all over that country, love and crave Chef Marcellino's cooking. We took them there, and they have thanked us ever since. Something (everything?) must be right. Now, they do close for part of the Summer to go back to Italy, hosting US food fans for part of their trip.


                1. re: drewb123

                  Thanks for your comment. I have heard from several trustworthy sources that Marcellino's is great. Regards.

                2. i just had a great meal a La Fontanella on Indian School and $0th st. after the desert botanical gardens outing and was pleasantly surprised. great people and great food.