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Large Family Dinner (12) wanting Italian in North Phoenix...

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It's for a patriarch's birthday. There will be 12 people with 4 kids ranging from 6 - 18 (which really shouldn't limit much). We're looking for Italian and a nice atmosphere. We're staying at the Marriott Canyon Villas in North Phoenix, but that shouldn't be too much of a limiting factor on the feedback. While not over-the-top, we're not too concerned by price.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. I'm always a big fan of Tutti Santi's and I know they have a location at 64th and Greenway although I have never been to that particular location. Their ravioli is for some reason amazing (and I didn't think there was every anything that exciting about ravioli). It is slightly high end Italian with pastas and entrees in the 16-25 range. Nothing super adventurous on the menu just very solid, high quality Italian food.

    The gnocchi there is also one of my favorites - if you get an entree they will let you substitute gnocchi instead of the predetermined pasta side too, which makes me happy (I hate when restaurants don't allow for substitutions!).

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    Tutti Santi By Nina
    6339 E. Greenway, Suite 108, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

    1. In the sister property of the Marriott Canyon Villas, the Desert Ridge Marriott, there is an Italian restaurant--Ristorante Tuscany. My husband and I ate there once while staying at the resort, it seems like it would fulfill your requirements. Also, a few miles southeast of you is Maggiano's, a pretty decent Italian chain. The food is good and they are adept at handling large parties.

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      Maggiano's Little Italy
      16405 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

      Ristorante Tuscany @ JW Marriott Desert Ridge
      5350 East Marriott Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85054

      1. Bonus points for knowing that your hotel is within Phoenix city limits.

        See this thread for some discussion of Amaro, a new restaurant in far north Phoenix with a Cave Creek mailing address. It's about five miles above the Desert Ridge area where your hotel is located. I've not been there, but it's getting good reviews from people whose opinions I trust:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/753154

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        1. re: exit2lef

          Sorry about the sloppy geolocating. After peeking at a real map, I see that Amaro is indeed 3 or 4 miles outside of Cave Creek. That part of Phoenix shares a ZIP Code (85331) that once included primarily residents of Cave Creek, and so appears to have, by default, been linked to Cave Creek in online mapping databases.

          I ran into a similar issue when I lived in 94608--in many instances the ZIP Code is associated, by default, with Emeryville (and its Post Office), but it also includes a large vaguely cup handle-shaped portion of northwest Oakland where I lived.

          1. re: hohokam

            Not your fault at all. I think many zip codes in the northeast part of the metro area were assigned before the territory was annexed by any city, so the USPS just assigned the addresses to the nearest post office irrespective of future municipal boundaries.

          2. re: exit2lef

            (Just adding place map links for Amaro Pizzeria and the OP's hotel for travel distances:)

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            Amaro Pizzeria & Vino Lounge
            28234 N Tatum Blvd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331

            Marriott Canyon Villas
            5220 E Marriott Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85054