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Dec 30, 2010 12:36 PM

Best Italian in 30 min vicinity of Tempe

For dinner tomorrow night, new years eve, looking for the best Italian meal me and wife can have without getting suckered into some prix fixe ripoff. Thanks all-

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    They have authentic Italian food located in Scottsdale 90th St Exit off Hwy 101. Call 480-614-1980. This is not a fancy place, just great food.

    Another place is Ristorante Giuseppe 13610 N Scottsdale Rd
    Scottsdale, AZ 85254
    Arrive early if you want to be seated quickly. Cash only. Read the reviews on the web. They do not have a website. A BYOB place that serves outstanding Italian food in a relaxed setting. This is a restaurant that you would find in Italy. Friendly atmosphere without being upscale.
    (480) 991-4792

    If you are looking for upscale Italian go to Sassi. Our family ate at Sassi on Mother's Day and the food is outstanding. It is a bit of a drive from Tempe, but worth it. A beautiful setting in North Scottsdale.
    I would suggest making reservations on

    For more suggestions go to

    Andreoli Italian Grocer
    8880 E Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

    10455 E Pinnacle Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

    Ristorante Giuseppe
    13610 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

    1. Kick it old school at Avanti on thomas. We had NYE dinner there a couple of years ago and it was great. Dancing and everything. 80's art deco decor included at no extra cost. food is still excellent though!

      2728 East Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016

      1. I'd proceed with caution regarding Andreoli. The food is indeed good, but in my experience the service has ranged from passable to indifferent. Besides, it's an order-at-the-counter place, and that may not be what you're looking for on NYE.

        The other suggestions above make sense, although I think it might be a stretch to get to Sassi in 30 minutes.

        I'd add a few others:

        La Fontanella -- near 40th St. & Indian School on the east side of Phoenix

        Aiello's -- near Central & Camelback. Bonus points for being a short walk from light rail -- something that might be particularly valuable on NYE

        My absolute favorite Italian restaurant in the Phoenix Metro Area, however, is Marcellino, which I am still trying to forgive for moving from my neighborhood in Phoenix over to Old Town Scottsdale. That works in your favor, though, because the new Southbridge location is well within 30 minutes of Tempe. Marcellino is not cheap by any means, but I think the food is well worth the money, and the restaurant is *not* offering a prix fixe menu on NYE.

        10455 E Pinnacle Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

        7114 E Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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        1. re: exit2lef

          Thanks all for the helpful suggestions, we'll look through these and see what we can get together. Happy New Year to all-

        2. I love Marcellino as well, even though it is pricey. They were fully booked for NYE last time I checked. They use OpenTable if you are interested.

          7114 E Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251