Amaro Pizzeria & Vino Lounge
Amaro Pizzeria & Vino Lounge

Amaro Pizzeria & Vino Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.amaroaz.com/
  • Phone: 4805021920x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday 12pm - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Jon Spahr
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dynamite
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Amaro Pizzeria & Vino Lounge
Discover Amaro! Be prepared to enjoy what may very well be described as "sensory-overload" as you experience a variety of alternatives for your dining, noshing and imbibing pleasure. Starting with aromas from our wood-fired oven baking our homemade bread and gourmet pizzas to the display behind the Charcuterie and Mozzarella Bar offering the finest in fresh, cured meats and cheeses as well as fresh salads and desserts prepared to order. Join us in our upscale, spacious dining room or enjoy a glass of wine in our comfortable and enticing lounge. Furnished with over-stuffed couches and providing clear unobstructed views of three large HD TV's. The Vino Lounge is the perfect environment for comfort, conversation and consumption of fine wine, spirits and congenial ambience.

We look forward to introducing you to our upscale elegance where we welcome everyone from casual to formal. Our staff is committed to pleasing your palate and making each visit memorable!

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Amaro Pizzeria & Vino Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
3 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
kid-friendly (1)good for groups (1)romantic (1)special occasion (1)vibrant bar scene (1)notable wine list (1)neighborhood gem (1)Show More
  • Great food
    MssybrittyVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The pizza and salad was great! The staff was friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3
    • Food3
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 69 reviews are from the Amaro Pizzeria & Vino Lounge reviews archive.
  • comfort food plus
    daveVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    had an early dinner here, with a traditional menu mixed with neat choices, and enjoyed the experience. kind of a strip-mall-location, but wait staff did a great job, and the food and drinks were top notch.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    amazing
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Been here several times, and I am never disappointed. There were 3 of us and we ordered the 3 specials for the evening and shared. All of the dishes were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice surprise
    capri
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    We had eaten at this restaurant once before and did not like it.It has been under new ownership for a while and decided to give it another try. All the waitstaff that we came in contact with very friendly . The food was delicious.My husband had the steak and said it was very tender and loved the vegetables that were served with it.I had Sea Bass that also was delicious. So happy that the new owners are turning this around.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • review
    Judy
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The food was exceptional and our waiter was excellent. This is our 4th or 5th time here and we will return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • valentine dinner
    bw0001
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went for Valentines dinner we had a reservation for 7:30 and arrived right on time And we were seated right away. Thats wherr the good service ended. We were taken to a small bar table and whem i complained We were told we would have to wait until 10:00 pm for a normal sized table. We made due with the table even when our plates were over lapping and pushing tthe cheesecakehe others down if i used a knife to cut something. The music was to loud to hear each other and when we asked for coffee to go with the cheesecake it never arrived. I would not take a date to this place. Lastly, the food was just ok.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Frequent Traveler
    Ernie
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Food and service were both outstanding. Maurizio's service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pizza Crust, but Too Noisy!
    JohnnyGastronomiqueVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    My second visit. Pizza was excellent, with a light, crispy crust. The other food was quite average. However, with all the hard wall and ceiling surfaces, the noise was deafening. There was live music in the bar, so the diners had to speak loudly at each other to be heard. The result was unpleasant. Even had trouble conversing with our server. I would come back for the pizza, but only during off hours, when it's quieter.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    We were staying at the Boulders and looking for a place for a nice dinner. Found this on open table and the reviews looked great. Don't be fooled by "Pizzeria" in the restaurant name. It was so much more. We had the meatballs as an appetizer - they melted in your mouth and had such a delicious flavor. We then had the veal piccata and cedar plank pork chop. Again delicious. Wish we lived closer so we could return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed
    Wayzata1VIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    The reviews we read for Amaro lead us to this restaurant. Our wait person was very poor. We had to ask for a wine menu at a "wine bar", it took forever to get bread (which was the equivalent to something from the grocery store), and she seemed to not know what she was doing. My husband's veal piccata was good while my chicken parm was probably the worst I have had. It is 2 HUGE pieces of chicken with marinara that has no flavor, neither does the chicken. The pasta was so overcooked that it was mushy. We heard another guest send their food back because it was cold.We were not offered coffee or a dessert menu. A person (manager?) stopped by our table to ask how our dinner was, when I replied "not so good", she responded with an "oh" and left.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant!
    HungryOneVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    I found this restaurant on Open Table and decided to give it a try. Delicious food and dessert - will definitely be back - good service as well and reasonably priced.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    CarefreeSandra
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    First dinner I've had here under the new owners and it was as good as I remember. My friend and I split the kale house salad which was awesome and I had the pork chop and loved it. She had the shrimp scampi and loved it as well. Dan Emrey was playing who I love and we had a nice time. Thanks
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    It is so nice to have a restaurant of this caliber in the Northeast Valley. Food is delicious. Happy hour specials are excellent. People are friendly, and love the wine list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you for your comments
    slowVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Thank you to the Open Table members who rated this restaurant. I'm from Texas and was looking for something near the MIM before a concert. Your reviews sent me to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service, food, ambiance, live music
    khazVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    The service was excellent. Had the freshly-made pasta with clams in white wine sauce - excellent! Sea bass was also excellent as was the bread. Good wine list. Happy to discover they have live music! Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will return (and bring
    Evelyn
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    We will return (and bring our family) Good experience
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amrao
    Creeker
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    The food is delicious and different. It has all the Italian favorites but with a twist. The Kantuk salad is a Cobb, prepared table side with totally unexpected ingredients and is delicious. The bruschetta are crispy garlicky wedges topped with ripe, sweet tomato chunks. We took friends to celebrate our 44 anniversary and the staff could not have been more accommodating. They prepared our favorite drink to our specifications and as well as adding to their delicious vanilla gelato the items we asked for. A gem of a restaurant. It is not a chain so there are no copies!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was excellent. Food
    Dennis
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Service was excellent. Food was good. people working there were very nice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have dined here before and
    luv2dine
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    I have dined here before and really enjoyed the great food. The noise level from the performer was too loud. A manager had asked us about the noise level and we stated it was too loud. It was quieter for maybe 2 songs and then super loud again, almost like she was shouting into the mic. It is supposed to be background music not where we were all shouting to hear one another. Very warm in the restaurant to the point of sweating. It looks like they have changed owners since didn't see the previous ones there. Not sure if I would go back again until they got the kinks out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    Sean
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    We came and ate here last saturday and the food and service was great! We were also surprised when the live music started and she was great! Overall it was a great experience and we will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good local resto
    NevilleNosherVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    We wanted to like Amaro because it is less than 15 min from our home. The friendly server attended to all of our needs quite efficiently and our meal was very good. We started with the fried calamari and spinach salad which the server recommended sharing (it was quite generous) although the squid was a little crisper than i like. We both had the halibut with a white bean and tomato succotash, which was excellent. The fish was fresh and perfectly cooked and the beans were a tasty and unusual accompaniment. I should also mention that the bread was fresh and crusty and it was served with some nice olive oil. The value was good and we would not hesitate to return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food but high prices....
    AAinAZ
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    Food was excellent but a bit pricey. With Barro's and Rosati's Pizza in the same area, it is tough for a pizza restaurant to make it. We went Sunday evening and there was no live music as our waiter (Drew) thought there would be. The Mexican place next store seemed to be the place to be and was very busy. With the prices on the high side, it would seem difficult for Amaro's to make it in this area with two low end pizza places a stones throw away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice surprise in the neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    We enjoyed a nice family meal. Food was tasty. Generous portion size (especially for the desserts.) Our server was engaging and helpful. Fun night for all. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Especially great pizza and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    Especially great pizza and seafood! Meatballs are also outstanding but my absolute favorite menu item is the Kantak Chop salad. Amaro's is great for any occasion from a romantic dinner for two to a family-style dinner with kids in tow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very disappointed. We used
    LovestoeatVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    very disappointed. We used to come here but It's been a while since we have been back and now there most likely wont be a next time.i could tell that everyone was a little shocked at the menu. Pretty limited but VERY Expensive.we ordered calamari. We got cardboard texture drowning in a garlic butter sauce- sent it back. My kids pizza came out and the crust was burned. My father orderd a bowl of minestrone soup. It looked like a 4oz serving in a 24 oz bowl. We joked that it was someone's leftovers from the next table. Oh wait- there was no one else there. My mother ordered the rigatoni bolognese- no flavor.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The pizza was excellent; the
    DrHankVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    The pizza was excellent; the thin crust cooked in wood-fired ovens produced a perfect consistency and a delightful flavor. The pasta dish we ordered (gnocchi) was fine, but nothing great. So we recommend going for the pizza and the wine.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was excellent. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    The food was excellent. The pizzas are nice portions and quite tasty. The tagliatelle was hearty and the pasta was homemade. The waiter was really nice and enthusiastic. We had never eaten there before, so I'm not sure if it's always this busy. We had to wait 15 minutes for our 7:30 reservation and then were seated next to a large group of pre-prom? Teenage girls. Not the best. But the live music coming from the bar was great! We would try it again when in town as the food we delicious.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not just a pizza joint. Great
    DoniamhVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Not just a pizza joint. Great ambiance, excellent, fresh food and the evening I was there good music - loud, but good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The drive was worth it.Individual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/28/2013
    The drive was worth it.Individual portions not over done, great job!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our party of 6 each enjoyed
    Jule1957VIP
    Dined on 2/24/2013
    Our party of 6 each enjoyed our dinner. Everything came out hot. Portions were more than adequate. Will definitely come back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome food! Not what you
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Awesome food! Not what you would think when you pull up to the place (in a strip mall). Very cool place, and even kid-friendly for a late night meal.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT Spot for business dinner
    Husker69VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2013
    This was a wonderful choice for our group we had a wonderful dinner and the service was excellent. It was so good in fact we went back a couple of days later on our own. Wonderful, wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So good we came back
    Husker69VIP
    Dined on 2/19/2013
    Wonderful find in Northern Scottsdale...LOVE it will definitely be back when we are back in PHX.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • After three nights in Phoenix/Scott
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    After three nights in Phoenix/Scottsdale and going out to eat at " chain type " restaurants that were loud and noisy, we found Amaro and nice alternative. Great food, wonderful and friendly service, and a place where we could actually carry on a conversation at the table.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasantly Surprised!
    amazing
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    I had a GREAT time here. It is an elegant/contemporary setting, nice but not stuffy. It is dressed down fine dining. The food was fantastic. Our server, Jamie, was amazing. I have already told people to go here. I will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love this place..... Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We love this place..... Service is wonderful, food is delicious and priced fairly. Live music is a plus...... Owner is really nice!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was great, but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The food was great, but the service needs improvement. We were treated as an afterthought by our waiter. They ran out of bread for dinner on Valentines Day! The manager was very matter-of-fact about it and completely non-apologetic. In all honesty, it may just been a bad day for them, but it would have been better if the manager would have at least acted like he cared.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very understaffed for Valentines
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Very understaffed for Valentines Day. Ran out of special early, services was poor. Staff was in blue jeans and un tucked, random shirts. More like a bar than a restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Valentines day not the night to go there. Understaffed and not enuf serving dishes. Jamie kept telling us us food was coming but he lied. It took 1 1/2 hrs to receive our food. Wrong wine glasses. Not enuf help for the evening
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great and varied Italian menu
    sherrill53
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    Great and varied Italian menu - gnocchi to die for! Excellent waitress who was very knowledgeable and attentive. A tad bit on the noisy side with the live band in the bar but we were still able to carry on an intimate conversation. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate