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Gianfranco Ristorante

Gianfranco Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gianfrancos.com/
  • Phone: (480) 585-6969
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday thru Sunday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Gianfranco Motti
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact Karen for further details.
  • Private Party Contact: Karen Van Moerkerken (480) 585-6969

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N Alma School Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Gianfranco Ristorante
Unpretentious, intimate, and welcoming, Gianfranco's sits unassumingly among The Shops at Crescent Moon, an eclectic collection of stores and restaurants tucked away at the westerly foot of Pinnacle Peak. Don't expect a glitzy exterior; the restaurant is housed in a modest stone-front building. The restaurant's ambiance comes together to create a mellow friendly ambiance, a home away from home feeling.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Food excellent. Head chef was personable and engaged with customers. A definite keeper."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Best pasta in the valley. Consistent preparation and great service"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I made this reservation for my brother who was visiting from the East Coast and my husband. This was my brother's first time at Gianfranco and he just loved the entire meal from start to finish. As always, my husband enjoyed his meal as well."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Last evening we went to Gianfranco for our 2nd time. The 1st was an excellent experience form every perspective. Last night we invited a couple whom also dines out an ave. of 4 nights per week in the Scottsdale area. We met there early with the intent of doing happy hr. then having a full menu dinner. We were seated at a table in the bar and proceeded to order food and and upgraded wine. The owner then came into the bar and began partying with others drinking at the bar, which seemed like a good thing. However, as we were quietly visiting He singled us out from across the bar and referred to us loudly as "happy hr. moochers". This happened a 2nd time -even louder as we were eating our full menu meals. Our bill was $300 with tip. Is he crazy"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We have been here many times. It is always excellent food and service. We have and will recommend to others. It is also easy using Open Table to get a reservation."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Shrimp fra diavlo was delicious. Pork chop was excellent. Did not have ginger beer for a Moscow Mule. That was disapointing"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "$28.50 and no salid included seems out of line. Food was ok, not spectacular."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Service was excellent. Waiter was great. Other wait staff kept trying to clear the table when we weren't ready - don't know if they were trying to turn the table or what - but after the 3rd time, I said I'll call you to the table when we're finished. Price point was off for the apps. - way too high. Other price points were ok. I'd recommend the happy hour. Price point was off on basic martinis - $15 - although they certainly did come to the table quickly. I guess at $15 a pop why wouldn't they come to the table quickly!! Food was good to v. good. So, I'd give it a try - decide for yourself. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Excellent service and Food. I have moved here from NJ/NY and finally found a "true" Italian restaurant. Delish!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "always a good experience…very straight forward menu but everything is excellent. Professional servers/"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Food and service are always terrific and am never disappointed!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The best veal I have had in years. Just a plate of thin veal and a small side of pasta"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Such authentic northern Italian food - the owner/chef made his presence known that evening, visiting many tables (although not ours). I knew it would be wonderful when I heard he used to run Un Bacio (sadly, now closed).A bit pricey but worth every penny. Also, located out of the way in Troon which was a trek for us but definitely glad we made the ride. Absolutely fantastic!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We have been to Gianfranco's before but we brought some friends who just moved to Troon North from WA. The food was amazing and the service was great. They really enjoyed it. We also brought our five year old son. We went on a Sunday night, early so we didn't bother couples trying to enjoy a date night without kids. We can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We made a reservation, arrived early, got seated anyway and had a great meal. Our waiter was very attentive and knew the menu. The food was excellent and the dinner ended up being less than i anticipated--and i am pretty good at calculating the charges midstream. It's tough to write a detailed description when everything works well, but there you go. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was our first time. We went with two other couples. The appetizers were fantastic. My wife and I had pasta dishes with Bolognese sauce. The other couple had various veal dishes and the Branzino. The pasta dishes were sub par. The pasta seized up into a clump and the bolognese was dry. Everyone enjoyed the veal dishes and the Branzino. Great wine selection. Beautiful place."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Ask for James to be your waiter. Say hello to Michael in the Bar and enjoy a superb meal...overpriced that it is!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Celebrating my 'significant' birthday with my husband at Gianfranco was as elegant as anticipated. Dining there is always consistently superb, from the hostess to the wait-staff to every course. (And the flourless chocolate birthday cake slice was the grande finale!) I couldn't have asked for a more memorable birthday dinner."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Pasta with grounded beef was very blend and taste like ground pork. The PorkChop tasted like Veal."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Gianfranco is tucked in a strip mall on Jomax Road in far North Scottsdale, but it's absolutely worth the hunt. My captese salad and veal piccata were outstanding."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Wonderful food, Wonderful Service - we had a great evening!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I have had dinner here many times, however, it seems like they have raised their prices for entrees quite a bit. I think that $28 for pasta is a bit much, even if the food and service is really good."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Great food, excellent service. Only downside is that it is a very loud environment, not ideal for a quiet dinner."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We always love coming here, alway have a great meal. So many specials, impressive. Will return."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Had our Valentines dare here & it did not disappoint! The service was exceptional , attentive & engaging. Food was amazing, must try the centre cut pork chop!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We enjoyed a wonderful dinner for Valentine's Day. We frequent this restaurant often and are NEVER disappointed. The food and service is impecable. I think it's become "our tradition"!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant many times before, but this was the first time the service was this poor. We had a table of 8 people and the food order took a long time to come. That wasn't the biggest problem however. When they did begin serving our food. Some guests received their meals much later than others. Those of us who received our food began to eat because our food would get cold. We actually finished our meals before the last person was served his dinner."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Bob, our wonderful waiter, made dining a pleasure, as always. Franco's food is the best. We love dining here, on special occasions or any occasion at all."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Every time I go - I get the veal and it's always delicious! The bone in pork chop is a man pleaser to be sure. Staff is always friendly without being too intrusive. They also have a great happy hour!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We have dined here numerous times and have always enjoyed our experience."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "There are a bunch of great restaurants in Scottsdale but Gianfranco is not one of them. Lots of older people in the crowd. Maybe when you lose your taste buds, this place works. We live close and dine out a lot. This meal was the worst value and poorest quality we have experienced in all of Scottsdale."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Gianfranco's is always a delight to the taste buds and a wonderfully cozy, yet refined dining atmosphere. The wines are fabulous and the staff is always "there when you want them, not when you don't." Their specials are always worth a listen, as they never fail to satisfy the palatte."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "As always, the food was fantastic but the noise level is high."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Four of us went to dinner for the first time at this lovely Italian restaurant, and honestly food was incredible. One of our group said it was one of the best Osso Bucco's he's ever had, and the rest of us felt similarly. The only downside to the evening was the wine list, which forces you to spend more than you want to if you want to enjoy the wine. We would have liked good choices in the $40-$60 range, but the best we could do was to spend $85/bottle to get a decent red."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "As usual the food and service were exemplary. This is a don't miss dining treasure."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The service from Bob and the staff was outstanding. The food and ambiance were terrific."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Gianfrancos is consistently outstanding in all areas, the food is excellent the service superb and the ambiance intimate"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "This North Scottsdale restaurant never fails to please. It rivals very good Northern Italian restaurants anywhere. The pasta is fresh and vibrant with a terrific variety of preparations. Veal is done in the classic style, tender and with flavorful sauces. Desserts, if you have room, are superb (terramisu and Cree brûlée are two standouts). Hard to think that anyone would leave disappointed."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "A review on yelp said the wine was ridiculously over priced. As an expert on wine ( I have a 3000 bottle cellar) I can say that the wine list is one of the most fairly priced list in the area. The price appears to be less than 2X wholesale which is very fair. A chateau Serene Evenstad Pinot was $110 (same bottle at Talavera was $150 )."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "From the delicious bread to the wonderful desert this is one of the nicest dining spots in Scottsdale."
    Dined on 12/31/2013