Gianfranco Ristorante

Gianfranco Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gianfrancos.com/
  • Phone: 4805856969x
  • 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 4805856969x

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.
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Gianfranco Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
20 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (15)special occasion (13)romantic (12)fit for foodies (12)notable wine list (4)scenic view (2)good for groups (2)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Fantastic Meal
    Coco
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We were a party of three looking for a good steak dinner. White table clothes, wait staff work together to meet your needs, friendly, and delicious meal. I ordered a cosmopolitan and it was shaken with dry ice and poured into my glass with smoke flowing out of the glass. Our party had a Caesar salad which was delicious, French onion soup, also very tasty, crab cakes which were cooked to perfection, and last but not least, the steaks were delivered on a very, very, very hot plate sizzling. Our sides were delivered family style and the waiter served each of us a portion. Overall a great experience of good food and fantastic care to make sure your dinning experience was a good one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining in North Scottsdale
    therose
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We received a gift certificate for Gianfranco but were put off as it appeared to be "just another neighborhood Italian" restaurant. What a pleasant and delicious surprise when we had dinner there. The ambiance was very adult both in the bar and in the restaurant. Service excelled, menu was broad and interesting, and best of all the food was well presented and delicious.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Shassi
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    First class all the way. Super menu and specials. Wait staff always around and attentive. Food was oustanding. We're from Boston and to find an Italian restaurant in Scottsdale of this caliber was a huge find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Italian Restaurant in town
    ScottsdaleGuyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Fabulous food - beyond just "good" Really fabulous. Halibut was the best ever - what seems like a simple capers and lemon preparation somehow went way over the top as the best we've ever had. Traditional and elegant service. Impeccable attention from all servers. This place is a remarkable find - you either live around Pinnacle Peak or you heard about it from someone who loves it, because otherwise you wouldn't find it. It is absolutely going to be our "go-to" place for
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food excellent. Head chef was personable and engaged with customers. A definite keeper.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian in N Scottsdale
    WillymyVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Best pasta in the valley. Consistent preparation and great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ritchie and Yale
    RoYale
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 223 reviews are from the Gianfranco Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Strange Behavior By Owner
    rord
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Close by
    DennisVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Shrimp fra diavlo was delicious. Pork chop was excellent. Did not have ginger beer for a Moscow Mule. That was disapointing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    $28.50 and no salid included seems out of line. Food was ok, not spectacular.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good but...
    Jim7VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
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  • Dolce
    CiaBellaVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Excellent service and Food. I have moved here from NJ/NY and finally found a "true" Italian restaurant. Delish!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    always a good experience…very straight forward menu but everything is excellent. Professional servers/
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and service are always
    KarenVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Food and service are always terrific and am never disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food
    Dale
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The best veal I have had in years. Just a plate of thin veal and a small side of pasta
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scottsdale or Tuscany?
    MoonRiver1VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    TreyL
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All-around excellent experience
    dadwritesVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mixed review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a winner
    Perks
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Ask for James to be your waiter. Say hello to Michael in the Bar and enjoy a superb meal...overpriced that it is!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful, as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Pasta with grounded beef was very blend and taste like ground pork. The PorkChop tasted like Veal.
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  • Strip Mall Gem
    WestsiderVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gianfranco's does it again!
    Laurainaz
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Wonderful food, Wonderful Service - we had a great evening!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I have had dinner here many
    misspickyVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good night out
    Mikelef
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great food, excellent service. Only downside is that it is a very loud environment, not ideal for a quiet dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We always love coming here,
    MameVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We always love coming here, alway have a great meal. So many specials, impressive. Will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Valentine's Dinner!
    Laurainaz
    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"!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off night
    Phill
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef has a way with veal!
    ElisaV
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Enjoyable
    Mack
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We have dined here numerous times and have always enjoyed our experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    TroonguyVIP
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Delightful
    berrygal
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always, the food was fantastic
    John
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    As always, the food was fantastic but the noise level is high.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything except the wine
    outstAnding1
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't Change a Thing!
    BobsBasicsVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    As usual the food and service were exemplary. This is a don't miss dining treasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    DJN1VIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    The service from Bob and the staff was outstanding. The food and ambiance were terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.