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
15 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (10)special occasion (8)fit for foodies (8)romantic (6)notable wine list (3)good for groups (2)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • The food was excellent but
    GrandmaJo
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The food was excellent but it was Valentine's Day, very crowded, they added extra tables and we were seated by the kitchen. It made it hard to hear each other and made for a not so relaxing meal.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have celebrated the past
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We have celebrated the past 2 Valentine's Days here for dinner. The food was great, service was great as well. We were seated right by a walkway which was busy and that i did not care for. I think in the future i will request a table out of the way near a corner. We plan on returning for dinner on a non holiday to see how things are. Prices were pricy but i assume that was due to Valentine's Day pricing...supply and demand. I do believe i saw fkowers being ahnded out as people were leaving yet i was not offered one. Not sure about the criteria for this but after having spent 150.00 for dinner that would have been nice.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Have ALWAYS had amazing meals
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Have ALWAYS had amazing meals and service and highly recommend this restaraunt!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food. A little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    Very good food. A little expensive but not horribly expensive. Small dining room so it was a little noisy.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
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    Laurainaz
    Dined on 2/11/2013
    Gianfranco's quality of food and service never disappoints. It is always a wonderful place to go for a special occasion or just a couple of drinks at the bar. Definitely our favorite!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • one of the best in the Valley..Ital
    DogLuv
    Dined on 2/4/2013
    one of the best in the Valley..Italian taken to a new level
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, wine list
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    Excellent food, wine list and service! The restaurant is a bit loud which could be corrected with additional sound insulation. The fact Gianfranco mingles with the patrons adds a nice touch to the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food excellent we felt a little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    food excellent we felt a little rushed this time but still excellent...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best Italian restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    The best Italian restaurant in the valley!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Where the BEST really means IT!
    Magoo
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    North Scottsdale has plenty of large national chain steakhouses, a few very good private ones and lots of family owned Italian resturants. But, Ginafranco's Ristorante stands heads and shoulders above all the rest. I usually buy one of the "specials" and have never been disappointed. Great serving staff and bartender. It is a fun and relaxing restaurant! Always run into some other friends. Only negative is they close for a few weeks in the summer and I go nuts waiting for them to re-open.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As always the food was delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/22/2013
    As always the food was delicious and they gave us the quiet table I asked for, Susan Stern
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best restaurant in the Scottsdale
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/22/2013
    Best restaurant in the Scottsdale area! Consistent service and menu choices are amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Steady
    wineslutVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    Gianfranco never disappoints. I did notice that the appetizer portions have gotten smaller. Service was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I THOUGHT DRINKS WERE OVER
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/10/2013
    I THOUGHT DRINKS WERE OVER PRICED. $15 FOR KETTLE-ONE & $11.50 FOR JIM BEAM MANHAT IS A OVER-CHARGE. MANNY THARP
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Lively, Excellent Dinner
    BuzzVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    My wife and I greatly enjoyed an early New Year's Eve dinner. We were seated on time. We asked for a different table and were shown one without question. The wine was excellent and reasonably priced. We split a salad, a pasta, an entree and a dessert. The portions were perfect split and may have been too large otherwise. With the $80 wine the bill came to $185 before tip. The mozzarella caprese salad was wonderful! The flavor of the veal ravioli was excellent. The lamb chops were divine and the cannoli was terrific! Our waitress, Teresa, was attentive. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • of the three excellent top
    vincenz0VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    of the three excellent top level italian restaunts in troon this is number one. Service is just right, wine list is simple, uncluttered and an indication of complete quality. We will go again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No one greeted us; they were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    No one greeted us; they were out of the wine we selected; two dinner entrees they were out of; pizzas were lacking fillings - 2+" of curst, really? on an individual pizza? Unacceptable, period. No manager ever addressed our pizza concerns and we were not compensated or offered any alternatives. Very poor!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had Christmas Eve dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    We had Christmas Eve dinner at Gianfranco and it couldn't have been better - everything was outstanding, we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pasta is homemade and excellent.
    RickM
    Dined on 12/23/2012
    Pasta is homemade and excellent. Excellent service. Caprese salad was ok but not great. Great desserts.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Italian Food in Arizona!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/13/2012
    Gianfranco has been feeding me, my family and friends for the last 15 years! I am 100% Italian from the East Coast and this food is the real deal! Best Ossobuco west of the Mississippi! Great meal from start to finish. You should try the carpaccio, the pasta fagioli, any of the pasta, the fish, the meat, the chicken. If I am gushing - it is for good reason. Go for a romantic dinner, go with a group, go to watch the game at the bar. Not many places to get 5 star food in a nice bar environment! I have brought many friends here and it is now there go to Italian Restaurant as well!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Magoo's Favorite Watering Hole
    Magoo
    Dined on 12/6/2012
    It is as good as it gets! I am a regular and come here year around. Chris is the greatest server and Mike behind the bar always has my Dewars ready before I even sit down. If you like Italian food this is the place. Not only the best in Scottsdale, the best in the Valley of the Sun.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sat at a table for 2 and had
    misspickyVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    Sat at a table for 2 and had a very loud, obnoxious woman a foot away from us. She was so loud I could not hear my husband when he talked to me. Ruined the evening.
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  • We've eaten here before and
    John
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    We've eaten here before and have never been disappointed. The food is fantastic and the service is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious as Usual
    ScottsdaleVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    Delicious as usual! Our reservation was at 6:15p and by the time we left at 8:15p the restaurant was packed!!! We received our drinks , salads and meals in a timely manner, however after we ordered coffee and deserts , it took about 30 min to get those deliverd. I think they need more wait staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The food was excellent but,
    Jmr220
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    The food was excellent but, the portions seemed to have decreased since we dined there in the past.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were most pleasantly surprised
    PCSkierVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2012
    We were most pleasantly surprised with the qualityofthe food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food we had was prepared
    sparklenails
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    The food we had was prepared to perfection. A bit on the expensive side for us but that is what it cost. Excellent food excellent service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First visit, but won't be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2012
    First visit, but won't be the last. The veal piedmontese and the veal valdostana were both exceptional as was the tiramisu. The waiter was very helpful with the wine list and recommended an excellent "off the list" choice when our selection wasn't available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/7/2012
    Outstanding food and service. Attentive to your needs without hovering.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special osso bucco was great.
    stephVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    Special osso bucco was great. One person in the party had just pasta with mushrooms and felt it was grossly overpriced.....compared to other items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian food. Have
    JJ32
    Dined on 9/25/2012
    Great Italian food. Have always had wonderfully prepared meals no matter what we ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food, waiter was
    ceejayrad
    Dined on 9/12/2012
    Wonderful food, waiter was exceptional and the chef/owner made a visit to our table. Ahi appetizer was to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Never Disappoints!
    RydermomVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2012
    Gianfranco's never disappoints. The food is exceptional and always consistent. This restaurant is truly a neighborhood gem in the North Scottsdale area. The wait staff is well trained and actually know something about the food and it's preparation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic food and a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    Fantastic food and a wonderful dining experience. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place out in the "country"
    charlieVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2012
    Great place out in the "country" away from the hustle and bustle of the neighborhoods.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good Italian. Consistently
    Jetaime
    Dined on 7/7/2012
    Very good Italian. Consistently good food and service. Great place for adults, leave the little ones at home!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • food average at best, very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/16/2012
    food average at best, very old vibe- ambiance & decor felt dated; service S-L-O-W like molassses
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding!
    sparklenails
    Dined on 6/16/2012
    We ordered the specials of the evening, the fresh just flown in Branzino and the pork chop. Both our dinners were OUTSTANDING. The sauces on both were clearly trained chef quality. We also shared a house made pasta special. Atmosphere is a little old fashioned but upscale and clean. Service was efficient.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great overall gem just sort ostuffy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2012
    Great food! Seafood salad app and seafood pasta rock. Restaurant is older/stuffier- have dinner in the bar area if you go and your 50 yrs old.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food and service great. Probably
    rgha
    Dined on 5/25/2012
    Food and service great. Probably our favorite restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic