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Best Contemporary Italian Restaurants in Central Phoenix


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A photo of Luna by Giada - Caesars Republic Scottsdale restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Central Scottsdale
Booked 38 times today
Celebrated chef, author, philanthropist and television personality Giada De Laurentiis's brand new concept, Luna by Giada, is located on the first floor of the Caesars Republic Scottsdale. The signature restaurant is a sophisticated, high-energy environment that caters to both locals and hotel guests alike. Luna’s menu embraces Chef De Laurentiis’ Roman heritage, mirroring her passion for Italian cooking with vibrant, California influences and a world-class guest experience.
A photo of North Italia – Arcadia restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Central Phoenix
Booked 33 times today
North Italia – Arcadia has distinguished itself as a noteworthy restaurant for its authentic Italian cuisine. The variety of offerings on the menu, ranging from exquisite pizzas such as the "Prosciutto" and "Spicy Meatball" to an array of red wines such as "Super Tuscan, Ornellaia 'Le Volte', Tuscany" ensures a versatile and indulgent gastronomic experience. Patrons are particularly complimentary about the Italian meatballs and bruschetta appetizers. They also highlight the excellence of the spaghetti, rigatoni, eggplant parmesan, and applaud the unique Italian donuts in lemon curd. A recurring theme in the reviews is the ambience and the attentive service, as well as the high quality of food, making North Italia a recommended destination for good Italian food.
A photo of Nook Kitchen - Phoenix restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Central Phoenix
Booked 4 times today
Nook Kitchen in Phoenix is a gem highly regarded for its exemplary Contemporary American cuisine. Visitors consistently praise the restaurant for its fantastic food, exceptional service, and inviting atmosphere. Endorsed for being comfortable, trendy, and lively, it offers excellent vegetarian options, homemade pasta, and gourmet pizzas that leave guests craving for more. Beyond just fantastic meals, Nook Kitchen provides a space for great drinks and conversation, making it a favorite spot for many. Moreover, the staff's professionalism and warm reception further heighten the dining experience. The restaurant's commitment to quality and customer satisfaction underscores its relevance in the Phoenix food scene.
A photo of Mora Italian restaurant
Price: Very Expensive
• Contemporary italian • North Central Phoenix
Booked 16 times today
Mora Italian, located in Phoenix, is the epitome of great contemporary Italian cuisine. Many guests hail Mora as the "closest thing you can get to authentic Italian cuisine" even after visiting Italy. The food, from the Black Campanelle to the Rigatoni and the blood orange dessert, is described as "amazingly delicious" with excellent presentation. Dishes are creatively conceived with a modern twist, yet hold true to Italian traditions in their heartiness and flavors. Reviews also praise the restaurant's outstanding service and ambiance, making it a perfect spot for special occasions. Mora Italian's innovative approach to the menu has left customers eager to return for another culinary experience.
A photo of Fat Ox restaurant
Price: Very Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Central Scottsdale
Booked 33 times today
Fat Ox, located in Scottsdale, is renowned for its superior Italian cuisine, providing diners with unique, higher-end culinary experiences. Highlighted in multiple reviews, their menu of traditional and innovative Italian dishes has something for everyone—handmade pasta dishes, organic chicken, fish, and unique pastas. The restaurant is noted for its extensive wine list and crafted cocktails, which perfectly complement the meals. Fat Ox is repeatedly praised for its excellent service, cozy atmosphere, and contemporary ambiance. Furthermore, customers appreciate the restaurant's attention to detail, from providing stools for personal belongings to remembering dietary preferences. The recurring promise from customers to return underscores the allure of Fat Ox's delightful dining experience.
A photo of La Locanda on 5th Avenue restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Old Town Scottsdale
Booked 7 times today
La Locanda on 5th Avenue is a treasure trove of authentic Italian cuisine, hailed by many as the best Italian restaurant in Phoenix. Receiving high praise for their impeccable service, consistent quality, and genuine atmosphere, they expertly cater to a variety of tastes and dietary needs. As noted by patrons, dishes such as the Ossobucco and Pappardelle Bolognese are cooked to perfection, and their homemade pastas and sauces are freshly prepared. Their signature dishes include LOBSTER RISOTTO and Chicken Parmesan. Reviewers frequently commend the restaurant's commitment to authenticity, one sharing, "La Locanda does it again. Our 4th time here from out of town, and still, nobody does authentic Italian like they do." Another patrons wrote, "This place by far is the best Italian restaurant in phoenix. The service is always amazing and the food it top notch!" Whether you’re looking for a quaint Italian dining experience, or indulging in love for jazz on a Thursday night, La Locanda offers an unparalleled gastronomic journey.
A photo of Virtu Honest Craft restaurant
Price: Very Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Old Town Scottsdale
Booked 8 times today
Virtu Honest Craft captures the essence of Modern European cuisine in Old Town Scottsdale, a treasure hidden amidst the concrete jungle. Reviewers consistently note its authentic European atmosphere; likening it to a quaint café in Tuscany or a stylish bistro. With its beautifully presented food that evokes the culinary art of Europe, Virtu stands out, particularly in Arizona where such cuisine is a rarity. The menu is unique and crafted with creativity, often incorporating fresh and in-season ingredients. The restaurant's devotion to service, quality, and atmosphere make every visit an unforgettable experience, with customers frequently returning to relive the enchanting taste of Europe.
A photo of POMO Pizzeria Napoletana - Biltmore restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Biltmore
Booked 4 times today
POMO Pizzeria Napoletana - Biltmore is praised by patrons for its authentic Neopolitan pizza, capturing the true essence of Pizzeria cuisine. The restaurant has received glowing reviews for its excellent service and inviting ambiance, with live music adding to the overall dining experience. Many guests highlight the variety on offer, including the Toto Sapore pizza and the Meat Lovers pizza, and compelling specialties like the Bolognese pasta. Several dine-in guests have complimented the restaurant's quaint setting at the Biltmore location, and the commitment to quality doesn't falter, even for takeaway orders. Given the consistent praise for delicious, well-prepared food and attentive staff, POMO Pizzeria Napoletana - Biltmore is highly recommended for Pizzeria cuisine enthusiasts.
A photo of Pizzeria Virtu restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Old Town Scottsdale
Booked 15 times today
Pizzeria Virtu, a high-end Italian restaurant, is renowned for its authentic Pizzeria cuisine. Customer reviews praise the savoury, well-prepared pizzas with a delightful twist of fresh ingredients and the tasteful dough. A range of pizzas including the Diamanté, Milano, and Bologna, were highly recommended by a group of diners, attesting to the variety and exceptional quality of the pizzas. The restaurant's cosy and quaint ambiance gives a feeling of being in Italy, as one reviewer noted. Detailed menu knowledge and excellent service from the staff, in particular servers Garrett and Shelby, are repeatedly cited, enhancing the overall dining experience. Definitely a gem in Scottsdale, Pizzeria Virtu won't disappoint.
A photo of Society restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Tempe
Booked 28 times today
Nestled on the second floor of a shopping complex in Tempe, next to a comedy club, is Society, a gem of Contemporary Italian cuisine. The beautifully decorated restaurant offers an expansive menu with highlights including classics such as meatballs, lobster pappardelle, bolognese, and creamy chicken gnocchi. The rave reviews testify to the establishment's commitment to quality and service. Visitors particularly commend the lobster pappardelle for its abundance of creamy lobster, the balance of flavors in each dish, and the restaurant's ambiance. Despite occasional hiccups, Society's dedicated and gracious team strive for constant improvement, ensuring every dining experience is memorable. The restaurant is also ideal for celebrations, date nights, and gatherings, making it a clear favorite among many.
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