North Italia – Tucson

4.5
2055 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
At North, we focus on what we do best: Italian from scratch. Enjoy any of our handmade pastas and pizzas, created with seasonal ingredients and inventive flavors. Or, try a different signature dish, prepared with our fresh flavors from the garden, farm, and sea. We’ve hand crafted seasonal cocktails that pair great with our food, creating a real modern Italia experiences perfect for any occasion.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Brunch:
Sat - Sun 10am - 3pm

Lunch:
Mon - Fri 11am - 3pm

Mid Day:
Daily 3pm - 5pm

Happy Hour:
Mon - Fri 3pm - 6pm
All Day Sunday

Dinner:
Sun – Thu 5pm to 10pm
Fri – Sat 5pm to 11pm
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Phone number
(520) 299-1600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Santo
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Parking details
A private lot is also available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Guests up to 28 may gather in our intimate private dining room or host a reception for up to 50. North offers restaurant buy-outs which can host up to 200 guests for a reception and up to 115 guests seated.

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What 2055 People Are Saying
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D
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Food was very good. Unfortunately, the noise level prevented a reasonable conversation with my husband.
Surprised when birthday desert was brought to the table before we finished our entrees!

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Tucson
46 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice menu, good food, great service by Viviane, but it's pretty noisy. If you're going with a date or someone you really want to talk to, definitely don't go for dinner.

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MW
Tucson
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Devin is an outstanding server. We usually go on Sundays for dinner and we always request her. Great spot for Sunday dinner.

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SW
Indiana
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Seated right away even though early. Good service but noisy where we were. Food was great - good choices.

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A
Tucson
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food and service are excellent, but it’s soooo noisy, you can barely hear your dining partner. We’ll try it again for lunch but won’t go back for dinner.

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SP
Phoenix
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and cocktails excellent as usual

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ZD
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The place overall was great. I took my girlfriend out for a nice dinner and that's what we got. The only thing me and her didnt like is it was just way to loud. Not the music just to many people talking. But it was great. The server we had was good. Very knowledgeable and energetic and nice to us. I'd come back again

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TT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. As always.

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JH
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great venue, and reasonably priced. It continues to be one of Tucson's go-to restaurants, for great reasons!

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NJ
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I would give a much better review however we were celebrating our 51 st anniversary and our family experience was ruined by our main course service. One meal didn’t arrive until all others were finished eating. Unfortunately it was our youngest family member who was quite hungry and unhappy! We weren’t charged however, an earlier explanation would have been helpful to perhaps reorder.

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DK
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always enjoy the food at North but a little loud for my taste

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K
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our evening at North Italia and will be back the next time we are in Tucson. We started off with the lovely Chef's Board along with the Grilled Artichoke appetizer. We then had the Tuscan Kale salad, Funghi pizza, and the Short Rib Radiatori. All were very tasty and we would order all the above, again. Most impressive was the high level of service that we received. Thank you!

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RE
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

So good - always a great experience. Love the Italian wine list. A little pricey but complimentary to the authentic Italian food.

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w
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and attention by Vito the manager

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T
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Great food, slow service, really loud. Would recommend on food alone if you have time to spare. Maybe sitting outside would be better for less noise and yelling across the table.

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TT
Tucson
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came with my sister, for the Pizza. We got the Prosciutto, it was the best I've ever had there. Also we got the squash soup- amazing.

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FH
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Very noisy place. The pasta was well cooked but they were stuck together ... The service of the wine is a real joke. They open the bottle and put the cork on ... They served the main course while we were eating our appetizer. The place is lively and the terrasse confortable even if it was cold outside.

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P
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super busy and fun place. We both set at the bar, then a table. Both servers were very nice. Great people watching location and it is very lively and busy. :-)

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JH
Tucson
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usually North did not disappoint. Service and food both great. Indoors during busy nights can be a little noisy, choose to sit outside in their heated patio if looking for a quitter spot.

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BC
Tucson
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Small portions for the money, very few veggie options.

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Phoenix
132 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lots of energy here, good food raced from kitchen to table. Always enjoy this. Lots of smiles.

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BH
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful happy hour. Dragoon IPA for $4. Phenomenal appetizer board for $10. Makes a great dinner by itself or could easily be shared as an app. Excellent service.

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OT
Denver
39 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were starved after our hike but not just anything would do, so we were so pleased we ate here. Would definitely come back again and again.

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NP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

The Zucca chips were burned. My chicken pesto had several undercooked pieces of chicken. We only discovered that at home. Took forever to get anything we asked for.

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CJ
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Gave this place a second chance, this time abysmal food, cold, bland, no flavor, and again they charged me $4 for bolognese sauce(nothing spectacular) without telling me about it! Skip this place I say!

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FW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, North delivered the choices and ambiance we cherish so much, kudos!

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was not the greatest

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JM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! The best meal and most fun I have had in a long time.

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Phoenix
58 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I organized our Foodies Group to have dinner here. I requested a certain table and got it, a certain waiter, Chase, and got him so it was a big hit with our friends. Chase is a super server! He never rushed us, was always available, even tho he was also waiting on tables in a private room, he answered all questions fully and was very pleasant too. The food was good. My branzino was the best I have had in a long time. Two people had the chicken Parmesan and were very pleased with the dish. The pizza was spot on. Two people had the scallops and thought they were good, but the portions seemed very small. Perhaps that is because they are served in a bowl. All in all the evening was everything we hoped it would be.

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KJ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

North is one of my favorite Tucson restaurants. The food is always excellent and the service attentive but not hovering. The wine list is wonderful and the views are fantastic. Just don't go for a quiet, intimate dinner. North is a busy, high volume place.

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JL
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Service was ok. Food was delicious.

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LW
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Other than a table with unregulated (read LOUD including shrieking) children that was too near ours, we had a wonderful time. The calamari with arugula was fantastic; we enjoyed our cocktails (thought I can't remember what they were called); the Funghi pizza was also perfect with a lite crispy crust and a good amount of toppings.
Our waiter was attentive without being obsequious. The prices are a bit steep for me, but are probably the market rate. Maybe that's why I so rarely go out to eat....well that and because I am rather a fussy reviewer.
Maybe my expectations are not realistic but with the prices we pay I feel entitled to have high expectations at a restaurant of this caliber and they did not fail to deliver.

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CS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food. Attentive service. Unpleasantly noisy atmosphere.

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BD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food is very tasty at North, but the portion sizes have diminished through the years. A $15 salad doesn't even fill the bowl it's served in. Also, our waitress was pushing appetizers way too hard - asking us 3 times if we wanted any was 2 times too many!

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a
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Been coming here for years and usually get the same dish, chicken parm. This time the chicken was over cooked to the point of being very dry. Was not impressed. Hopefully a one time occurrence. It was a Monday evening and not busy.

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RE
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife ordered the branzino and I ordered the pizza of the day which was spicy salami it was really tasty and I tried my wife's Branzino it was very very good and before dinner we order the chef board which has sliced Meats cheeses olives nuts and grilled bread it was very good we also had a nice bottle of wine I really recommend this place

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OT
Tucson
113 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

While we enjoyed the dinner, we went for the 20th anniversary dinner, they had run out of the special and did not offer an alternative choice. We were very disappointed. We thought this was very poor management.

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CJ
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Was charged $6 extra for changing sauces on my pasta, server never advised there would be a charge, Minestrone soup was warm at best, server said they were running low on bread and he couldn't bring more to the table, not a good experience. Restaurant wasn't that busy to me to be having such slow service.

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FF
Tucson
34 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We continue to frequent North for one very good reason. It is always good!

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C
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Yum! We went to take advantage of the fox 35th anniversary celebration was a delicious three-course for $20. You don’t get that very often there. Everything was super yummy and great prices. We went during happy hour so husband got an eggplant pizza that was to die for. And some yummy desserts

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