North Italia – Tucson

4.5
3603 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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RyanG
Tucson
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

1st time at North since change in ownership from FRC. Unfortunately, it was also the 1st time I have had an an experience that was memorable in a negative way. It was packed on a Monday night and perhaps the staff was overwhelmed? Our server disappeared throughout the night, food was slow coming from the kitchen of epic proportion as it took 42 minutes from time we ordered to be served. Once served, the dishes came out individually, so that once the 1st person in our 6 top was served, it took almost 10 minutes until the last person was served. 3 dishes were good (mussels, Alfredo, caesar) and 3 were not. The squid ink pasta was good, but so spicy that you couldn't taste the seafood. I love salt. However, the Short rib pasta was borderline inedible and bland on any other seasoning other than salt. The horseradish cream was non-existent. Then there was the roasted salmon. INEDIBLE. Again, the salt intake caused us to consume glasses of water of the 3 that tried it as the diner who ordered it wanted to see if she was overreacting to the amount of salt. The server did ask if we would like new dishes, however, since it took almost an hour to get our food we declined. We have worked in dining and I worked for FRC, so not looking for freebies, but never saw the manager to discuss. Love this place, and chalking it up to an off night, but hope they go a little lighter on the salt in future. From a diner who usually needs/wants more seasoning on food.

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AmyD
Tucson
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio, with seating area and fire pits. Friendly, helpful staff and delicious food.

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vipagbcpa
Baltimore
92 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food is good as usual service was off and was served food that was not what we requested and entree was not hot when served. Not our best experience

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Steepk9walker
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Haven’t been in a while, still good. Service was particularly good.

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HannahG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience at North. Food was great, timely, and service was awesome.

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monicam
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food.

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Mindy
Tucson
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The noice level is unbearable. Scraping of chairs on patio. I was at a table for 2 and I had to ask my companion to constantly repeat.

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JANEO
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio is beautiful at North Italia and has heaters for chilly days. The service was very good and food tasty.

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vipfoodiegirl5
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service- can’t make a good martini but the wine is good!

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KimG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!
Incredibly helpful with my food allergies.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ricardo was just an amazing server, he helped my girlfriend in choosing a wine that she would like. He also was able to answer all of our questions (it was our first time so we had plenty) about the menu. One of the best night outs in some time. :)

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LindaS
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience3

We were soooo disappointed with our server and our food service...not to mention the food! Waited 15 minutes fir gluten free bread (which was awful) to have with shrimp scampi. Gluten free pizza was a mess...took 20 minutes to get a new one! Regular pizza LACK toppings including cheese. We have reservations for 6 in a week...may cancel if we don't hear from Manager! Ruined our birthday dinner and never even got a dessert!

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luvflag
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Arrived in the early evening and with reservations. We were quickly seated but asked if we could move. We could not sit at our chosen table as it was reserved. That table remained unused through the evening.

The wait staff tried to upsell us on wine offering only bottles. When we said we'd only drink a glass he said we could cork and take the remainder home. Had I not looked online I wouldn't have known there were offerings by the glass.

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vip5OHS
Tucson
70 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Friendly, attentive service last night which is SO rare anymore! This place seemed to be fully staffed, too! We were warmly greeting and then treated kindly when we asked to move indoors from the chilly patio. Expansive menu, we liked what we chose and I'm eating my leftovers now for lunch. Zucchini chips were a yummy start. We'll be back!

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vipInFromSF
Phoenix
96 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Most locals probably can't count how many times they've eaten here over the past 15 years or so. Menus change, food goes in & out of fashion regularly.
So when it was decided to check out North again it was with a bit of trepidation.
We were warmly received by our server, food was great, never had to ask for refills on beverages. Server was great & personable. We started out with the app of meatballs reminiscent of the ones Towne Hall in SF developed years ago. Pasta ordered was home-made, decadent & delicious & the burger I ordered for a change was perfectly cooked. You could easily tell it was hand formed from the texture served with parmesian cheese were the typical accompaniment but surprisingly really good.
If you haven't been here for awhile I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food great environment

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vipLDM57
Tucson
26 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the brunch menu and try to make a reservation several times a week. Prefer eating at the bar or on the north patio. Food is consistent, menu varied for both of us. My husband is a breakfast eater and love the Arugala and Avocado Salad with a piece of Salmon. The wine list is great and I love their Palomas.

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vipWine
Tucson
37 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alway great

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BobS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Daniel was our server and he is obviously very good. Refreshing since with the shortage of good staff , i was glad this restaurant works on training staff well

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vipDesh
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had anything but a delicious dinner.

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Barbara
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

North Italia is the best Italian restaurant in Tucson and one of our favorite restaurants to go to with friends! Food, service, and ambience are all outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Everything was great

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vipCooldude22
Tucson
26 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Never a disappointment.

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MikeO
Tucson
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered Milan Mules and they started the evening off great. We had three pasta and two salmon dinners. The Salmon I had I ordered it spicy and it was great. They always have great service from servers to bus boys. Great experience for my adult daughters birthday.

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vipwinealittle
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Disappointed that many of the staff were not wearing masks. Short rib was dried out and over salted.

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ClausD
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was prompt and friendly, and our food was as good as expected.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great.

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vivacefan12
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service were excellent. Your registration site was poor and would not let me register for a tabled . To solve this issue I had to go to the North web site and use their link to make my reservation from there.

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vipLenny
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience. Awesome food and always great service.

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KenR
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance, great service, great everything!

MM
MeMai
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining! From service to wine selection to flavorful dishes;
The best Italian we’ve had in a long time. We’ll definitely be back.

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JimL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife's birthday; very good and efficient experience - we were literally in and out in just over an hour. Yucca chips, split an excellent salad, short ribs for my wife, roasted salmon for me - both excellent. Nice bottle of Italian Crete Senisi wine recommended by server was the topper. Overall great experience.

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AshleyH
Tucson
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fantastic at North Italia! We tried the roasted salmon which was amazing. The cauliflower underneath was cooked with pesto and it was such a great combination. We also had the Cacio e Pepe pizza which was so so good. The sauce was creamy and peppery which was amazing and the cheese was cooked perfectly along with the crust. Such a great place to eat, and the outdoor seating is perfect for a nice warm evening.

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RobinH
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The fire pit was inviting. We decided to eat outside as the restaurant was quite crowded inside and many of the seats are hard wood. We sat in comfy outdoor patio chairs and just plain relaxed for my birthday. The food was excellent. I chose this place for something different and there are many gluten-free options for my husband. My daughter in retrospect wanted some leftover pizza and wished she had ordered the regular size vs a kids pizza.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

She was a nice one by zero means a grinch
The wine was priced a glass for a bottle
The heaters outside or the speakers from outside gave a high pitch
I got up for a second to take care of some business
They were already clearing my table
I hadn’t even payed
Maybe I didn’t have to
She was nice though I’ll remember the letters in foreign

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JovannaL
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Will keep coming back due to overall experience.
The strozzapreti I always order was a little bitter and didn’t know why. Aside from that, other entrees were excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch with my sister and it was lovely!

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Kathy
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Isaac was a fantastic server. The only reason I didn’t rate it a five is that despite a county mask mandate multiple employees were not wearing masks. Not to mention mask less patrons.

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RodolfoM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue. All the team at north italia was wonderfull

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GregoryS
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Not up their usual standards. Probably because of New Year's "special" menu. Main course came with? the appetizer? Main course was cold as was the appetizer. Had to send both back to heat them up? Vegetables on main dish with fish were cold like they just came out of the fridge. We eat here often and quite frankly this was far below their usual high standards. A disappointment.

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You can order delivery directly from North Italia – Tucson using the Order Online button. North Italia – Tucson also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (520) 299-1600.

North Italia – Tucson is rated 4.5 stars by 3603 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.