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Darcy's Ristorante (FKA Gianfranco by Darcy Ristorante)

4.4
578 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Authentic
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Darcy's Ristorante is a landmark Italian restaurant bringing the best to North Scottsdale. As a local fixture that has been offering irresistible Italian dishes and an extensive wine list, we are proud to be North Scottsdale's choice for Italian dining. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just looking to enjoy one of our specials with all the flavors of the old country amongst friends, come in and explore the Italian food that has made us famous.
​We are tucked away at the west­erly foot of Pinnacle Peak. Beyond the simple wood and glass entry door is a bar and a dining room that exudes an aura of comfort and hospitality. Double clothed tables in pale taupe and mustard are mated with wood-framed oval-backed dining chairs that are beautifully embellished with nail heads. The seats and backs are upholstered in fawn brown ultra-suede. The whole thing comes together to create a mellow friendly ambiance, a home away from home feeling.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(480) 585-6969
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Staff of world class chefs
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Private party facilities
Please contact Karen for further details.
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Private party contact
Karen Van Moerkerken: (480) 585-6969
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N Alma School Road
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Entertainment
We have live entertainment in the bar on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
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Special events & promotions
We have live entertainment in the bar in season - Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. No entertainment during the summer months.
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Gift Card
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 578 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The food and service is always great. Scott was our server and he’s always awesome! I do think there are less special appetizers and entrees versus two years ago when it was Giafrancos.

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2.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Only 3 tables were filled; the wait staff all seemed awkward; the place was too quiet; plus the person who greeted us questioned our Open Table reservation. I think it was the owner. We question whether the restaurant will even make it.

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3.0Dined on April 3, 2018

The service was rushed and abrupt. A Rombauer white wine was served at room temperature. The waiter said it was not him that had forgotten to replace the bottle in the fridge as he had been off for three days. The bread was tossed into our side plates and while drinking a glass of water I was asked to pass the water over in order that it could be topped up. I obliged mid-gulp and handed it over! Good news was, the pasta was good. Sauces had a genuine tomato flavour with no sugar. We were in and out in less than an hour and a half. And we had some good laughs about the hurried and quite unpolished service.

We would recommend the food. Just bring along a sense of humour and be prepared to be catapulted through your meal.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

James was our server. We have had him about 5 times now .. He has so much personality and has lots of food and drink knowledge.. We enjoy his service. Love Mike the bartender too.

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Good local restaurant with pleasant staff and good food.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great food. Super menu. What a great Italian Resturant

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We had an outstanding dinner!! Our waiter was terrific. The food - as always - very, very good. It was a special evening that was just perfect!! Darcy’s is our favorite restaurant in Scottsdale.

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1.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Absolutely one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had in the Phoenix area. Thirsty dollars for two ounces of dry chicken and frozen green beans? Really? Dishes weren’t cleared appropriately. Service was terrible.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Personally I think it’s the best Italian dining experience in Scottsdale, the Bronzini Picatta is fantastic!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Good food, good service, fair prices. What more can you say.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Good food..... good service..... we will return

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

First time at Darcys since it changed its name, but the food is as delicious as ever. It’s not cheap, but it’s really really good Italian food. Slight change in decor and it’s nice to have natural light in the main dining room. For some reason it does seem to attract noisy groups - the tables for 2 all surround a couple of large tables, and it’s not the first time that these have been full of noisy diners.... we don’t want it to be a morgue, but I’d like to be able to hear my husband (sometimes)! Will definitely be back, however!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Really enjoyed the place. The food was excellent and the service was as well. Looking forward to returning soon!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

anniversary

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We have eaten at Gianfranco’s for the past few years and continue to enjoy their food, service and value. Unfortunately their lasagna doesn’t taste as good as it once was. It used to be only available as a special and is now a menu item. I feel the recipe has changed.. The creaminess is gone and is now just a ‘so-so’ dish.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Great food and good with accommodations like gluten free veggies instead of pasta. Great wait staff.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We enjoyed our meals... We were looking for a good Italian restaurant and Darcy's was available. Even though the table was nicely set in preparation for our time, they accommodated our request to move to a different , more quiet table. Only shortfall was the server forgot our appetizer so, when told, it was served with our salad course. We were curious to see if it might be comped(not)... That said, our server did give us a very good wine recommendation. All in all, very nice and wouldn't hesitate to return.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The service and attention to detail have been declining over the last few months. To be a 5 star restaurant the service has to be as good as the food. We've had to ask for bread the last 2 times... while other tables who arrive after us get theirs before we do. (We love their bread) There were only 3 napkins at our table when we were seated. We repeatedly asked for the 4th napkin. Eventually my husband just got up and got one from another table. When we were ready to leave our waiter was too busy to bring our check. We waited quite awhile and asked several other servers if they could bring our check. I think Darcy was there celebrating her birthday, so maybe the entire staff were busy trying to impress her (or hide). Our waiter seemed to have too many tables. The food is consistently good. Service is not.

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2.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Our linguini and clam sauce was extremely watery, and the pasta did not taste like it was made fresh in the kitchen as proclaimed.
The Bread on the table was on the edge of stale as well and the boy handing it out did not even know what kind of bread it was.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Great service! Menu wasn’t huge, but our food was delicious.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We dine at Darcy’s all the time (3-4 times per month). We’re noticing when it’s busy tables seem to be closer together which made a Valentines conversation difficult. We were seated next to the kitchen so very noisy and busy. We love the place and will always go back but the “over-crowding” since it became Darcy’s is obvious. Hopefully they are not sacrificing a great reputation from Gianfranco for a couple of extra tables.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Best Italian food in metro Phoenix. Excellent service....great bartender .....friendly bar

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2018

The food was great. A bit overpriced, but very good. The service was awful. Some of the worst I've experienced in a long time. The manager, who I believe was the owner, was apologetic, but in the end did very little to get us to come back. Not that I was looking for a free dinner, but with all the problems we had, she should have offered more that a free desert for the table. Really left a bad taste in our mouth. Pun intended.

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1.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Our service was terrible. We had a reservation, table was not ready for 25 minutes, we were ignored for a long time once we sat down, one entree was incorrect....waiter seemed overwhelmed.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a reservation but had to wait in the bar (very noisy) for 1/2 hour before being seated.
Food was good but service was slow.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Hadn't been since restaurant changed hands, so decided to try. LARGE menu, and pretty traditional, so something for everyone. We shared the calamari - very good; not great - and the caprese salad- same assessment . He had the carbonara and I had the penne with a spicy marinara and chicken. Entrees were both very good, and generous servings! Bread was excellent, by the way. Service was attentive, but our waiter really didn't know how to open/serve wine, so that was a bit of a disappointment. We will return, but it is not at the top of our local Italian list.

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2.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Missed orders, slow orders getting out, no bus boys (We looked at dirty dishes throughout the evening).
Some of the food that was served was obviously sitting under lamps for a long time.
They were busy, and couldn't handle the volume.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Mike the bartender is exceptional!

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Always awesome. Service, food, ambience... outstanding. As good as it gets for authentic Italian food, without being pretentious. These guys know how to make a winning meal with a solid wine list to match. Great bar, too, if you just want a drink and an appetizer.

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2.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Terrible service. Waiter was missing in action. Had to wait 20 minutes just to get a wine menu, never mind the wine itself. Food was OK, but not up to it's normal quality. Not going back for a long while.

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Been there before when it was Gainfranco's. The food was very good, but the changes in the menu where not to our liking. As for the service, we had a waiter in training, not the best experience, but nice young man and he will learn fast.

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Mike is always great in the bar. Staff is excellent,

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4.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Solid Italian restaurant. Minimal menu but what they had was good.

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4.0Dined on January 8, 2018

First time here and loved it. Great food, great service and down the block from the Four Seasons Hotel we were staying at.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Great food and service. Very nice evening out with my hubby.

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4.0Dined on January 2, 2018

Always a good meal, good service, very reliable. repeat customer, the veal, the pork chop and the salads...

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2018

Great food

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Hubby and I Cam here for New Years Eve. The service was great. I had a Rubinstein Cab Sauv which didn’t blow my mind. The calamari was average, the burrata was very good. My tortellini della Nonna was delicious. Hubby had osso bucco, which was tasty but we’ve both had better. Overall goood food and service but I’ve had better Italian.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

This restaurant never disappoints! Great food, professional service, friendly staff and always delicious!

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Fantastic food snd service! Best veal ever, that incluses the East Coast. Being from NY I am always amazed how great this place is.

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