Darcy's Ristorante (FKA Gianfranco by Darcy Ristorante)

4.4
651 reviews
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Italian
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.
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Phoenix
80 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food in Scottsdale. Mike the bartender knows his customers' drinks and makes the perfect cocktail.

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New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful good and service

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service, would go there again. very convenient for North Scottsdale

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Phoenix
109 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the whole experience. Great Italian food and wines.

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B
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, ate on PATIO which was great. Had the homemade braised rib ravioli just like grandma used to make. Scott was our waiter and he was great with recommendations and service. Veal Picatta was also excellent thin and perfectly prepared. It was the best Italian restaurant for food we have experienced in Scottsdale.

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SB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good local spot, always great food and service.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 1

When we entered the front door, the hostess was rude when she greeted us. Then when she wanted to seat us in

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Tucson
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The servers were knowledgeable about the menu; polite; and efficient. The food was superb. The Caesar salad was one of the best we ever had.

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HL
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a nice evening. I had notified OpenTable it was a birthday but the restaurant did not get the note.

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Omaha
82 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great neighborhood Italian restaurant in Northeast Scottsdale area by Pinnacle Peak Park and Four Seasons. I am a fan of sitting at bar.

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JJ
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food. A little pricey but has always been very good.

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DR
London
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Really good Italian food and excellent service. Good value too.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We had an 8pm booking by which time most diners had left making for an odd ambience. We had a table by the patio window but looked out on other tables that were being stored rather than used and so not very appealing. Service was very fast - perhaps too fast? . We both had the Lasagne that was a “special” for the evening but it lacked flavor and was very bland. We were out of the restaurant within the hour and just about the last ones to leave. So not a great experience and certainly nothing close to what we had envisioned for a romantic evening out.

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Phoenix
49 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit here. Excellent food, service and ambiance. We enjoyed it very much and hope to come back soon.

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EM
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought out-of-town friends to Darcy's, and they were very impressed with everything, from the delicious food to Mitch's excellent service (as always).

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nothing special about my food, it was good, not great. The cappuccino machine inoperative thought the appetizers were tired and in need of an update.

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DP
Phoenix
85 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really love dining at Darcy's Ristorante. We especially enjoy having Robert as our waiter as he takes excellent care of us! We knew him from his prior place and got to know him when we stopped in for dinners. Menu choices are plentiful and food is tasty. Wine list is excellent with many choices by glass or bottle. Nice ambiance and tasty food. Plan to return.

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DS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! Great food, service & ambience!!

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is fantastic, Mike is best bartender in Scottsdale

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Engaging and attentive service in a nice atmosphere with excellent food. We all had a wonderful evening and plan to return.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This one is on our regular rota for Scottsdale restaurants and especially when we want Italian. The alternatives are in Old Town. Pastas are home made and terrific, with an excellent variety of sauces. Veal is well prepared always, pounded appropriately thin and presented in a variety of different ways. Hard to choose between the Marsala or the Piccata, with are both excellent. I grew up in NYC, where superb Italian is the norm. This competes well with the very high expectations that come with that upbringing. The dining room is so-so as a matter of ambiance, we try to sit at one of the high tops in the bar. There's not that many of them, so your choice is to go early and beat the Happy Hour squad or wait until that's over. I choose the latter.

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HR
Munich
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 1

the tables for two are ridiciously small and absolutely not up zo european standards

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TT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere and service. A very comfortable "neighborhood" place!

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Phoenix
41 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good except they ran out of up martini glasses and tried to substitute a heavy cocktail glass which was absurd

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Denver
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

We dine at Darcy’s quite often and will continue to do so. Valentines was a bit disappointing. The two person tables are so close together you are closer to strangers on each side than you are to your spouse. We couldn’t have any sort of a conversation as a result. For a fairly high-end restaurant I would hope there’s some solution as this isn’t the first time we’ve had this problem.
The food is always great but they could give us some options on the paste as the only choice of penne pasta is getting a bit old after 6 years.

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CD
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took friends there for wonderful Italian food. Darcy’s did not disappoint—everything was spectacular

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Naples
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We were seated right in front of the Kitchen which was very noisy and cut down on our overall enjoyment. The Bronzino special had the same Picata sauce as the Chicken Picata. Both were very salty. Our service was excellent.

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RZ
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Restaurant was very loud and our dinners less than spectacular. I have been to Darcy’s in the past, and this by far, was the most disappointing experience.

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JG
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Some of the finest bronzing I have had in a long time. would recommend.

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JS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wish the noise was a bit less but had a wonderful dinner!!

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CB
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great birthday dinner with my husband and son.

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JB
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was average, service by Scott was good. Don't know if I'd go there again.

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BB
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place!

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Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Other guests would have enjoyed it more if more of the veal and checken entrees were not breaded. The breading took away from the flavor.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been loyal customers for almost 10 years and the food never disappoints! We always enjoy seeing our favorite bartenders Mike and Gary. Waiter Mitch does a great job too! This is a hidden gem in Troon North!

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HH
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Food was mediocre, especially for the price. Service poor. Atmosphere was nice in the dining room, but noise from the bar was too loud.

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Phoenix
56 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good Italian dishes, no frills OK Wine list. My biggest complaint is that the restaurant does NOT filter or RO its tap water. It is well known that Scottsdale water tastes terrible! Most restaurants of this caliber and price range filter their drinking water. Maybe the strategy is to get you to buy more wine!!

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best in SCOTTSDALE!

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AZ
Phoenix
81 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food in Scottsdale with a lively but friendly bar. Mike, the bartender is a gem who remembers your name and your drink.

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JK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I have been there before and have eaten in the bar area and the food was good and service OK maybe it was because it was New Year’s Eve but our waiter was totally stressed and fast and not paying any attention took four times to ask the same question for bread and both scampi dishes had absolutely no flavor and just very not done shrimp in liquid so we will not go back unless we do happy hour at their bar area ...

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