Darcy's Ristorante (FKA Gianfranco by Darcy Ristorante)

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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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vipNancyC
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mitch is the best! Always takes great care of us!

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vipleeh
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

reasonably good fish dishes. Friend had a pasta with red sauce which she said was just "ok". Didn't know how to make true Carbonara! Cream isn't an ingredient! Drinks were good, they are very proud of the wine list.

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vipDavidinrehoboth
Charlotte
43 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful evening! Gary was the server extraordinaire! The food was amazing, and they have a great wine list. Food is wonderful!

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vipCharlesF
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This time the level of noise was fine. Food is awesome and service to match as well.

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honestreview
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Classic Italian in a classic Italian setting. An older crowd, but a fun one! Food and service was great.

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vipStuartM
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here a few times now and it continues to impress. Our waiter has been there a long time and is always attentive, funny and thorough. The food is always delicious and the setting is cozy.

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vipCharlesF
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Terrible noise but excellent food and service. Impossible to have any kind of conversation without yelling. I now can tell you everything about the 15 people or so, sitting around me. I have never experienced a noise level in a restaurant like that. Seemed like I was at a Diamondbacks game??

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vipmisspicky
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was slow to arrive but they were busy. Career salad appeared wilted, but osso bucco was very good.

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vipMarkB
Phoenix
48 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Valentines dinner which I wanted to be special, I had asked for a table in the bar by reservation two weeks ahead of time, but instead got the only table in the dining room without a window, when I asked if we could be moved the manager said nobody moves, all while we see many other tables without anyone sitting in them. We were using a gift certificate given to us by friends who know it has been one of our go to favorites, even after Gionfranco sold the restaurant and the new owners struggled, we supported them. Not headed back anytime soon. Maybe a smile and a welcome back would help what feels like a tired restaurant!

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Localdiner48912
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service for our group of 8. Always a great experience.

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vipRidZ
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience! One of my favorite restaurants here in Scottsdale. Very attentive and pleasant staff, excellent food, quiet atmosphere! Thank you for a most pleasant evening!

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Lorili88
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite Italian date night restaurant closed unexpectedly. I started researching new places. I had 3 on my list, and started with Darcy’s. I have no need to try the others. It was everything we were looking for. And as a bonus, some of the wait staff from the old restaurant is now at Darcy’s. It was a nice surprise! Debbie & Roberto are excellent.

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vipRandyR
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food over priced for quality received. Waiter was in a rush. Too loud. Will not go back.

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vipArizonaAggie
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

I have been to this restaurants many times 4 to 5 times per year for 10 years. Historically, it has been a favorite.
They had a really bad day this last Saturday.
But over the last six months, the food quality is down and service (mostly with Maitre D) has been terrible
Last Saturday very slow service - 1.5 Hours to get main course (it was a big weekend with Phoenix Open but very poor planning).
I can no longer recommend this restaurant as a top restaurant in North Scottsdale!

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vipnkirklin
Omaha
92 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great North Scottsdale neighborhood Italian restaurant. Will recommend it to anyone. Love sitting in the bar area whether at the bar or a table.

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vipbLvL
Phoenix
114 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We have gone to this restaurant off and on with mixed opinions that said this was a pleasant surprise service was a lot better. Food was good but pasta side fair. It is a bit old school but in a good way not old and tired as some of the other old school restaurants are in SCOTTSDALE will go back but not any time soon.

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SusanS
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service.

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vipcarmelrez
Central Coast
20 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The only drawback was the length of time it took to get out entrees. Enjoyed everything else.

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vipKtuck
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was outstanding. The ambiance was somewhat lacking. It is a good neighborhood restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we loved our night out at Darcy's. Bar ambience was perfect and bartenders Mike and Gary are wonderful!

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Scotsrose
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Old school itailian restaurant. Good food. Old school service and atmosphere. But way over priced.

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vipArizonaAggie
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at one of our favorite restaurants in North Scottsdale.

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vipDougN
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Debra was outstanding

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JoanG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time there and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The waiter was attentive, the food was delicious and we could carry on a conversation without having to shout over the noise. We are going back again next week! This is a hidden gem.

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RalphT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Now on our regular list for our trips to North Scottsdale. A hidden gem.

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vipTony
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food (particularly veal dishes - Marsala). Friendly and competent service.

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vipTwin2
Phoenix
36 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took a couple for dinner who have never been. They enjoyed the whole experience as much as we did. The food was excellent, service great and great company. We will return as we love your restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Entirely average! Food was under-seasoned, ambiance was dark, loud, and decorated with gimmicky Italian-inspired pieces.

The wait staff was unprofessional but got along ok as long as you don’t ask any questions of the menu - especially the wine menu.

The crowd was old and regular... if that describes you, then you’ll love the place!

I’ll not be recommending it nor returning.

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vipPete
Memphis
39 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, excellent food, wine and service. Always appreciate a well-paced dining experience, without the rush job that many restaurants give customers in an effort to turn over tables.

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birthday
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Best restaurant since our move from California. We were treated incredibly as we celebrate our 25th anniversary.
Roberto was simply superb as a waiter greeted us by acknowledging our anniversary. He made great recommendations for our appetizer, and main courses.
The procuitto with mozzarella, tomato, peppers and olives were great and perfect amount for 2.
My wife's eggplant parmigiana must have been great. She is very picky about Italian food (it's her heritage) and never finishes her meals, but she finished hers and poached on my veal marasala with mushrooms, which was tasty and neither dish was heavy (sometimes it is due to being overly breaded and fried.
The service was excellent.
Roberto surprised us with Tiramisu and a candle, which he explained was a treat from everyone there to celebrate our anniversary.
We ended our meal with the gentleman from the table next to us stopping by and wishes us a happy anniversary.
This was a great place to celebrate with my best friend, soulmate and love of my life who has stuck by me through thick and thin.
Do yourself a favor and go there to celebrate your special occasion and ask for Roberto. But remember to let them know ahead of time of your celebration, to enjoy the full experience, of people and great food.

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vipBarb
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time here! We were welcomed accordingly, great service, and server was knowledgeable. Even though our server got my order wrong, (ordered chicken piccata), I really loved the veal piccata! Server gave us $20’off our bill because of his error, so that was good! Only problem I see here is prices are high for what you get. Not much to my husband’s and my meal. Left hungry in fact. Friends had pasta, which looked like a normal amount, however. Dessert was small, too.

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KandaceP
St. Louis
15 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

The food was wonderful. The wait staff was excellent. Our waiter was a misogynist nightmare.

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vipJanet
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought guests and we al thoroughly enjoyed our dinners. Outstanding service and really fresh, delicious food!

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Repeater
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not really expected to find a New York-class Italian restaurant in the Phoenix area. But the food was truly excellent, the ambiance charming, and the service authentic and attentive at every level, from Roberto's (our waiter) enthusiastic recommendations and watchful monitoring, to the timely bread and water service (the bread was so good, we asked if it could be bought separately). The wines we had by the glass were also excellent. Overall, a great experience, and a great value!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent.

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vipLocal
Phoenix
91 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

This has been our go-to place for good Italian food in a casual upscale restaurant. The first indication that all was not well was when we were seated in the same areas as all the other diners - making the conversation noise level very high. And, the service was so bad, that it has made us reconsider dining here again soon. The waitress was either very new, or simply wasn't a good waitress - she had trouble getting the orders straight. The most egregious part of the evening was when one of our party was still eating the salad, but the waiter/busboy cleared the other diners' plates and then took hers away. He simply reached in and took the plate. When the entrees arrived, everyone finished but the same slower eater. BUT - again, all the plates were cleared, including the butter plates, before the diner had finished. Then, they reached for her plate. Everyone at the table just looked on, open mouthed at the rudeness. None of the wait staff looked familiar from previous visits, so I'm guessing there has been a big turnover during the past few months. We'll try again, but hope that some serious training occurs in the meantime.

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LisaL
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great, food excellent but they ran out of cheesecake 🙁 and we got there early 5:45...

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Foodie
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Anniversary but no recognition from restaurant.

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vipPete
Memphis
39 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go-to restaurant in Troon North... always great service and strong menu. Wine is a little overpriced but good variety of Italian and U.S. bottles and glasses. Big shout out to our waiter, Mitch, for always being on top of things and generally making the experience a winner. Highly recommend for seasonal visitors as well as locals.

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