Darcy's Ristorante (FKA Gianfranco by Darcy Ristorante)

4.4
601 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
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.
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 601 People Are Saying
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ML
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good very nic

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L
Phoenix
73 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is an excellent restaurant for quality Italian dishes, especially veal. Roberto, our waiter, was very knowledgable, friendly and did an excellent job taking care of our table.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Darcy's The food is great and so is the service. We'll be back many times in the future.

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NJ
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always,Mitch is fantastic,always willing to modify their classic recipes to suite our dietary needs

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Must just have been an off night. Table ready, very nice location and then....asked three times for butter by which time the bread was cold. Finally fresh bread and butter. Calamari was over cooked and tough, staff offered to “see if he could have it taken off the bill”. So hungry at this point that I ate half of it. I guess he was unsuccessful cause it was on the bill. The soup was VERY GOOD! After being there for over an hour, the waiter said your meals will be out shortly....I had to let him in on a little secret, he never actually took our order thus it would not be coming out shortly or ever for that matter. Asked for check and left. Oddly enough, was there 2 weeks prior for the first time with 6 others, ate in the bar, both food and service was EXCELLENT. Like I said, must have been an off night.

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R
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Wonderful food and highly recommended for everyone.

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MD
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, never had a bad meal at his restaurant. Veal is wonderful and Pork chop is outstanding.
We had a new waiter this time, but he had 20 years experience in another Scottsdale restaurant and took great care of our table. I would say that Darcy's is our all time favorite Italian restaurant in the Scottsdale area!

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CD
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was good but we left hungry. Entree looked lonesome on the plate.

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ML
Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

This restaurant found more ways to screw up Italian food than I would have thought possible. Our dishes were uniformly overoiled, overcooked, and flavorless. Veal Marsala consisted of medallions of paper thin veal (?) drowning in a gloopy mushroom sauce. My beet salad had beets out of a can topped with a mound of raw onions. Presentation was awful and the service uneven at best. Clearly there is a problem in the kitchen.

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d
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful Anniversary meal. The food was excellent and the staff was very attentive . This was our first visit but we would definitely go back.

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AA
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Staff was great. Food was ok. Branzino isn’t a tasty fish. Prepared well tho.

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RZ
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambiance was excellent, as usual. Great food and great summer specials.

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KG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Darcy's. We try to get up there at least once a month.

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KA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic !

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k
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent! Stop at bar before dinner, bartender was awesome! He had great recommendations!

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c
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I was really disappointed by my meal the other evening , the quality is definitely going down! No more fresh pasta, was offered baby shrimp as an addition to my pasta, baby shrimp means canned not fresh, so I asked for fresh, that was an up charge! Really a shame these new owners don’t know how to run a good restaurant, also my favorite waiter had left, he had been there for years!!! Bad sign

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M
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Sadly, this restaurant has changed. We were LONG term patrons of this place and it has changed, for the worst. Service was mediocre and they nickel and dime for any changes. We will never be back, after going there for 8 years. Too many other good places.

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MR
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Darcy's has maintained the same quality food and service that was offered when it was Gianfranco's, while improving the ambience by making the dining room brighter and lighter.

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AZ
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always a great meal. It's the spot we where bring all of our out-of-town guests or we go for special occasions. Service is always good. Ask for Mitch as your server.

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WY
Phoenix
53 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit since the management change from Gian Franco to Darcy's. We were very pleasantly pleased with the changes. Our dinners were excellent (chicken piccata and chicken marsala), service outstanding, and prices actually seemed more reasonable and portions larger than when it was Gian Franco.And my request for a gluten free meal and pasta was not met with the resistance that I used to get from Franco. (Never really understood this; and every good Italian restaurant now offers gluten free options). My only suggestion is the wine list "by the glass" needs some enhancement - not many choices.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Waiter had no welcome, just you want some drinks

Support staff offered bread 3/4 thru dinner

Waited 15 min to get check

No reason to re-visit as other options UXs are better

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T
Phoenix
105 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our neighborhood Italian restaurant. Mostly northern Italian, which I prefer. Some nice Italian wines on the menu.

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s
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is a waste of my time reviewing this restaurant. You are making it difficult for me to cancel a reservation that I have for this evening. If I want to answer questions or review a restaurant I will do it on my own

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C
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

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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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

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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SB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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DR
London
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Good local restaurant with pleasant staff and good food.

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BK
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Super menu. What a great Italian Resturant

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J
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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KD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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o
Phoenix
53 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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DA
London
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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B
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DL
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

anniversary

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ED
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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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NJ
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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ME
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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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