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About Mora Italian
Scott Conant, acclaimed chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and judge on Food Network’s “Chopped”, has brought his signature brand of soulful Italian cooking to the contemporary dining landscape of Phoenix. Together with well-renowned local chef Matthew Taylor, Conant has created a seasonal and thoughtful menu of elevated traditional Italian fare. In the convivial setting of Mora, guests will also find a diverse wine list, witty, handcrafted cocktails, and an array of beer selections.
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Contemporary Italian, Italian
Hours of Operation:
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Occaisional guest appearncce from local DJ"s that dig into the music of the Sinatra era and some local bands.
Complimentary Valet Parking as well as Street Parking on E. Montebello Ave.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Mora Italian Ratings and Reviews
We had a holiday party with 8 people. Mora set us up with a large, round table off in a secluded corner of the restaurant. The architecture and mood is upscale and casual - very cool and inviting. The large screen TVs over the bar definitely reduced the feeling of the place from smooth, classy restaurant to high-end sports bar. Has a neighborhood vibe which fits into the area.
We were seated 30 minutes after our reservation time. Service was professional and attentive... when they were around. There were several stretches when water glasses were empty, used plates sat on the table for long periods, and we were left trying to find staff for requests and even to order. Entrees were served 1.5 hours after appetizers. Coffee was served 15 minutes after dessert arrived. Dinner took 3 hours, overall. We didn't mind the long meal because we were socializing in our group, but everyone definitely noticed how long things were taking and the poor timing. The two tables next to us also had issues with the service and we could hear them discussing it, including one of the tables being dramatically overcharged.
The food was excellent. Every single bite was fantastic, especially the yellowtail crudo and the veal/lamb meatballs. Cocktails are creative and tasty. The wine list is unique and surprisingly affordable with excellent choices for wine by the glass. By the end of the night, we were talking about the service and not the food, though.
Mora is most likely a decent place to grab an appreciable meal when you can afford the time and are looking for creative twists on traditional Italian food, but they don't appear capable of handling a group.
Good food, but horrible service was there for a birthday and it took over 3 hours for us to finally get out of there. Waiter never brought our drinks we always had to ask where they were and forget about refills. The restaurant was so hot we were sweating as we ate. But the worst was the service we didn’t even bother ordering dessert because it would have been another hour before we got it.
Went to celebrate receiving an award and was very pleased! Great food! Had salad and polenta with mushrooms and bacon-outstanding. Had the chef special pomodoro which was amazing and rigatoni with sausage. Great wine and plenty of food to take home. Service was outstanding. We will be back.
We had our office dinner at MORA tonight. This was the first time that I had eaten here. The food, service, and atmosphere was excellent. I was also greeted by the General Manager who I know from a previous restaurant he worked at which made me feel very confident that this was a top notch restaurant.
Servers were friendly but SLOW. We sat on the patio and when we needed something no one was around to help us and it took awhile to get drinks and our entrees took 20+ minutes to come out and our server never acknowledged how long it was taking to get our food or our drinks
The appetizer was wonderful (fritters). My husband's salad was good. I got the pasta pomodora since it was their signature dish and it was not great. Our food took quite a long time to get to us, but our WONDERFUL waitress brought us a delicious pudding on the house.
Went with some good friends on the recommendation of a local foodie who said the owner is a celebrity chef. The evening was so much fun. The place is beautiful with great energy. The service is attentive but not overbearing. We ordered the pasta pomodoro, which is the house specialty, and couldn’t believe such a simple dish could be so amazing. We also tried one of the other pastas, one of the pizzas and the arugula salad. All superb—fresh and flavorful. We were too full for dessert but the desserts looked really inventive. Tried an amaro digestif. We had never heard of amaro (and there probably could have been a bit more info about the amaro drinks on the menu) and discovered it was a lovely way to end a meal. Can’t wait to go back.
Great dinner but the service was rushed. Server asked what we would be drinking with dinner right after giving us our apps, which should have been a warning, since our entrees landed before we were done with appetizers so there was hardly room on the table. The waitress was unapologetic until I pointed out the fact that we weren't done with the apps yet. For as much as we spent (two rounds of drinks, apps, entrées) getting run out of the place didn't feel quite right.
Service was haphazard and disorganized. Multiple servers involved which typically would be good, last night not so good. Multiple items forgotten, delivered out of sequence. In the end with tip, $400 for 4 people One experience does not make a restaurant good or bad, but for me probably won't return.At that price near perfection would be the norm.
Dinner was incredible. Our waiter, Victor, was fun and smart and extremely knowledgeable about the menu. We had lots of check-ins from both him, as well as managers stopping by. As always, the polenta was completely sublime. We tried the heirloom tomato salad, which reminded us why we enjoy tomatoes. The pomodoro pasta is ridiculous. I referred to it as "f'ing witchcraft" because it just tasted so good. And for those that don't know, the Mora sundae is the perfect ending of a meal; not heavy, layered flavors, the right amount of sweet and rich. I can't wait to go back.
We went for my adult daughter's birthday. When we got there about 20 minutes before our reservation, there was a little line and no one to greet us. We decided to use the restroom first, there were five individual small bathrooms, two for men and three for women. I would have liked to see automatic soap and towel dispensers in addition to the automatic flush. In this day and age, that should be a given. We then waited again in line to be seated and we were seated right away. The restaurant is very pretty and quite big. Our reservation was for outside and we were seated in the indoor part that was close to the outside and that was great. The bar area there was quite noisy but not too loud. We were not acknowledged by our waitress for a good 10 minutes. I have walked out of a place for being ignored too long. Perhaps communication between the person that seats people and servers should be increased. The server was very nice
but not aware that we were there for a birthday. I did tell her though. Food came out fast and was very good. My daughter had the snow cone drink and it was really a snow cone. Once all that ice melted, she found the drink too watered down. For my daughter's birthday the waitress brought us a desert with cheese cake, sherbet and raspberries and that was delicious. We saw Scott Conant zoom by. It would have been great had he come by and just wish my daughter a happy birthday. Oh well.
While the spot has a great feel and the service was appropriate for this type of restaurant I was disappointed with the food. The lamb loin was all about the Meyer lemon puree. Totally overtook any lamb flavor. The pork chop Milanese was over the top with mustard seed crust and was over cooked (it was somewhat juicy perhaps because it had been appropriately brined but was totally gray throughout the way pork used to be over cooked by most folks years ago). The meatball app was good but $12 for three meatballs less than the size of a golf ball left me wanting better value. The $20 spaghetti which is to small for an entree so we had it as an app was delicious indeed. I was reminded of the $5 milkshake in Pulp Fiction because “it was a pretty F***ing good” dish of spaghetti. But in 1994 that $5 milkshake was underpriced compared to that spaghetti serving. Interesting wine list seemingly not as overpriced as some of the food. If I was local I might go back and sit at the ample bar with several TVs and get a few glasses of wine with some cheese and salumi and see if that works.
Food was mediocre. After wanting to dine there after a good review I read, I was dissapointed. The scallops were good, thought not great for the $$. Beets were good with the exception of what was supposed to be marscipone cheese on top, which tasted like and had the mouth feel of whipped butter which made my stomach turn. Pasta was too aldente, could of used an additional minute of cooking. Over all bill $77 without cocktails and tip for two. Ambiance was good for the younger crowd, I could see going back for drinks at the bar, but not dinner. Large party having dinner were extremely loud, by no fault of the restaurant.
Reservations made a month in advance for indoors...seated outdoors. We were moved quickly to a nice indoor table. Indoors or out the restaurant is very bright with just voice level, but it was expected. The bruschetta boards were well done and very delicious. The pasta and pork chop were also very yummy. However, the Orata was over cooked, as was the lobster with the Gnudi. After the after dinner cocktail was brought, along with the check, the espresso order was forgotten. Service is not professional and sporadic. Sigh. All in all a good evening, however.
Came here for dinner last night with my husband to celebrate our anniversary. I want to start off by saying that our server was 5/5 and our food was also excellent! But we'll get to that.
The reason for only 3 stars was because they seated us in the bar. I honestly wouldn't have minded had we walked in, but when someone makes a reservation a few weeks in advance and lets them know it's their anniversary, they do not want to be seated in a loud bar with music, tv's blaring and people standing around your table. Please take note, hostesses.
I can't remember our servers name, but he was perfect. We started with the bread board which was delicious! My husband then ordered the Strozzapretti (duck ragu) which we both loved! I, then ordered the Veal & Pork meatballs and Burrata. Both were absolutely delicious. The server and delicious food made up for our complete and total lack of ambiance. But next time, I will ask to not be seated in the bar.
A remarkable meal! Some of the best service and food I’ve ever had. My server, Mike, was funny and charming. He offered insightful advice about the menu throughout my whole meal. True to the Scott Conant reputation, the food was incredible. I highly recommend giving Mora a try and will certainly return myself!