Mora Italian

4.6
1295 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary 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.



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JB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Mora Italian to celebrate 2 birthdays. The food and service were outstanding. We will return again soon to sample more of the menu.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful pastas and delicious sangria.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Service was impeccable. Food perfectly prepared. Waiter was knowledgeable and recommended the right wine.

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TC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was amazing, host was super friendly... the waiter not so much.

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PM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had two different pasta dishes. Both sauces had a depth of flavor, the pasta itself was outstanding. The veal and pork meatballs were amazingly light in texture (I have never been able to accomplish this at home)! An amazing wine list. Our server was knowledgeable about both the food and wine and explained both the dishes and wine we selected very well.

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PS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I had eaten at Mora before this visit and was excited to return with a group of friends. We were celebrating my friend's birthday and had brought a small cake, plates and utensils. When we asked the waiter if we could borrow a knife, he said there was a $25 cutting fee....and at that point he had already taken away our forks and knives and set out spoons. While it was nice that they gave a free birthday dessert, we were unable to celebrate and even cut our cake.

Another odd thing happened during our visit. Our waiter seemed very annoyed when we asked him to split the checks into three separate bills. He then also placed the appetizer on my bill (which I neither ordered nor ate) and explained that he did this because otherwise the other couple's bill would have been over $100...hmm okay. I didn't make a big deal about it because it's a small amount of money and I am happy to pay for my friends, just found it strange.

The food was yummy but there are plenty of good restaurants with good food and many other reviews add to mine that the service at Mora is below par.

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AJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The first time I went to Mora is was wonderful but I went the opening week so service was up to par. A few friends and I went this past weekend (2 years later) and the food was just OK. Definitely wasn’t worth how much we spent. The only food we did like was the Brussel sprouts...

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KD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and food was awesome! Our server was jordan and he was great! We will be back!!

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BD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing. I have been waiting to go here since it opened, but never had the chance. Glad I finally did. The food was great, our server was awesome, I got to sample a few different dishes. In fact, it was so good I'm salivating just thinking about it. I'm literally going to walk to my car, and go get another plate of Pomodoro right now.

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K
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Michael our server was trying to upsell us on every item. Sorry not paying $18 for a bread appetizer and he kept pushing us to get the octopus appetizer. It was tiny n lot of beans. Definitely not worth $18
Just seemed like a lot of the items were way overpriced

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SD
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent dinner and our waiter was very knowledgeable.

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LN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was good. The waitress was friendly but not very attentive. I didn't feel like out table was very important to her. For the amount of money you pay (for everything ) I would expect a lot more "wow" factor. Paying that much for food that was just good, along with an atmosphere that was just ok ( it felt like just about any other bar/restaurant) just was disappointing. We could have had just as good of a meal for a lot less at an Italian chain restaurant.

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GP
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal. Octopus and Shrimp appetizers were fabulous. The scallops were caramelized beautifully and tender. Special treat was the marscopon and frois gras.

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Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We are big fan's of Scott Conant because of Food Network, so wanted to try his restaurant, even though we live in Scottsdale, and it is a bit of a drive over to Phoenix. It was worth the trip!! The lobster gnudi was to die for, as was everything else. We still love Scott Conant, and would LOVE to see him open a place in Scottsdale!!!

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SI
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

This time the food was extraordinary and worth every penny. But then Monday night is more sane in this hot spot, than the Saturdays we've been there. However, again, our server was so sub-par that our appetizer-entree break was so fast that he missed it and we never did order the wine we wanted, because we never saw him again until our dinners were half finished. A quick desert, which was delicious (Budino) and then down the block for a cocktail. He also missed that, but the server who explained our choices was gracious and spot on. Our next time here we will insist a woman serve us, as they always get rave reviews.

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p
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AWESOME! Nothing more to say... just go and enjoy!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great! We really enjoyed the octopus dish And the dinner suggestions from the waiter. Great dinner!!!

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AZ
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a fantastic time. The food and the service were amazing. Will be returning very soon.

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GB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Decent place, we had a waiter which it had to be his first night, but he tried hard. It was very easy to tell that waiting tables was not going to be a job he excelled at.

We ordered a couple Martini’s to start the night. They were so small it was ridiculous. We judge a place by their cocktails especially Martini’s. One was half filled in a small glass, the other was a quarter filled. For $15.00/each we knew early on this was going to be a short stay for us. Also our son walked up to the bar and asked to change the TV to an NFL playoff game. He was rudely told by the Bartender that was not going to happen. In the meantime he changed 2 other TV’s not facing us to the game. We were able to see a western.

The food was o’k with very small portions and was at your table before the order was placed. Pizza was very average. This is the type of place that is all about turning tables and getting the food out as quickly as possible. We will never bother going back.

We had heard great things from some people, we totally had a different experience. Our reservation was for 6:15pm, we had the drinks, then an appetizer, then a pizza and pasta dish split by 3 of us and were paid and done by 6:55pm. Good Luck, you won’t be around long.

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T
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Newbies...great experience! There for my wife's birthday...no disappointments...this place is terrific...highly recommend...we will be back... The ambiance and the food are only upstaged by the service..wowza!

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday Dinner: Food is always amazing, server was great! Very impressed.

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

Mora is one of the most consistent and delicious restaurants in the Valley. We had the eggplant and grilled octopus appetizers and both were amazing. Even such a simple dish as the pasta Pomodoro was executed brilliantly. I'm a fan.

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KR
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

This was my second time here at Mora and I thought it again was a great place but this time the food just wasn’t as good as it was the first time. We got the scallops and the lobster gnudi. Scallops were nothing special. Gnudi was okay. Would go back though! Great service great wine list and their bread is fantastic.

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BB
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is absolutely excellent. Great location and awesome attentive service. Wine list could be better but it does have a few great international picks. We loved it.

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

The wait staff was professional and the food was delicious

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

10 year anniversary

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

Our waitress was wonderful and knowledgeable about the menu. Food was delicious except the Brussel sprouts had a lot of oil/grease and it was difficult to find the flavor of the Brussel sprouts. The rest of the food was great.

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j
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Food is very unique and service was great!

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

As deliciously tempting everything on the menu sounds, do yourself a favor and get the Pomodoro. There truly is nothing that could top it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious, very attentive server and relaxing atmosphere!

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M
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

MMMMMMM so good! I've been to Mora multiple times and never had a bad dish (and never had a bad wine for that matter too!). Love sitting at the bar, and the outdoor space is great as well. You pretty much cant go wrong!

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SS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We dined at Mora for New Years and it was delicious! The menu was fixed but there were so many great options to choose from. The PASTA AL POMODORO (which is on the regular menu) was amazing! We can't wait to go back and try more dishes!

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MB
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

New Years tasting menu and it was fantastic. We’ve been to Mora quite a few times but this meal was one of the best we’ve had there as it was a tasting menu and not their regular menu, it would not be beneficial to describe the dishes because they will probably not be available.

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AC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! Looking forward to coming again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughter’s birthday. It was our first visit. The food was outstanding as was the service. We will definitely be back.

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RV
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and even though a minor hiccup happened both server and management took care of it immediately. Food was delicious and our server Ann was amazing from start to finish!

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LC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were amazing as usual!

Botanista drink is superb- Tequila drink w a spice/kick of perfection- like a jalapeño kick but no jalapeño in it. Just so good!

Chefs Pasta - OMG!! Yes? Why get anything else?

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

The lightning was too dim. Even in the restroom, they might as well just turned off the lights.

However if you don’t mind LOUD LOUD LOUD, the food is to die for.

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SC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Mostly good experience. Was hoping for bread service or side salads with the meal considering what you’re paying. Food was rich with great flavors!

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SM
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very limited menu IMO. I have been there twice now, and I read the menu repeatedly trying to convince myself of what I should eat. I spent $108 the other evening for a meal that was filling yet lacking.

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