Mora Italian

4.7
1203 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.



Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Italian, Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
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Phone number
(602) 795-9943
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Scott Conant
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Cross street
Montebello
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet Parking as well as Street Parking on E. Montebello Ave.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1203 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Toledo
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Vacation, so glad we came. The burrata and budino were fabulous.

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

Food was disappointing. Didn’t live up to the hype.

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ML
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal. Lots of variety and great service.

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

Our first time at Mora and will not be the last! Excellent eggplant anti pasta and the pasta is homemade and outstanding. Good cocktails and wine selection!

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L
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had focaccia (dry, cold and hard), I wish they could have just brought a bread basket. We had amazing polenta and really excellent pasta palmedoro. Lobster pearls were light and fluffy. The wait staff was very attentive.

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LW
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What's not to amore? Uniquely superb food within a creative menu. Homemade pasta divine. Totally impressed, will return. Special attention when it counts.

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GL
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.
Our second experience- even better than the first.
By the end of the dinner, Jordon, our waiter, was part of the family!!
I had read a review on line that Mora was rated the #1 Italian restaurant in Arizona. Our waiter was pleasantly surprised but was not aware of the distinction.
We look forward to returning- my wife is a chef and when she ‘raves’, it’s gooood !!!

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K
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

I selected Mora for my 1year wedding anniversary dinner. Food was on point however service was not, but the waitress attempted to recover. The reservation was at 6:30 and a manager took our drink order. Another server took our order at 7:00 after we asked the waitress if she could ask ours to come over. Our appetizer was delivered at 7:15. The waitress did come over and apologize however frustration occurred when we noticed the tables next to us received their appetizer and meals. The restaurant did give us a complimentary desert for our anniversary. Food was good, would I go back, sure.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Service started off not great for being first timers. After checking in we were called and walked to a table seated then told it was meant for someone else. The person who told us just walked away and We were just left standing oddly as they grabbed the correct couple a seated them. Reservation was for inside, we were then placed on the patio and I was not dressed appropriately for the cooler evening. Had to ask three times for fireplace to be turned on to make the patio tolerable. The food however was amazing, and the server we ended up with had a great personality and did a great job.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Front door hospitality weak unpolished
Same as past visits

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 23rd anniversary at Mora. I had wanted to dine here since it opened, so I made the reservations for my husband and I. It was everything I hoped it would be and more!!! From the atmosphere to the amazing food...it was such a great dining experience! Our waiter, Mikael, was professional, friendly, helpful, with a good sense of humor. It was a perfect way to celebrate our anniversary. We definitely won’t wait this long to come back!

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EL
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried the tasting menu ...best decision ever. We will return

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner with a friend visiting from DC. We were celebrating 20 yrs of friendship. The staff was super friendly and the food was delicious. The only negative was I didn’t get to meet Scott Conant but hopefully there will be a next time! 😊

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great and the gave us free champagne for our anniversary!

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Food was so so. We had to return the bolognese balls app coz it was bland and no flavor whatsoever.

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PD
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The appetizers were fantastic but beware, the kitchen doesn’t have ketchup for those crispy potatoes!
Lobster gnudi was incredibly delicious but the lamb loin was way WAY too salty, and it was tough. We would have done five stars but the lamb was almost inedible and we took 95% of it home to the dog.

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

Went there for my birthday and as always the food was excellent as was the service! Jordan recommended an incredible bottle of wine and was very friendly!

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CI
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the energetic feel. Great ambience and creative, delicious food and drinks!
I also loved the color and decorative scheme throughout the restaurant! Very classy!

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m
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Service, Food and Atmosphere is Excellent!!

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S
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, service fantastic

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JM
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Large groups should order the Mora sampling menu. Great way to experience the flavors from start to finish. Great server suggestion.

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JW
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Chef’s creations were delicious! Highly recommend.

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CC
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great experience!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always get the pasta pomodoro & focaccia di reccho. Sooooo good!!!!
Never have had a bad meal here!
Our servers have always been very nice.
Definitely recommend this restaurant

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GP
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have become almost regulars here. The service is always excellent and the food has to be among the best in the Valley. Try the polenta and frito misto appetizers. For the dinner all the choices are excellent, but the scallops, lamb loin, and striped bass are standouts.

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SR
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I dined at Mora Italian for our 50th wedding anniversary. The food was excellent and the service outstanding.

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T
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Just a lovely night with my husband. Food was delicious!

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SS
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were there for a special event with Chef's Conant and Samuelsson. The food was absolutely excellent! Scott and Marcus were excellent hosts. Service was a good cadence for the courses and pairings. We found the pairings to be interesting and the wines accessible. I have yet to patronize Mora Italian on a non-special event night, but I can whole-heartedly endorse the place based on what I ave experienced during special events.

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JS
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went to a dinner with Chef Conant as well as Chef Marcus Samuelson - both chefs mingled and allowed us to go on and on about how we loved their food. Well prepared, delicious food with interesting wine pairings. One course was a little off the mark, but overall amazing

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FA
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Am in contact with Mora as my comments are directly in relation to a private dinner, not general dining.

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KF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is AMAZING. Totally worth the price. We went to the special 5-course dinner hosted by Scott Conant and Marcus Samuelson. Delicious food and wine, great company, and it was nice that the chefs interacted with the guests.

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L
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently fabulous! Food wise, atmosphere wise, and full of charm. Great happy hour offerings too. And the special events are spectacular.

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OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food with fresh ingredients!

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MM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went Tuesday, October 30th, 2018, with our daughter and some friends from Northern California. We decided to try the Tasting Menu. We were so happy with our meal, the service, the wine and the bar drinks. The food was so amazing and plentiful! One of our favorite tastings were the salads! As beautiful as they were delicious. This was our third visit to Mora and we'll be back! One of these times we hope Chef Scott will be on site!

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KF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The unprompted bday dessert was a nice touch. Food was excellent. It’s a pricey-ish, worth it though.

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DB
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Mora many times. They never disappoint. Scott Conant's menu and cuisine is superb every time. The staff is incredibly attentive and fun. We keep inviting other friends to join us each visit. It's worth it.

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WI
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely place. Everything ordered was excellent. Definitely a place to return.

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LL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended by a friend and it was outstanding. Michael was our server and he was excellent!

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YR
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Mora with my husband and another couple. The entire dining experience was exceptional! Our waiter was very professional and informative. My husband mentioned that my sister knew Lance and to say hello. Then Lance came to our table and was very gracious and went into detail about the menu.

It was so nice that he took the time and we didn't feel like just another 4 top. All the entrees were exceptional and fresh with such great flavor. I now claim Mora as my favorite Italian restaurant . The decor and ambiance only added to our whole night.

Thank you Chef Conant for bringing this gem to the valley, and thanks to the back and front of the house staff. Can't wait to return!

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JL
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Very good food, always is. The seating is a challenge if you don’t like to be on top of your neighbor.

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