Mora Italian

4.7
1116 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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.
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Entertainment
Occaisional guest appearncce from local DJ"s that dig into the music of the Sinatra era and some local bands.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Erin our server fabulous as was GM Lance! Wonderful time and can’t wait to go back!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from our server Brian. He was attentive and warm...
Food was very good and good for the price point. I wouldn’t say the food “blew my mind” in its originality or flavor, BUT it was made with quality ingredients and was well prepared.
The restaurant decor is really fun and different and it was nice to see so many people dressed up for dinner on a Friday night.

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SA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our experience at Mora exceeded our expectations. The server was friendly, attentive and knowledgable. The beer and cocktails were great. The food was amazing. Dining at Mora helped to make my wife's birthday special.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I had a girls night out,we had a great time,food was nice,excellent service,highly recommend

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R
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Menu a bit different for an Italian restaurant...in a positive way. Our meals were excellent...adequate portions well prepared. The really small martini, with a big price tag, was disappointing however. Overall we will probably return, but no martini. CAUTION: 7th street between 4:00 and 6:00 during the week changes traffic flow. If you're going there from the north it is impossible to try and make a left turn into their parking lot. During those hours suggest one only approaches from the south.

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VI
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good and service was great as well. The staff are friendly

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OT
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly greeting. Wonderful service. Food was et. We love coming here for special occasions. This was for a birthday.

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MD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Will totally go there again very soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Roasted Squash antipasti was a pleasant surprise. The flavors were a delicious, beautiful combination. My pasta dish, a rigatoni verde, was like eating a salt block. My tongue was tingling in the worse way. Dessert and coffee were a wonderful end to a dinner that was worth the time yet had an excessive amount of salt, and I am someone who loves salty food.

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WG
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everyone enjoyed their dinner, but for some entrees, the portion size was on the small side. This was fine for us, but some may be looking for a little more on the plate. The wine list was great and reasonably priced. I will definitely return! :-)

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PB
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mora is my place to go when I want good food, nice atmosphere and good value

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OT
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service..... dined here twice on the same trip to Phoenix

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MA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Desert was only OK. Everything else was fantastic.

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A
Phoenix
36 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent! This was my second visit in a week!

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BH
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have a serious food crush on Mora's. My favorite restaurant in Phoenix.

My wife and I could share their bread board with spreads ($10 bargain), a couple pastas (all great... I love Fettuccine with Mushrooms - $19), and then share their Salted Carmel Desset ($8), any day of the week.

But I'm not sure I've had anything on their menu I didn't like.

For special occasions and big appetites, nothing beats their tasting menu with one entree ($68) for both variety and value, but everyone at the table has to participate.

Service is always exceptional... and I have high standards.

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RB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Terrible food! the zucchini was a terrible texture and needs to come off menu; corn soup had zero taste; burrata with tomatoes and peaches was a mess and peaches had no taste; tomatoes had too much vinegar .

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Phoenix
36 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third time at Mora and each experience has been better than the last In my humble opinion the best modern Italian food in Phoenix. Top five Restaurant overall in the valley

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LA
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We love the food and service was wonderful. We were celebrating our anniversary and were a little taken back when we leaned we would be sitting at a high top table across from the bar. It was very loud at points and people waiting for their tables at the bar kept bumping into my seat while trying to eat. It wasn’t idea for a romantic evening, but the food, wine and service really made the difference!

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DB
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food, large servings — my group was already full after splitting appetizers. Nice restaurant, great service. Only downside was it took forever to get our main courses, but at least gave us time to digest our massive appetizers. Highly recommended. One of the better spots in Phoenix.

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BH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New menu as phenomenal as the old one. Fine dining at its best.

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HR
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good Food, a bit too pricey, and way too noisy for my liking.

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Looking forward to going back and trying something new. We enjoyed the pasta and the unique ingredients used

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BW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was delicious. Server was very attentive and it was an overall great evening. It was fun to eat in a place owned by a Food Network star that we see on tv almost daily.

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GS
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

6 of shared 9 diffetent dishes. All were outstanding! Do not go there without trying the polenta.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food as always! Great drinks & great service!

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AG
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was very professional and personable. I liked the decor. Appetizers were good- interesting combinations in both the octopus and prawns. The halibut was very good. The star of the meal was dessert.....amazing!!

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PH
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

There is only one reason I'm not giving five stars, and that is because the pasta was undercooked. Both my husband and I chose pasta dishes, and they were not al dente, they were too chewy and almost pasty. Afterwards, heating up the leftovers at home, a minute in the microwave was perfect. Also, I thought the pasta pomodoro might actually have chunks of tomato and not just be pasta and sauce. But we didn't complain about it because it wasn't bad, just not as good as we expected. However, all the other food and drinks were amazing, and the server was perfect (I wish I remembered her name for a shout-out). She was attentive without being overbearing. My husband had the squid ink pasta with clams, and there was a bit of shell in his dish. The waitress apologized profusely and offered to bring another dish, then she had the manager come over to check and make sure he hadn't chipped a tooth, and then they comped our dessert! True service. We would definitely go back.

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K
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a great experience!
It didn’t start out well, as when I came in, we were early by 20 mins. I presented myself at the front counter and was told with an attitude, ‘your table will be ready nearer your reservation time of 7:30’. Hmmmm. Not a promising start.
We were offered a patio table at 7:26 and we took it.
Then we met the waiter! He was awesome. He made perfect suggestions when asked, he was personable, super timely and we had fun interacting with him. When asked what he liked on the menu, he made a few suggestions of what he liked and why. Perfect!
We then asked about the tasting menu and he said that was the way to go! So that’s what we did.
The highlights of the meal.....the first course of a super thin ricotta like pizza. OMG, this was perfect! Super thin and flaky pizza dough with a cheese inside topped by another super thin layer of dough, brushed with olive oil and salt. This was fantastic. The rest of the meal was mostly hits and some losses. Lived the burrata salad, the creamy polenta dish, and the signature pasta. Then really liked the salted caramel budino for dessert.
All in all, a great meal, made better by the fantastic waiter. Good job all!

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RP
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Nice ambience but that’s really the only positive part. Food seems very cheap for the price, and service fell extremely short. Server seemed very annoyed with her job and made our experience very uncomfortable which was a double negative being that we were there for a special occasion. Many restaurants nearby, will not be returning to this one.

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

Food was great! All our friends enjoyed everything we had! Delicious!

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Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Something is happening at Mora....and not in a good way. We noticed this on our previous visit, but it was more pronounced this time. Did management change? Did the chef change? The menu certainly did! No more of the wonderful antipasti salad. Our food was delivered warm, not hot. Were there not enough servers? Ours seemed to rush us. We reserved on the patio, which we've done before, but this time there were no misters or even fans running to keep it cool. Fans came on once we asked, but seriously, it was way too hot out there to enjoy our warm food. Very disappointing, as I raved about Mora to my out-of-town visitor prior to her sweaty experience on the patio. Bartenders seem to have less enthusiasm about the creative cocktails... and actually, we were ignored by a bartender on the previous visit while she chatted with another patron at the almost empty bar. We will return to Mora again, but Phoenix has plenty of other restaurants, and one of those will replace Mora as our go-to hot spot.

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TC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food I have had in AZ. Highly recommend this place.

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JG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service and food was outstanding. Can’t wait to take friends.

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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday, we had two appetizers and each had an entree and split a bottle of wine. Food was outstanding and service was excellent

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JL
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food as always. Took a while to get seated even with reservations. Others were seated prior to me even though I had been there and the reservations were the same time. The food is very good and service was impeccable.

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LM
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lamb pasta with fava beans was my choice and I was so happy I got it. I could taste the freshness.

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AT
San Joaquin
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I was recommended Mora by a friend. It’s far from my house, but I’m a fan of Chopped and was interested in what Scott Conant would do. I’m a fan of Flour + Water in SF and a little place called the Annex Kitchen in Fresno, so I have high expectations of fresh pasta. I was not disappointed with the pasta pomodoro. The radicchio and endive salad however was bland and to chunky. Dressing was not zippy enough to cut the bitterness of the radicchio. The grilled shrimp with ‘nduja butter was also surprising bland. We also had a sweet pea risotto which was tasty, but it was just a side. I guess from a celebrity chef I expected more. Not sure what is game worthy.

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New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gotta go...it was amazing. Everything was first-rate. Service was impeccable, notable wine list and the food was out of this world. Perfect portion sizes, great flavors. Would go often if I lived inPhoeniz.

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ST
Phoenix
50 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had never been to Mora but decided to try visiting for my husband's birthday. Scott Conant was familiar to us as we have seen him frequently on the Food Network. From our arrival to our departure, we felt welcomed and comfortable. We were seated in a raised area slightly away from the noise of the other diners. Every part of our dinner was truly memorable. Our waitress was cordial, knowledgeable and very unobtrusive. We never felt rushed throughout the meal. I noticed Scott in the room and he was kind enough to stop by our table and chat. The food was delicious and fresh and exceeded our expectations. They brought a complimentary dessert to my husband and it topped off a very special evening.

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R
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have wanted to dine at Mora for some time and finally went for my birthday celebration. It did not disappoint! We had a focaccia appetizer with a wonderful artichoke spread and octopus which was served with sausage and cannelini beans. The shrimp and clam pasta dishes were quite tasty. The salted caramel dessert was to die for. It was rich and topped with whipped cream. Mora is a beautiful restaurant with great service.

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