Mora Italian

4.6
1034 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
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**SPECIAL EVENT JUNE 27th - Tomato Wine Dinner with Scott Conant, Carl Seacat from Seacat Gardens, Dario Soldan from Classico Wines and Tracy Dempsey of Tracy Dempsey Originals. Ticket price $95 ++ per person

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
Christmas Eve
Sun 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Christmas Day- closed
Mon 3:00 pm–3:15 pm
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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
1,034 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
74%
Very Good
17%
Good
7%
Fair
2%
Poor
0%
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
5.0Dined 3 days ago

Absolutely phenomenal experience. Professional service, excellent food, wonderful wine. My fiance and I spent all day with a sick animal and this meal revived us. Thank you to the impressive team.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

If you want to leave completely happy, taste buds begging for more, and perhaps a bit boozy, go for the tasting menu and opt for the wine pairing. Who needs heaven when you have five well prepared courses with perfect wine choices? Bliss = Mora.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Outstanding food and service. The menu has something for everyone and the desserts were awesome. Chef Scott C. has knocked it out of the park with this Italian restaurant! Honestly the best pasta dish I’ve ever had!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Food was great as well as service. The Florentine steak was incredible.

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CC
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

It was my husband and I’s second time going to this restaurant and I was just as pleased the second time around as I was the first. Definitely get the Pomodoro it’ll be worth your while! the polenta was pretty good also! Overall the dining experience was great and the service was awesome. I highly recommend this place!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Fantastic food and drinks! Each dish was better than the rest. Service was a bit slow but very friendly and accommodating. We will absolutely be back.

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We’ve been to Mora several times and always had a wonderful experience. The beginning of tonight’s experience was no different. The drinks, food, and service were great! We finished our meal around 9:30 and each had a glass of wine left. We definitely were interested in dessert and an after dinner drink. The remaining bartender literally ignored us for 25 minutes. She did not make eye contact or even come to our area of the bar top. When I finally flagged her down to request a dessert menu she told me the kitchen was closed ... it was 9:55pm on a Saturday night with a busy dining room. Then we waited at least another 20 minutes for a check while she alternated between doing the glassware and spending time on her cell phone. We finally flagged her down again and she just grabbed our card and ran the payment. No apologies, no thank yous. Terrible service to the point I’ll probably never be back... then again, everyone else was great. Too bad one employee can torpedo a hard-won reputation so callously.

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Our experience was mixed for Mora. The food was amazing but our experience with the staff was less than stellar. We ordered the focaccia, which was tasty! My husband had the Rigatoni Verde which he enjoyed and I had the Lobster Gnudi, which was quite delicious. We shared the Chocolate and Orange Zeppole for dessert - would pass on those in the future. They were dry and kind of heavy.

The hostess was short with us when we arrived and we were seated after our 8 pm reservations. We were seated in a cramped section of the restaurant - clearly the tables were not arranged back in their proper places since we had light on only half the table and we were way closer to our neighbors than anyone was comfortable with.

The The server was not attentive, all and all the meal took almost 2 full hours. I don’t like being rushed when I’m dining but we were definitely waiting on him a lot. We ordered drinks and the bread and he did not come to take our order until we had received and finished both. Did not stop by the check on our meals or ask if needed anything. Had to ask for refills and water several times.

My husband and I agreed we would go back but definitely not for an intimate date night we had hoped this would be.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Extremely impressed with Mora. The food was beyond incredible, the drinks were great and ambiance was perfect for a Saturday date night with my Fiancé. Will definitely be back.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Food was delicious! From the starters to salads to pastas and dessert...amazing! Service was incredible too. Highly recommend.

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M
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We eat here often and it was great. There was only one small issue with my husband's meal and we mentioned it and they took care of us right away. It's great food, great service and atmosphere. This is one of our favorite places to go.

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OT
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Been here a number of times since opening. Great food.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

We enjoyed the pizza, octopus, and bruschetta appetizers, along with arugala, radicchio, and gem salads, that the six of us shared. The fresh greens were seasoned perfectly. Our pasta dishes, (lamb ragu, and porcini mushroom) were good...a bit too al dente and starchy, to say great. The pork chop was outstanding, the best meal of the six! We are definitely planning to return. Our server, Mikhail,was most attentive, and his suggestion for the Super Tuscan wine was wonderful. Our tab was pricey, but was one of the better meals we have had in the Valley in awhile.

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MM
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

We were at Mora Italian to celebrate our 49th wedding anniversary! The bar manager, Nate was so kind to us. When he found out it was our special day he treated us like celebrities! Treated us to our first round of drinks and continued to check on us through dinner! The service and food were spectacular. Nate even met us at the door as we were leaving to say goodbye! We will definitely keep this gem of Phoenix as a very special place for us!

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Our 35th wedding anniversary was the occasion we celebrated at Mora. All of our food was delicious, from the bread board, chilled tomato soup, and roasted cauliflower to the black campanelle pasta, fetuccine with mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, and summer pea risotto. The vermentino wine was so crisp and citrusy and paired beautifully with our meals. The Mora sundae was presented to us as a complimentary anniversary treat, and the raspberry sorbet and berry topping was the best I've ever had. I had ordered the budino as my dessert, and it was spectacular, but both were so delicious I couldn't choose a favorite.
I love almost everything about Mora, except perhaps the noise level and the chairs. At my age I prefer softer sounds and softer seats.

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EV
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

We found the restaurant on Open tables top 100 list. We had a birthday to celebrate. Our server was fabulous and helped us with everything. He gave us suggestions and helped us pick out the best dishes working around our needs. The place was adorable and it was full of people talking and enjoying themselves! Food was very different and really good! Also a great wine selection!

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Absolutley loved every dish we ordered. The mushroom fettuccini add on shrimp was beyond my expectations. We also ordered the endive salad and the lobster pasta 👌🏻 I’ll definitely be recommending this beautiful restaurant to my friends and family. Well done!

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3.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Great ambience and lively vibe of a restaurant. Tables were too close. Noisy!
Great Caesar salad! The clam pasta was too salty and very small amount of clams in the ink pasta. Cauliflower side was over spiced.
Should have ice in the water flasks. Water tasted flat in room temperature.

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N
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Wonderful modern Italian cuisine! Very kid friendly and staff was amazing!

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JI
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

met all my expectations and then some!
Food was creative and on time, wait staff friendly, wine list very attractive.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The bread here is amazing! Worth the trip alone. We were seated immediately, service was attentive and quick, food is excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Excellent, knowledgeable & friendly service. Food was outstanding am craving the pasta. Love food that is of great quality portions were spot on. Love it will be back!

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JC
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

We have been wanting to visit Mora since it opened and had the opportunity to visit with a wine and tomato dinner...the food was terrific, the wine paired well, the staff was wonderful and Mr. Conant was incredibly approachable and very pleasant. We have already spoken with friends and plan to revisit Mora's in the near future. Well worth the drive (about an hour each way from our residence). Outstanding job....could not be more pleased.

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LD
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

The food was outstanding, the wines varied and delicious and the service exceptional.

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O
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Tomato wine dinner
Everything was good nothing too great except maybe fish dish. Lots of fun and staff was nice. The noise level was sky hi.

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m
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Food was great, service was excellent

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JS
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Everything was exceptional! Love the ambulance and our waitress was a delight. Very tentative but not over barring.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Our second time and both visits were a great experience. Staff is accommodating, friendly and attentive. Food is outstanding. The meatball app is addictive. There is a reason the pasta pomodoro is the chefs signature and I gladly pay $19 for a simple pasta dish - it is just amazing! The sides are all fabulous but the beets stand out. Our group of four all had something different and everything was excellent. Save room for the Salted Carmel Budino - it was the crowing jewel to end a wonderful meal.

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LF
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

We've made several visits to this restaurant since it opened. We enjoy the food, service and ambiance.

Great bar for before or after dinner drinks. Will visit again and would recommend.

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CT
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Scott Conant did not disappoint with this fresh, unique take on Italian, while still remaining true to the authentic backbone of this beloved countries cuisine.
Ambiance was fabulous and vibrant, rife with anticipatory excitement. Service was top notch, and the flavors(!) my gosh the flavors!!! Bravo Scott!

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Not so impressed with this restaurant as I was expecting more.
Service was very mediocre Ava server lacked passion and enthusiasm for his job or product. Service was up to par with Applebee’s.
Ordered the meat and cheese board and was very impressed by the selection and I was hoping for a quick explanation of the feast once dropped off and we were left to guess and reach back to our menus for reference.
Bruschetta was cut awkwardly as I find that extremely annoying when recklessly cut in two uneven pieces while you struggled to cut appropriately yourself with a knife.
Ordered the “wood fired” prawns and a disappointment was an under-estatement. Lacked basic seasonings and flavors and was hoping for grilled wood fired prawns instead of steamed over pasta.
Pasta is hand down the best thing they do and highly recommend the meaty Torchio pasta with sausage.
Least to be said I won’t be going out of my way to go back any time soon.

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Very trendy, contemporary decor but so noisy and didn't care for the music. Good, friendly service. We really liked the desserts and the grilled octopus appetizer, but the entrees were just okay and quite expensive for what amounts to a "small plate". We would go back for happy hour, but probably not for dinner.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Love the restaurant just wish they went lighter on the salt.
My husbands pork chop was very salty and the misto fritto was almost inevitable. The food is really good but next time going to tell them light on salt. Think Scott should try the food and I am sure he would agree!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Mora's is a great dining experience. The menu options and all the food we've had there have been terrrific. Most of the main entrees are a little pricey, but the pasta dishes are extremely good! All of the servers that we've have there have been terrific! They are very knowledgeable regarding the entire menu and appear to be very wine savvy. The only downside to Mora's is that the seating is very crowded. Except for a few options the tables are so close together to be almost communal. If the food wasn't so good, that would be a non-starter for us.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

We stuffed ourselves filled with the bread cart, ricotta fritters and antipasto salad for starters! Then enjoyed fettuccine, risotto and the shareable steak for dinner! Went out with a total of four people so we just shared around the table! Food was fantastic and the restaurant is decorated very nicely but it was VERY loud in there, especially near the bar where we were seated.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Food was awesome! Clean simple fresh! Wine was fun and different and service was perfect!

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SV
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

It was our first time visiting Mora and it was great. We had seen the tasting menu option on the webpage and our server was very knowledgable in this option. He explained the different options and along the courses, explained the meals to us. The food was fantastic. From the appetizer to the dessert, it was definately worth the price and a great way to taste different things on the menu. Since one of the great things Mora does is change their menu to reflect the season and ingredients, it could change but our menu included lamb meatballs, 3 pastas including the to-die-for squid ink seafood pasta. That one will honestly change your standard of pasta for ever, especially with it being house made. I highly recommend Mora, for while it was high priced, there was no such thing as a bad bite for us.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

We love Mora! Took friends that have never been there and the fell in love as we have...

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OT
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Excellent contemporary Italian food. Modern twist on old favorites and new items as well. A great Scott Conant experience.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Great food!!

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