Pomodoro Italian Grill & Seafood
From the Pizzicata family, a new-aged Italian restaurant located in the old Cartwright’s building in the heart of Cave Creek. Grazie.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
The Pomodoro lacked in robust flavor. But that’s minor to all the positives.
Pomodoro is an intimate spot to grab some authentic
Italian food, pasta, and accompanying drinks at an
affordable price. Great spot for dinner with a few friends
or a date!
Pomodoro offers traditional Italian food - lots of fresh
We started with the caprese di bufala ,which featured fresh, crisp,
tomatoes - exactly what you'd expect from a bufalo mozzarella.
I ordered the butternut squash ravioli and was not disappointed.
The sauce was great and the mixture inside the
pasta was unique and filling.
My partner ordered the veal parmigiana dish and loved it.
Dietary: Plentiful vegetarian options and gluten free
options (lots of pasta).
Pomodoro has a great selection of cocktails and wines.
My partner tried the Italian Spritz, a refreshingly light
cocktail which was nice. I tried the special of
the evening: a smoked Negroni which I loved
despite not typically loving the taste of Campari.
The waiters were very helpful and attentive. They even
noticed my partner and I joking about who was going to
ask for more bread and brought more without us saying
anything. Lovely people!the owners are even better,we met Federico and Viola(chef)
Reservations recommended.There was no wait for us
with a reservation on a Saturday evening,but the restaurant was packed.
This place had a great vibe,super service and amazing food!
Would definitely return
Great meal with family celebrating our anniversary! Food was great, as was the service. Nice spot to dine in Carefree.
Pomodoro is an exceptional restaurant. The service and ambience are outstanding. The food is beyond compare. Pasta is homemade and delicious. We had pasta Pomodoro, tuna steak, chicken marsala, and appetizers. Everything was delicious.
Great setting. Emily was a fantastic server. Very personable and made our night very enjoyable. Food was just okay.
We very much enjoyed our meal on thanksgiving! Food was great! Staff was amazing! Highly recommend.
Amazing meal and ambience!
The Owners and Manager of Pomodoro were very attentive and friendly!
Food and service were very good. Had the sea bass (excellent) and tried the pasta which was also very good. The bar area was very inviting, but the dining room looked a little tired.
Pricing seemed a bit on the high end of expectations.
Great food! Impeccable service by Emily! I had the pork shank, My dining partner had the chicken piccata, which she let me sample. Best picatta I have ever tasted. Pork shank large and very tasty.
The service was absolutely fantastic. Salads and apps were great. The pasta dishes that had tomato sauce just seemed not robust - like it was put together quickly. Pasta is definitely chewy as it’s homemade but I’d like it cooked for longer. Great wine list.
My FAVORITE Italian restaurant .
I think about this meal often and it's prob cause I'm a sucker for carbs and pasta. Every appetizer and pasta we had was just so good,
I didn't just have one favorite dish cause I enjoyed them
all. We started off with a bottle of Chianti and Even though the restaurant was busy, the service was excellent and the food came
out at very reasonable times. All of the staff were
extremely kind as well-kudos to the hosts, bartenders and
all the wait staff!
For our apps, we ordered zucchini flowers and
Caprese with mozzarella di bufala. The Zucchini flowers were so tasty and The mozzarella di bufala was so fresh.
Main course :
1) spaghetti chitarra alla carbonara: guanciale, black
pepper, egg, Parmesan.
It was the best carbonara I've had outside of Italy. Simple but you could tell it was high quality ingredients.
2) short rib ravioli : the braised beef was so tender.
just love a good tomato based pasta so no complaints
about this one.
3) Ravioli tartufo: black truffles, butter and Parmesan
DROOL it was such a generous amount of black truffle. I
found myself basically licking the plate cause it was that
4) gnocchi squid ink frutti di mare:: squid ink gnocchi with shrimp, calamari,claims , and mussels with tomatoes cooked in a
white wine sauce. If you love seafood this is a must!!!
I can’t wait to come back
Rating would be higher but the service was terrible (very slow). It took 15 minutes for them to take our beverage order. We ordered a bottle of wine and that took another 25 minutes before it was brought to our table. When we asked the waitstaff on why it was taking so long--he was very rude and proceeded to slow it down even more.
They made our anniversary very special!
I would recommend Pompodoro to my friends. Friendly atmosphere, attentive staff,knowledgeable waiter.
All the entrees served to our table of four were delicious and plentiful as several friends took home the rest.
I will be back!
Loved the food and the service was great. Highly recommend.
Veal was outstanding service great Been here 3x always great
5 stars for food, 5 stars for service, 5 stars for ambience, and 5 stars for PRICE. We ordered so much food and had 2 bottles of
wine, and the tab was still way under what we expected it
Cured meat and cheese (5/5, hard to mess up a charcuterie
board)we got mortadella, prosciutto di parma,felino, robiola bosina,burrata,kalamata olives ,nuts ,pecorino romano ,artichoke and marmalade.
cesar salad (5/5) - solid cesar, the dressing wasn't too
salty or sour.
Zucchini flowers (5/5) - we enjoyed this dish,it did
Tagliatelle bolognese (5/5) - if you like bolognese, you'll
Fettucine tartufo (5/5) - black truffle... enough said!
ravioli short rib (5/5) - by far this was everyone's favorite dish of the night! The sauce was incredible and the ravioli was cooked perfectly.
Mediterranean Salmon (4/5) - this was a pretty large portion of
salmon. It's hard not to like salmon.
Tiramisu (5/5) - hands down the best tiramisu I've ever
We will definitely be back and we recommend for a date night choice!
"Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a 5 star rating - it's much appreciated!"
Gosh, I am still dreaming about this meal here.
I came here one evening with my fiancé and my cousins
before a night on the town. I had made reservations
through Open table.
Upon our (on-time) arrival, we still had to wait approx. 10
minutes for a table... but boy was it worth it.
The bread served with the olive oil was fantastic.
the calamari and shrimp : superb.
I ordered the fettuccine with lobster... Dude! My mouth is still watering The pasta
was al dente and perfectly coated with the delicious lobster sauce . Every one else with was thrilled about their meals
too! My fiancé had the shrimp linguine , and my cousins
had ravioli short rib . They couldn't get over
how good everything was either. Even though we were
stuffed, we still decided to order Tiramisu and boy were
we glad we did because whoa.
The ambiance of this place is positively romantic. This is
definitely a place you'd want to do a birthday, anniversary,
or family dinners at. It fits the bill for everything!
Our server Chris was the best. He had the best
recommendations and such a wonderful personality. He
put the whole experience over the top.
Best Italian restaurant ever!!
"Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a 5-star review." We are pleased to hear the details of your dinning experience!
Terrible. Way overpriced for value. Service poor. Took 30 min to get Ice cold bread not Even fresh. Portions minute. Very little sauce or meat. Most disappointed- do not waste your money.
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Food was yummy! Had Chilean sea bass which was delicious. Husband had short rib ravioli which he also raved about. Owner came around checking on everyone’s table. Very friendly. He filled us in that they also own Pizzacata which is our favorite place for pizza in the area.
“We are so grateful for your 5-star review. Thanks for sharing your rating with us and the community.”
I'm not sure why it took me so long to visit Pomodoro , but
I'm so glad I did and I can't wait to go back!
We were in Cave Creek for my husbands birthday and since Italian is our go to cuisine for celebrations, we were looking for good Italian
restaurants in the area. This caught our eye and despite
being a little more expensive than what we'd normally go
to, we decided on this place because it was a special
occasion.After the hostess seating us ,we were asked for our drink preferences and they also brought out a basket of homemade bread with excellent olive oil.
For the wine we got a Napa
red which paired amazingly with the outstanding Fettuccine bolognese and short rib ravioli.
Amazing service by the host & waiter. Food was amazing. I
enjoy going to upscale restaurants to try out their food
and Pomodoro was 10.0/ 10.0.
I would come back again & would recommend to anyone who enjoys quality italian food.
They also got
us complimentary Cannolis on the house when I told
them it was my husbands birthday! After dessert we were
offered a taste of their house limoncello and we were
Overall, it was a great experience and very good food!
“Thank you so much for your 5-star review! We will share this with the store team to let them know to keep up the amazing work.”
There is a certain element that is obvious when dining at a restaurant. Either there is attention to detail, or there isn't. My experience Pomodoro was nothing short of excellence.
I had the Veal scallopini paired with home made spaghetti carbonara with truffles. This dish was better than when I had it in Italy!
Following a recent trip to Italy, I wanted to feel "Italy"
again. So my coworkers and I decided to go here for
We ordered drinks and saw they had
Carpaccio Di Bresaola on the menu which I had in Italy. It
didn't disappoint. The drinks were unique as well. Service
was attentive and dining area is lovely. The owner also
checked on us.
Than I ordered spaghetti carbonara…wonderful!
If you're craving authentic Italian, this is the place when
you're In Cave Creek
“We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us a 5-Star review.”
A dinner for 3 was ok - nothing special, but adequate. They do have an interesting wine list.
“We set a high standard for ourselves, and we’re so sorry to hear this was not met in your interaction with our business.”
Best service and amazing authentic Italian food. Fresh truffles on special menu
“We're happy to see that you had a 5-Star experience at Pomodoro . Thanks for sharing.”
The prices were quite high for the serving size. I ordered the pasta carbonara, which I have had many places including Italy, and it was nothing like what I expected. It was disappointing to say the least. The place is very pretty, but the conversation noise level makes it difficult to carry on a conversation.
“We’re so sorry that your experience did not match your expectations.”
Michael was total pro, fantastic food
“Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon.”
This was recommended by a italian colleague who is from Rome, needless to say more.
Truffle lovers...this is your restaurant!I ordered Ravioli with fresh truffle and burrata with prosciutto and truffle,both were outstanding. BEST Italian restaurant in the neighborhood,This place was such a gem! The food was amazing but the service was absolutely incredible.
“Thank you so much for taking the time to leave an excellent rating. We really appreciate your business. Please let us know what we can do for you in the future.”
Delicious Italian food that was the closest in taste to what I had in Italy just a few weeks ago! Boar ragu is not to be missed!
Chris our server was absolutely amazing! He made great recommendations and everything we had was amazing. Very satisfied customers because of the great food and fabulous service
Extremely disappointed. I ordered the veal tartufo with fettuccine which should have consisted of truffles, but rather tasted like mushrooms. Truffles have a very distinct taste and smell and this dish completely lacked all of that. Not only was it not truffles it was laden in grease and the fettuccine did not taste home made. When I told them I did not taste any truffles, the waiter apologized and the only thing they offered was complimentary limoncello. Do yourself a favor and pass on this one. Don’t waste your money or time. It’s outrageous that they think they can pass off mushrooms for truffles. Absolutely disgraceful.
Thank you for your review, I’m sorry to hear you had a frustrating experience. We always aim to deliver a great experience, and we are gutted when we don’t meet expectations. Thanks for taking the time to bring this to our attention. We will use the feedback to make us better and to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
Deliciously creative & healthy! Great wine selection too.
“The team here at Pomodoro are thrilled to receive such great rating, thank you.”
By far one of the most outstanding meals I’ve ever had in my life. Took my husband here for his 30th and the entire restaurant treated us like family to celebrate his birthday. The chef prepared such mouth watering central/northern Italian cuisine, we went back the following night to try the other dishes we didn’t get to the night prior. The Fettuccine with fresh shaved truffles was unreal! The chef came out and took the time to meet us and tell us about the dishes and where his inspiration comes from, which a lot of is from his family back home in Umbria.The ambiance and staff were some of the best I’ve ever experienced. I wish I could give this more than 5 stars because it deserves all of the stars! Highest recommendation for true authentic Italian cuisine.
"Thank you so much for this 5-star review. We really appreciate you being a customer and helping to share the word about us. We’re here for you anytime.”
Amazing Pasta and such a great ambiance.I made a reservation here because I heard great things about The restaurant .
The chef and the owner,husband and wife,are both from Italy.
To start,every table gets bread with olive oil.The olive oil was super flavorful and the homemade bread delicious!
I had the special truffle carbonara,hands down the best carbonara I ever had!the presentation was stunning and the flavor unbelievable!the black truffle was not only on top of the dish,but it was also incorporated in the sauce,which I found to be delish.
My husband ordered pappardelle with wild boar ragù ,the pasta was so unique and the sauce...He was speechless.
For dessert,we got tiramisu and Cannolis,both of which were to die for.If you are in the area,please try this place
“Thank you so much for this great 5-star review. We really appreciate your business and helping to share the word about Pomodoro."
Service was terrible, food was great
I’m so sorry. We’re normally known for our exceptional attention to detail, and we regret that we missed the mark. We have taken measures to improve our service to our customers. We hope you will join us again in the future.
Reservations for 22nd wedding Anniversary. Hostess said congratulations, server will have something special for you. Fast service initially, salad and drinks right away. Then….forgotten. No attempt to see if another round of drinks. Food took 40 minutes to arrive, then pasta was cold; but took another 10 for server to even check on us. He returned almost immediately with fresh hot pasta meal. I asked for extra toast for Cioppino. Got it with my last spoon of soup. And not that we cared; but server never offered “something special” for the occasion.
That said, the food was outstanding. Fresh, flavorful and unique flavors. Too bad it took so long.
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Service was very nice. The waiter was very encouraging about ordering different dishes and helpful with wine selections. Great cocktail list and my cocktail was really tasty and a different twist on a drink I’ve had many times. The squash blossom fritters were disappointing and I splurged on the truffle carbonara. Normally they put the truffle on table side so you really get the most fragrant experience. This came out with the truffles julienned and mixed in. There was no truffle scent or flavor - super disappointing. My friend had the lobster pasta and it was better. Everything came out warm but not hot. On the fence on whether I would go again.
Thank you for letting us know about this. Your feedback helps us do better. We are looking into this issue and hope to resolve it promptly and accurately. In the meantime, we welcome you to return and ask for Federico or Viola to ensure you have best experience dining in our restaurant.
What a find! The food was fabulous, pasta and bread made on premise daily. Excellent, fresh seafood too! Wait staff was attentive without being at the table too much! And the owner comes to greet your table and actually be concerned how your food was. A definite keeper
“Thanks for the 5-star review. The team at Pomodoro are thrilled you’re happy with your recent restaurant visit.”
We had reviewed the website and looked at pictures of the various menus items. We ordered two entrees that we had seen pictures of but found them to be woefully short of what we expected. My veal marsala had only one piece of meat while the picture shows two. The amount of sauce on my plate barely covered the meat, which left nothing for the nice pile of homemade noodles that I was given. Who wants to eat noodles without any sauce? $17 for a martini? This is not the Las Vegas strip. Also, my wife ordered an infused pasta plate with sausage. We both agreed that the amount of sausage was probably one half teaspoon. Very disappointing! We wish we had taken pictures of the contrast between the website and the food we were served but we did not go there expecting to be so disappointed. Not trying to make a scene or wreck someone elses night.
Thank you for posting a review and we’re sorry to hear that your experience was not up to standards. We would like the opportunity to earn your business in the future as we have made adjustments based on your review. Please ask for Viola or Federico the next time you dine with us.
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Pomodoro Italian Grill & Seafood is rated 4.3 stars by 378 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.