I just got back from Italy in October and while I was there I basically ate my way through Rome and the Amalfi Coast. So obviously, when I came back to Scottsdale I sought out those same flavors that made my time in Italy so romantic, memorable, and delicious! And I did find some of them, despite being landlocked in the middle of the desert.
So without further ado, here are my top choices for Italian food in Scottsdale:
15024 North Scottsdale Road
While they also have locations also in Gilbert and Phoenix, this Scottsdale location in the Kierland Commons has a clean, spacious aesthetic with an open floor plan. This makes it ideal for large groups or lunches with your entire staff or office. I recommend the Chef’s Board to start and share with your corner of the table. It can feed between 2-3 people, I’d say. It includes toasted bread, prosciutto, spicy coppa, house giardiniera, olives, almonds, and more. And an “Arugula & Avocado” salad and a glass of rosè and you’ve got yourself a pretty healthy and satisfying Saturday lunch.
3701 N Marshall Way
Here you will get an authentic menu that is always changing, which means there is always something new and exciting here at Virtu. Chef Gio Osso likes to feature whatever is in season when it comes to the seafood and produce they use daily to ensure the highest quality of food arrives on your plate. Their pasta is made in-house and never fails to impress. But, what really makes this quaint little place stand out for dinner is how romantic and intimate the outdoor space is. It really is something special for you and your significant other on a date night.
2334 N Scottsdale Road
Don’t sleep on this family-owned and operated little Italian market. Not only can you stock up on marinated olives, salami, prosciutto, etc., you have to try one of their sandwiches. I go for the cold option, “The CCSP”, which features dried and cured Capocollo, Soppressata & Provolone cheese. But their hot Bruschetta sandwich or their Meatball sub are also winners, especially in the winter. Don’t forget to get a Cannoli with a chocolate shell and a bottle of red to go with your sandwich and have a perfect picnic-style dinner.
6922 E Main Street
I can’t write an Italian food review in Scottsdale without mentioning pizza. And, man, there are a lot of great choices to choose from. But Craft 64 sits at the top of my list with its casual patio and extensive beer list that includes mostly brews made right here in Arizona. Their wood-fired pizzas do not disappoint, even if you do have to wait a little longer for your pie. I like the “Pico” which features fig sauce, truffle oil, arugula, and Italian cheeses. But the “Honey Bee” is definitely something to try if you’re feeling like stepping out of your box a little. It has pepperoni, jalapeños, and Mesquite honey.
Now, I want pizza and hopefully, all of you do too! Check out one of the spots above and let me know what you think!