Culinary Tour of Italy


Our sponsored Italian restaurants are giving you the opportunity to experience food from the different Northern, Central, and Southern Italian regions.





5202 North Central
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Joe Aiello teams up with his wife Myrah to take you through a fabulous Italian dining experience. Their menu features authentic pastas using only the finest Italian imported products, all complemented by a full bar offering and moderately priced Italian wines. To see the special menu that Joe and Myrah have prepared for our Culinary Tour of Italy click below.


Phone: (602) 277-8700 | Website:



8880 East Via Linda
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Phoenix may not have a Little Italy, but Andreoli Italian Grocer in Scottsdale is where all the Italians, and anyone can go for a taste of the Old Country. "I understand how important and rich the Italian cooking tradition is, just like all the Italian culture. I am indebted to Mamma Adele for passing the cooking tradition onto me, developing my culinary skills and sharing her extraordinary recipes" says Giovanni, chef and owner at Andreoli.


Phone: (480) 614-1980 | Website:



7101 East Thunderbird, #103
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Franco, chef and owner of Ristorante Arrivederci of Scottsdale, was born in Sorrento a seaside village of the Amalfi coast (close to Naples), in the Campania region of Italy. Franco earned in Italy his title of "Maestro di Cucina Italiano" or "Master of Italian Cuisine" from the Italian Council of Chefs. His recipes are strongly influenced by his Neapolitans experience. He now specializes in Italian Nouvelle cuisine. To get a better idea of what Franco and Arrivederci restaurant is about please take a moment to visit their web site.


Phone: (480) 922-8225 | Website:



4221 East Chandler Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85048

Arrivederci's specializes on Franco's new "Nouvelle Italian Cuisine" which focus on fresh ingredients, no preservatives and a lot of vegetables. This healthy style Italian cuisine has been a hit with the local health conscious Californians. So through the "California connections", Franco met Max, chef and owner of Avanti's of La Jolla, CA. They became friends and decided to open together the first restaurant in Scottsdale. After a few years they opened another one in Houston, TX and in 2004 they opened the Trattoria Arrivederci in Ahwatukee.


Phone: (480) 759-9292 | Website:



2728 East Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016

A Phoenix valley tradition since 1974. Avanti is the recipient of many prestigious culinary awards. You are sure to enjoy every aspect of dining at Avanti with great Italian food and wines in a sophisticated decor and fabulous service. Come and enjoy the special Florentines dishes prepared for you in occasion of our Culinary Tour of Italy by chef and owner Angelo.


Phone: (602) 956-0900 | Website:



Cool Gelato Italiano
7373 E. Scottsdale Mall
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Cool serves authentic Italian gelato, Italy's version of ice cream, and other special Italian treats. Its recipes have been crafted by an award-winning Italian gelato master. Cool Gelato Italiano is located in the beautiful, park-like setting of the Scottsdale Mall, just across from the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts.


Phone: (480) 941-3100 | Website:



10434 East Jomax Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85262

Gianfranco Ristorante is the creation of chef and owner Gianfranco Motti. Gianfranco was born in Milano, the Lombardia region of Italy. He was formally trained in one of the world's most prestigious culinary schools at Lago Maggiore, Italy. His international resume includes some of the finest renowned kitchens in the world. He has been in the valley since 1991 where he owned Un Bacio until 2005.


Phone: (480) 585-6969 | Website:



Joey's California Bistro
610 East Bell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85022

Enjoy great Italian cuisine in a relaxed family atmosphere. A wood-fired oven turns out crisp-crusted pizzas, bubbling pastas, and chicken, veal and seafood entrees. Wicker furnishings and colorful Italian-inspired art give a California feel. A semi-exhibition kitchen spans the back wall of the dining area.


Phone: (602) 789-8044 | Website:



La Fontanella
4231 East Indian School
Phoenix, AZ 85018

Enjoy Typical Sicilian dishes with the special menu created in occasion of our Culinary Tour of Italy by chef and owner, Italian-born Isabella. Isabella says "I personally love dishes that take me back to the special occasions and the traditions of my family. They have a very anchoring and enriching effect."


Phone: (602) 955-1213 | Website:
Closed from June 20th to July 8th 2011.



La Piazza Al Forno
5803 West Glendale Ave
Glendale, AZ 85307

La Piazza Al Forno, or loosely translated, "Piazza's Oven" is a brick oven pizzeria and Italian kitchen located in charming historic Glendale, AZ. La Piazza Al Forno was born from a family tradition, passion, and desire to be a dining destination for friends and family to gather for great food.


Phone: (623) 847-3301 | Website:



Local Bistro
20581 North Hayden Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Local Bistro celebrates the flavors of Italy, France and Spain. We are a casual, family-friendly modern bistro focused on preparing traditional dishes with a minimalistic and straightforward approach. See the special dishes prepared by Andrea, chef and co-owner, for our Culinary Tour of Italy. Celebrate the Valle d'Aosta region.


Phone: (480) 302-6050 | Website:



23623 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85016

Lorenzo and Cosima both come from Italy, they were born in Sicily, close to Palermo. In fact Lorenzo Pizza & Pasta started in Italy, where Lorenzo worked in a local pizzeria. They brought their restaurant experience, first to New York were they had their own Pizzeria and then to our valley. Their new restaurant, Lorenzo Pizza & Pasta serves typical dishes from the south of Italy at very reasonable prices. They cater to lunch, family dinners, and take out. Enjoy fresh made dishes in a relaxed informal environment.


Phone: (480) 502-1111 | Website:



Marcellino Ristorante
7114 East Stetson Drive
Old Town, Scottsdale AZ, 85251

Chef Marcellino has opened restaurants in Calabria and Abruzzo, cooked on the island of Poros in Greece, and owned trendy bistros in Rome. In New York, the chef received a highly coveted rating of 'Excellence' from the New York Times for his superior cuisine at Riva Grill, and was awarded for his outstanding contribution to the James Beard Foundation.


Phone: (480) 990-9500 | Website:



23535 North Scottsdale Road, #102
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Fast paced fare is certainly always available for dine in or take out. Enjoy a glass of wine at a more leisurely pace, paired with a dish created from one of the Vivolo family's time held recipes. See Parmigiano special menu for the Culinary Tour of Italy.


Phone: (480) 538-9977 | Website:



Pasta Brioni
4416 North Miller Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

From the second you walk in the door to this Scottsdale restaurant, the management and wait staff treat you like family."Walk in the door at Pasta Brioni's and you feel as though you're in one of the neighborhood cafe's that abound in Little Italy. From the warm greeting to the dark woods and burgundy decor to the rich garlic, lemon and olive oil scents wafting from the kitchen, it's authentic Italian".


Phone: (480) 994-0028 | Website:



Pomo Pizzeria
6166 North Scottsdale Road, #701
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Pomo is "Vera Pizza Napoletana", that's "Real Napolitan Pizza", and if you never had it before, you have no idea what you are missing, or what you have missed since you have been introduced to Pizza! Pomo in Italian is short for "tomatoes". The tomatoes that Stefano, chef and owner is using, come directly from Naples, the best tomatoes of the world. The fresh bufala mozzarella comes from Naples, couldn't come from enywhere else! Even the flour comes from Naples!


Phone: (480) 998-1366 | Website:



Tiramisu Ristorante
10435 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

"Here at Tiramisu' Ristorante we pride ourselves in the quality ingredients we use to make all of our Italian dishes", say Mirella and Antonio, both chefs and owners. Mirella and Antonio Ziccarelli have been dedicating themselves to serve genuine Italian dishes paired with excellent Italian wines, since 1991. Come and enjoy their award winning Italian cuisine.


Phone: (480) 991-1080 | Website:



3225 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018

"For many years I have enjoyed a passion and appreciation for great food and fine wines. There is something special about the taste of food paired with wine that can enhance an already sumptuous meal", says Tomaso Maggiore. His passion for Italian food paired with good wine, has made Tomaso's the place to go for a superb Italian dinner for more thran 30 years. Enjoy typical dishes from the Lazio region created in occasion of our Culinary Tour of Italy by chef Lorenzo Bianchi.


Phone: (602) 956-6323 | Website:



Tutti Santi
9011 East Via Linda (90th Street and Via Linda)
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Tutti Santi by Nina owner Leonardo Zecchino came to America from San Remo, the famous sea town in the Liguria region of Northern Italy. There he owned a restaurant. For our Culinary Tour of Italy enjoy the typical dishes from the Liguria region. You have a choice of three restaurants specializing in simple but incredible northern Italian food. For a menu visit the Tutti Santi web site.


Phone: (480) 391-2222 | Website:



Tutti Santi
6339 East Greenway (64th St. and Greenway)
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

"Food turns holy in Nina's and Marco's hands; their food and fame have gained them wide recognition". Learn more about their food, read the reviews on the Tutti Santi web site. Celebrate the Liguria region with Tutti Santi.


Phone: (480) 981-3775 | Website:



Tutti Santi
19420 North 59th Ave (59th Ave and Utopia)
Glendale, AZ 85308

"...for 10 years Tutti Santi by Nina has set the standard for Italian fine dining, combining exceptional food with world class service and ambiance...". Visit the Tutti Santi web site to find a location closest to you and dine in style! Celebrate the Liguria region, Cristoforo Colombo land.


Phone: (623) 566-1582 | Website:



Veneto Trattoria Italiana
6137 North Scottsdale
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Veneto Trattoria maintains the authentic Venetian dining experience with a number of Italian staff members. Chef Massimo Brunelli, who has been at the restaurant since it opened, is from Venice. Enjoy typical dishes from the Veneto region with the special menu created by Massimo in occasion of our Culinary Tour of Italy.


Phone: (480) 948-9928 | Website:



1835 East Elliot Road, C-109
Tempe, AZ 85284

Mario Vincitorio, chef and owner of Vincitorio's Restaurant will receive you in an all Italian place; from the decor to the food you will experience the warm Italian hospitality. All dishes are freshly made following his unique Italian recipies. As Mario says "all our pastas are made fresh daily, using the finest durum and wheat flour semolina, to that we add fresh water and nothing else". But to understand Mario's love for food and America, just visit his web site.


Phone: (480) 820-2786 | Website:



Note: Specials offered by participating restaurants are not valid in combination with any other promotions. There may be other restaurants serving Italian food in the Phoenix greater area that are not participating in our initiative. The above restaurants have agreed with the Italian Consulate to support the celebrations for the 150th Anniversity of the Italian Unification. Any Italian restaurant that wants to support the 150th birthday of Italy is welcome to participate by calling (480) 304-4620.


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