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“Always a good dinner” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Michelina's Italian Cuisine

Michelina's Italian Cuisine
3241 E Shea Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85028 (Paradise Valley)
(602) 996-8977
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Ranked #103 of 2,426 Restaurants in Phoenix
Price range: $15 - $15
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Paradise Valley
Phoenix, Arizona
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168 reviews 168 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
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148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
“Always a good dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Michelina's has been a neighborhood establishment in north Phoenix for many years. Too many for me to count. You can always count on an excellent meal. The prices may seem high at first, but there is nothing a la carte about this menu. Everything is included even the after dinner surprise.
The restaurant is small but it feels bigger as there are levels so you can separate your table from other diners. I would suggest a reservation for big parties but for 2 they generally have room for you.
Excellent for a quiet dinner.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Best Italian Cuisine - always consistant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

My favorite Italian restaurant is Michelina's. The food is always consistantly good because Michelina is always there and applying her cullinary skills on every order. Her masterful expertise as a chef is second only by her creativity in her floral arrangement abilities. Wonderful ambience in the dining area. The staff is always polite as well as professional. It is no wonder that many patrons are repeat customers, some frequenting as often as once a week.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Phoenix, Arizona
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Not the greatest.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Only went once. Their Italian food was fair, service was also fair. however, we have friends who love the place and go often. Different tastes I guess.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“No Plans to Revisit”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

After hearing great things about Michelina's, I dined there for the first time this weekend. My experience was disappointing from the standpoint of service. People arriving with reservations had to wait 30 minutes or more to be seated. The gentleman who was orchestrating the seating could not recall who had arrived before others or who among those who were waiting had reservations. I suspected that "regulars" were being seated before others. Not once did he offer a soft drink or cocktail to those waiting. The wait did not end once we were finally seated. Again, the busy waitstaff passed us by with no attempt to bring us water or a basket of bread to curb our hunger and impatience. We waited no time ordering when we finally had the attention of a waiter, fearful that we would never see him again.

Once we were finally served, the food was wonderfully fresh and made to order. Was it the best Italian food I have ever had--no, but it was quite good. Would I devote two and a half hours to dining there again--NO. There are too many great restaurants in the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas with prompt and friendly service, to accept poor service from others.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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“Wow! Great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

What a great experience in a local restaurant. Not much to look at from the outside but beautiful inside with huge fresh flower bouquets everywhere. Service was wonderful as you plan to spend the evening there. They do not rush you at all. Food all prepared fresh including homemade pasta. Great way to celebrate my wife's birthday. We'll be back!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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