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“Italian cuisine to dream about!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Franco's Italian Caffe

Franco's Italian Caffe
4327 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
+1 480-481-7614
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Ranked #3 of 963 Restaurants in Scottsdale
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The most authentic Florentine experience in all of Arizona!
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Italian cuisine to dream about!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Food was outstanding. We were a party of 4. Two of us had the squid inked pasta and crab special. Outstanding. Another had lasagna. Excellent. Light and fluffy. Not heavy at all. The fourth had the chicken special and loved it. The salads were also excellent and the portions are very large. The service was excellent. Wine selections very nice. Cannot wait to return.
It is a small restaurant and a bit noisy. But the excellent food makes up for it.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Phoenix, Arizona
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358 reviews 358 reviews
301 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
“Solid Not Fancy But Very Good Classic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

This is a small tiny place so you need a reservation and you also need to use the $5.00 valet since they don't have a parking lot. We tried the pasta tartufo and two of the specials they had the evening we went. Everything we tried was delicious and prices were very reasonable. Service was outstanding.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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123 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“Nothing special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

Food was standard Italian. My wife's fish was dry and I had the veal lemon piccata . The lemon sauce was so overpowering you could not taste the veal or indeed eat it as you were taking mouthfuls of lemon sauce. Layout and service were standard but not a place for a special occasion. Price standard for this very ordinary Italian restaurant

Visited May 2013
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“World Class Italian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We have been to Franco's restaurants in Phoenix, Greenwich Village and now Scottsdale and his food is always fantastic. Having been to Tuscany several times, his food can compete with the best in Florence or Siena. Everything we've tried has been great, from appetizers to pastas to entrees to desserts. It's our go-to restaurant for special occasions. Reservations are probably a good idea, as the place is pretty small.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Glendale, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“save the trip...to Florence: eat here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Just imagine, a nice table for 2 near the Uffizi Museum....Well, now with the prices of the airline tickets...you can "really" only imagine(but that is another story...) you and your better half having a great dinner, perhaps this is the best Italian dinner in Arizona.
Food: Great as italian as can be al dente pasta(as you can see by the way I write I'm Italian...)REAL Italian pasta(duck ravioli,strozzapreti with a silky marinara sauce)
meat: I tried a couple of meat dishes and(pork chop and porterhouse) both expected to be great and they were...and they come with side dishes...unlike many scottsdale establishments..
Service..I believe many of the people who work there have been with Franco for many yrs(he had other franco's in town.)that shows me who really franco is!!!!
The Boss: Great person to deal with. very passionate about food and can suggest great wines(al least with us)to pair with your food.
this restaurant is perfect for a first date or even for a traditionl, a meal you like to start with your family and friends...Since it is a small restaurant, you don't have the loud environment that you would get and those big boxes (ans same fatty food alike)...

Prices: when I was a kid my dad you to say(something similar to this)
"with, what we spend in a week in miami beach...we can stay one month in Cancun"
very affordable for what you get...NOW, if you want
spaghetti meat balls...if you like this dish or other dego type of dishes...buco di beppo is around the corner. you can go there, wait 30-45 minutes in a crypt looking corner spend a bit less but really not much,eat so much garlic...because somehow americans think that Italians have to eat it to scare off...mother in laws..and get stressed out by the cheesiness and screaming kids...I am quite sure if on a first date..that would not get you to first base..at Franco's restaurant will!!!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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