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“OK Food - Nothing Outstanding” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Uncle Sal's Italian Ristoranti

Uncle Sal's Italian Ristoranti
3370 N Hayden Rd, Suite 120, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-6632
480-990-2533
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Ranked #112 of 1,023 Restaurants in Scottsdale
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Gilroy, California
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“OK Food - Nothing Outstanding”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Sal's seems to mostly attract older, mature crowd (60 something's). Sat in patio on a warm night. The chairs out there were very uncomfortable & the table wobbly. Service was slow, although server was very friendly. 1/2 carafe of house red was $10 and dining partner reported it was very good. The salads were large and fresh. The soup was Luke warm & very salty. The garlic bread was good, but nothing extraordinary. I had the veal saltimboca. It was a little tough, had a great white wine taste but the spinach on top was cold. My wife had baked ziti and was good. Another diner had eggplant that was very good but the accompanying pasta was watery and the red sauce thin and tasteless. The tiramisu was uninspiring but the amaretto cheesecake was tasteful. Overall, an OK dinner and experience but nothing to go out of your way for even though the price charged was very fair. We probably wouldn't go back since there are many, many similarly priced Italian restaurants in Scottsdale with comparable, if not better, fare.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Sherman, Connecticut
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123 reviews 123 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Fine dining Italiano style.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We made reservations for four at seven thirty on a warm spring evening. When we arrived we were welcomed with a smile and seated immediatly on the porch at a table of our choice. Ally was our waitress and made sure our dining experience was memorable. Everything from drinks, appetizers, to main course and desert ( crem carmel ), was outstanding. Don't miss Uncle Sals, it's too good to pass up.

  • 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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Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 restaurant reviews
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“This restaurant has the 'IT' factor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

When you go out for dinner you want great food and a great atmosphere. Uncle Sal's has both. Since the current owner took over this restraurant several years ago we have been many times and never have been dissappointed. If you embrace the atmosphere and engage the staff you will have a great experience. If you go for dinner, make a reservation. If you go for the bar, good luck as timing is everything. This place is so popular with the locals it is hard to find a seat and that says it all. We always take our out of town visitors here and always have our specials occasions at Uncle Sal's. If you want a friendly place that feels like home, Uncle Sal's is the place to go. Not 'fancy', just special and it has the 'it' factor.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“What can one say...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

positive that hasn't already been stated in previous postings. Wife and I and son in law celebrating a daughters b'day with a 7p reservation. We threaded our way thru several folks waiting where we were seated on time to the minute.
Our four entree picks of Salmon cilantro, eggplant rollatini, cheese ravioli, and chicken parmigiani were all outstanding and plentiful. I had a house cabernet and have never had a house selection so good.
Wait staff is very focused on getting it done and they do so don't expect a lot of chit chat.
This was our third visit and we'll be back again when the in-season crowd begins to wane.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“I'm Italian and picky about eating Italian out...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

.... but was SO happy with this place my Dad said he and my Mom had been going to for many years (she passed aways 13 years ago, and actually went there with a girlfriend years before he finally tried it). I had the eggplant parmesan and it was excellent because they really ARE Italian and know how to make a great Italian sauce. I can't wait to go back and try the Veal because that'll be another good test of just how good they are! Make a reservation....they are a very popular place and for good reason!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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