Early in our visit to Sedona we met several locals and enquired as to the best restaurants in the area. In all cases they mentioned Dahl & Di Luca and Cucina Rustica, both owned by the same family with Cucina Rustica being the more formal presentation of the two. It was the nearer of the two to our rental apartment in Oak Creek.
Having been to Italy on business and pleasure numerous times especially to Emilia Romagna, the Italian region of which gourmets the world over claim is greatest gastronomic contribution to mankind... Google it! I believe I have a sense of great Italian food. Cucina Rustica ranks up there with the cuisine of Emilia Romagna. It was so authentic we returned several times and each visit our meal was consistently imaginative and excellent.
In addition to the excellent food and great atmosphere the service was friendly and impeccable. Who would think a world-class restaurant in Sedona? We will definitely return.