Best Italian Restaurant (2000)
Maria's When in Naples
7000 East Shea, Scottsdale
Recently renovated to add a gardenlike enclosed terrace, the sumptuous space is decorated with seaside murals, red brick walls and a copper-domed, exposed kitchen. Very Italian.
But it's the food that gets the heart pounding, celebrating Ranieri's now-famous handmade pastas, and a signature antipasto display in the eatery's foyer. Some of our all-time, flat-out lusted-after creations are the ravioli di Zucca (butternut squash filled, in a four cheese sauce) and Vitello alla Maria (veal sautéed in lemon butter with wild mushrooms, capers and artichokes).
Gourmet magazine has named Maria's to its list of America's Top Tables. Save us a seat.
Readers' Choice: Olive Garden