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BEST CORNER ITALIAN RESTAURANT Phoenix 2007 - Tesoro Ristorante Italiano

Tesoro Ristorante Italiano

Tesoro Ristorante Italiano

11219 E. Via Linda Drive

Scottsdale, AZ 85259


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There's nothing wrong with a little downsizing. Filomena and Anthony Di Franco, former owners of the popular but defunct Molise, sold their original restaurant and opened this charming nook two years ago. It seats fewer than half the guests that Molise once did, but that only means you'll get more attention from Filomena herself, along with daughter Ania and son Maurizio, who work in the cozy, rustic dining room.

Back in the kitchen, Anthony and daughter Sonia are cooking up a storm, using recipes from all over Italy, including the Di Francos' native region of Abruzzi. Look for simple, flavorful preparations, perfectly cooked pastas, and light sauces. None of the dishes will hit you over the head with richness — the Pernod cream sauce on the escargot ravioli tastes delicate, and even prosciutto and melted mozzarella don't overwhelm the succulent, sage-kissed saltimbocca. Spinach and ricotta-filled crespelle, and lasagna made with thin, homemade noodles, are also memorable.

You may finish your plate and feel perfectly content, but make way for dessert. After one bite of the luscious tiramisu, you'll thank us.

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anthony and family
anthony and family

hi zia and the rest of the family its anthony. i hope your busy and that everyones okay over there. i was wondering when are you coming back to cleveland or when you going to make me a ticket to come there. Tell everyone i said hi and ask maurizio what happened to Shawn Marion. Go Shaq. Bye Love you guys call me when you get a chance.


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