Step off the beaten path of the local Scottsdale dining scene to the family-friendly, relaxed restaurant located inside The Phoenician, the AAA Four-Diamond Il Terrazzo. Contemporary and traditional influences merge to create a quintessential American-Italian restaurant experience at Il Terrazzo.
I had already enjoyed the on-site Relish Burger Bistro with my daughter and son-in-law the day before, so on a quiet February Sunday night, we stopped by Il Terrazzo and the service was almost as yummy as the meal.
Of course, when in Scottsdale, take advantage of the amazing weather by requesting an al fresco Italiano dining on the patio.
Unfortunately, my visit was on a brisk February evening, so we opted for the inside dining at Il Terazzo, featuring Old-World dark wood tables and chairs with the bar in the corner.
Our first highlight was served with our water: complimentary hand-crafted bread service. The Phoenician bakes their breads each day, and ours was served warm and soft, perfect to lather butter.
Il Terazzo’s menu includes the traditional Sunday Brunch with a twist. Order the contemporary American buffet, or choose from a varied three-course menu.
The dinner menu offered a wide variety, including traditional house made pastas, Black Angus Steaks, Lobster Tails, Scallops and even an interesting seared Foie Gras.
The wine list is quite extensive, with plenty of extraordinary vintages and boutique wines, in addition to a full bar.
I couldn’t resist starting with their Antipasti appetizer, and it was absolutely delightful to look at – and even better to taste. The perfect portion to share amongst the three of us included cured Italian Meats, Parmigiano, Marinated Olives (to die for!), and house made Pickles.
I opted for the Gnocchi as my main course, and unfortunately it fell a little short. It wasn’t the creamiest, but it was seared on one side, the sauce was good, not overly drenching the pasta. However, the gnocchi was a bit too “floury” for me (possibly undercooked?).
My daughter and son-in-law both ordered from the Black Angus steaks menu. She choose the 8 oz Filet Mignon with Béarnaise sauce, and his was the 16-oz Bone-In Rib eye presented with a dollop of Garlic Herb Butter.
But the proof was in the taste, perfectly cooked to medium and slightly smoked but great flavor.
I was disappointed that I didn’t order the Steak, but of course, I did beg enough to get a couple samples from both of them.
The bonus for dining with two or more is that you can share a dessert without feeling guilt. We ordered two, but the crème Brule was hands down my favorite. Perfectly crunchy on the top and creamy vanilla flavor in the middle.
Scottsdale is filled with restaurant options, and Il Terazzo at The Phoenician is worth a visit if only for the Marinated Olives and Black Angus Steak options.
6000 E. Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251