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Alberto Italian Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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7171 E Cave Creek Rd, Carefree, AZ 85331-8634
+1 480-488-5800
16:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Sun 16:00 - 22:00
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Fargo, North Dakota
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Small little restaurant-greeted at the door by Alberto! Small, but comfortable....food was fabulous! Alberto was a chef in Beverly Hills for years prior to coming to Carefree...he has quite the resume of who he has cooked for!

Thank ND1st
San Jose, California
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190 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband wanted to try this place based on the ‘wood-burning oven’ sign so we stopped in recently for dinner. I’m not sure what they cook in the wood-fired oven because it wasn’t anything we had. Maybe the pizzas? We didn’t even know they had pizza until we saw someone leaving with a take-out box and asked. The pizza is... More 

Thank Diane W
Scottsdale, Arizona
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124 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In Cave Creek north of Scottsdale for over 15 years. Reservations a must on weekends during high season. Great menu and service. Nice wines list. Moderately priced and a great place to relax. Alberto personally will take good care of you !

Thank jra802015
Prairie Village, Kansas
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123 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Quite an extensive menu for a small restaurant. Very charming. Owner will likely take your order. Many really good dishes. We have been here more than once and will return. Unhurried atmosphere reminiscent of little places we ate in Italy.

Thank BruceandCathy2014
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Alberto's is a small Italian restaurant that is run by a wonderful man called Alberto. He has always recommended excellent wines for us-- my husband likes white & I prefer red. We had a lovely linguine with mushrooms which we split but was enough for a four!! Delicious!! Then my husband had eggplant Parmesan which was rich with favors. I... More 

Thank Rita M
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Pumpkin ravioli. So good Very personal service. Small but quiet. Wine selection and hard alcohol Baked risotto. Eggplant excellent

Thank Kim K
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

I asked for a Coca~Cola, was given some cheap generic watered down corn syrup drink... I asked for them to remove it from bill.. when i was handed bill.. photo tells the truth. .. Beware, wonder how many others they pull this off with.

2 Thank Ray R
New York City, New York
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

2 of the 4 entrees ordered were VERY salty. Too salty. We had great expectations for this place and it was just not so. The prices are high and the portions are fairly small. The bread was delicious though. The dessert was good, not great. Too expensive for disappointing food.

Thank ritametermaid2016
Dix Hills, New York
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

Eggplant Palm. is my husband's favorite. Oh, said the owner, mine is the best....um, no, it's so average. I had the clam sauce. Way to thick, and not briny like good clam sauce should be. The waiter started sprinkling cheese on my plate without asking. .... cheese on a seafood dish? When we asked him to leave the cheese (we... More 

Thank Pamela L
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210 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016 via mobile

This restaurant was a nice surprise. Not sure how we missed it on our last visit. Alberto is the real deal. He has an intimate place with a small, conscientious staff. The food is delicious, true Italian. We'd like to return to try a pizza from his wood-burning oven. His wine list is extensive, mostly Italian and California. He is... More 

Thank Doymo

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7171 E Cave Creek Rd, Carefree, AZ 85331-8634
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Carefree
  • Phone Number: +1 480-488-5800
owned and operated by Alberto Liani, it is a small (11 table) restaurant in Carefree, Arizona (near the Boulders Resort). He formerly operated a restaurant in Beverly HIlls and it is one of the best Italian restaurants I have ever eaten in. he prepares all of his food (even the bread) from scratch. Telephone Number is 480-488-5800

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?