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“Authentic Italian Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Va Bene

Va Bene
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Ranked #275 of 3,059 Restaurants in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighbourhood: Ahwatukee Foothills
Chandler, Arizona
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Authentic Italian Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2013

Very upscale and elegant with outstanding Italian food. I am a "New York Italian" and I know what "genuine Italian food" is supposed to taste like.... this is it. If you are looking for "hot/spicy food", that is NOT genuine Italian so don't waste your time, just go to Olive Garden, Maggiano's or Carrabba's. If you think Italian food is spaghetti and meatballs, once again, go to one of the restaurants I just mentioned. If you are looking for the "real deal", try Va Bene. If you don't like the food here, you don't like genuine Italian food... it is that plain and simple.

  • Visited December 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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120 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Pretty good, not great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2013 via mobile

Went on a Sat. night. It was extremely busy and the wait staff were running around like chickens with their heads cut off. This made for a not very relaxing experience. It was very noisy (not romantic) so if you're looking for a fun place this might be it.

Both of us requested items not on the menu which they happily accommodated. My chicken marsala was great ...tons of mushrooms. Although my steamed, fresh veggies were prepared al dente , they were almost cold. Not good !

Do not order the Caprese Salad, usually my favorite. Tomatoes were barely pink and totally tasteless. If something is bad and "off season" it should not be on the menu. Visiting from MN, I expected fresh produce.

Finally, we had 7 pm reservations. It was 8 pm before we got our food, so don't be in a hurry, UNLESS you're employed as wait staff.

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Ahwatukee, Arizona, United States
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398 reviews
318 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
“Possibly the Best Italian Cuisine in Metropolitan Phoenix”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2012

Va Bene is most certainly one of the best if not the best Italian cuisine in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Fortunate for us is that the restaurant is not far from our home in an Ahwatukee strip mall. They tend to be under the Phoenix food radar, but most certainly it is worth the trip and can be quickly accessed just off the I-10. They have a fairly large bar that is separate from the restaurant, so a full parking lot should not suggest that the restaurant is packed. The restaurant, while not so large, is beautiful with mostly European waiters that bring professionalism and graciousness into the dining experience.

The menu is fairly extensive and I think over the past ten years we have experienced most of the items, but now stick to those we enjoy best. The Caesar Salad is most certainly one of the best in Phoenix as is the complimentary bread served with the meal. My wife really enjoys their pasta’s although when there is a white fish available, she usually will go with that. For the entrée, I tend to go between either the Linguine Vongole or the Veal Piccata. Additional bread is needed to attack the sauce on the veal. It is simply that good.

Reservations are probably essential on the weekend. I think people that dine there for the first time wonder why they had not been there before! It is a very good restaurant.

  • Visited September 2012
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Phoenix, Arizona
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11 reviews
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“Great Italian”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2012

This restaurant is is about 2 miles from Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino on Chandler Blvd. It is an upscale dining experience with a beautifully appointed dining room. The food is amazing and the staff very accommodating to your food requests. They also have an amazing bar and lounge for your enjoyment.

Visited September 2012
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Thank Sandi S
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Urbana, Illinois
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121 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Very good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2012

Service was excellent, food was very good. large portion size. Lemon dessert was exceptional, highly recommend.

Visited November 2012
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