I am happy to say that I found ""The Best"" place to dine in Ahwatukee! Not only is the atmosphere charming, the food is outstanding and the service made us feel as though they really were glad that we came. To have the whole combination nowadays is not easy to find. I will be back often and will be proud to take family when they come in from out of town.
Ruffino Italian Cuisine
- General Info:
- Ruffino Italian Cuisine is an upscale Italian restaurant in Ahwatukee, recognized for the past 25 years as a neighborhood destination for gathering with family and friends. The restaurant, recently remodeled, features an Old World Tuscan atmosphere with a piano bar at one end and a semi-private dining area at the other. At Ruffino you will find great food, unique, world-class service and a variety of weekly live entertainment options. Only the freshest ingredients are used and all of the pastas are homemade daily, plus the restaurant has an extensive list of wine and liquors. Happy Hour is offered Mon.-Fri. 3-7 p.m. Saturday 4-7pm and Sunday 4-close. Dinner is served seven days per week. Call for more information or to make a reservation today!
- Payment method:
- amex, discover, visa, diners club, mastercard
- Ahwatukee Commons Shopping Ctr
- Ahwatukee Foothills
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- Other Information:
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Italian, European, Continental
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
I believe Ruffino's is the best Italian restaurant I have ever eaten in. The atmosphere is very elegant but at the same time very comfortable. The service is wonderful and the servers are very knowledgable, infact the server we had has been working at Ruffino's for 14 years and you could tell he was a true professional. The entrees we had were wonderful, you could tell the Chef really cares about great food! The veal Ruffino with brandy tarragon cream sauce was wonderful. I would...view more highly recommend this restaurant to anyone!view less
We have been dining here since 1994 and have referred many people based on the service and food. At our last visit, and I do mean last, we were greeted by blaring country music when we opened the door. After being seated by a host that didn't greet us, it took 25 minutes to get our menus. It took another 20 before a waiter took our drink order which came in about 10 minutes. We had yet to be asked for our food order. We each ordered a salad and a pasta dish, duck ravioli and spagh...view moreetti and meatballs. In the past the duck ravioli were tender, homemade pasta pillows filled with a delicious, hearty filling. The spaghetti and meatballs always tasted like the sauce had simmered for hours. It was evident when our pasta dishes arrived (after another 25 minutes, okay if homemade) that something had drastically changed. The spaghetti was spongy noodles topped with a raw tomato sauce, bright red and soupy. The meatballs were pale and tasteless. But the biggest disappointment was the ravioli. The sauce was very much a tomato sauce unlike the delicate, creamy sundried tomato sauce I was accustomed to here. I was eating the third ravioli before I found enough filling to taste it. I should be happy this was the case because it was horrendous! It was grainy and tasted like pate. It was at this time that the silent host (which turned out to be the new owner) made himself very available to a table of guests that were obviously his friends. He couldn't stop bragging about his limousine that he'd purchased (which took up 3 much needed parking spaces right in front of the door). Our half-full dishes were removed by our waiter without asking if everything was okay. As we were leaving, the host/owner was standing by the door but never said thank you or good-bye. After making the decision to never return to one of our favorite restaurants in the Phoenix area, we headed across the street to satisy our hunger with ice cream. A disappointing evening all around.view less
I loved this place. It reminded me of real italian food from home in SF! Went there and loved it. I will be there once again for my birthday and the next trip will be with family! The food, service, just all is great! I highly recommend this place!
Experience, Service and Quality food. Authentic Italian food, menu is large variety and the staff is friendly, upbeat, outgoing. What a pleasant and wonderful place to dine, have cocktails, conversation with some of the nicest people in town.
Lunches are great too.
You won't be disappointed.
I have been frequenting Ruffino's since 1991 and it has never failed to deliver. The Mussel and shrimp cocktail appetizers are phenomenal. As for the main course the fresh fish is always great, along with the Oso Bucco, the canelloni, and the Seafood Ruffino pasta dish. Service is always top notch along with the price.
Wonderful place with exceptional personal service. The staff is on a kiss and hug basis with all the regulars and give %110. Food sometimes seems like it takes forever so be prepared to relax and enjoy your company but it is well worth the wait!!!