I still love Oreganos for a family or friend family night. Family style or on your own there is NOTHING I haven't enjoyed at this place. There are several in the valley and all are great. South Scottsdale or at Shea and Scottsdale Rd. MMMM
Pano Vino's in the Pinnacle Peak area, at Pinnacle Peak and Pima Road area. Locally owned and operated very good food, very friendly staff and live music in the lounge area Thursday - Saturday. Why go to a chain restaurant?
In my opinion, one of the best Italian restaurants around is actually a chain - Carrabba's. There's one at the northeast corner of Scottsdale Road & Frank Lloyd Wright/Bell. Everyone I've ever taken to Carrabba's has been very happy with the food and casual ambiance. It's one of my family's favorites, and we've been there many, many times. One suggestion if you go: assume that the dishes are all well seasoned (don't ask for extra garlic, as my sister did on her first visit).