Mancuso’s Restaurant brings its northern Italian family recipes, like beef and veal cannelloni, to Downtown Phoenix. (Photo: Lauren Potter)
After spending more than 25 years serving the East Valley, Mancuso’s Restaurant has finally returned to where it got its start—Phoenix.
Mancuso’s is a short walk from downtown’s major sporting and music venues, convention center and businesses. (Photo: Lauren Potter)
Located in the upper level of the Collier Center at 201 E. Washington Street, Mancuso’s Restaurant recently opened its doors to the Downtown Phoenix community. The opening comes almost 48 years after Mancuso’s opened its original Italian ice location near the corner of Missouri and Seventh avenues before relocating to Scottsdale. Occupying the 8,700-square-foot space that once housed Kincaid’s, Mancuso’s decided to bring its upscale northern Italian cuisine to downtown because it saw an opportunity. “There has been a resurgence of downtown,” said owner Bob Mancuso, who noted the nearby convention center, arenas, business, and hotels as major drawing points. He also said that Mancuso’s is here to fill a need. “There are a lot of restaurants, but not a lot of dining,” Mancuso said. “We felt there was a need to be filled and thought why not us fill it?”
The fresh salmon salad is made with a light basil dressing. (Photo: Lauren Potter)
Indeed there’s nothing quite like Mancuso’s in downtown. The large space is inviting, with an old-world-meets-new feel, and the staff are also welcoming. In addition to a lounge that’s perfect for a business lunch and happy hour, as well as a dining room that’s fit for a romantic night out, there are also two separate dining rooms available for private events. Much of Mancuso’s extensive menu is based on family recipes, and with gluten-free and vegetarian options, they can accommodate almost any palate. There is a great selection of starters, with lighter items like the bruschetta, roasted red pepper hummus and oysters. One of the stand-out dishes is the stuffed mushrooms. At $10.95 for lunch, the mushrooms are filled with a flavorful Italian sausage, and served swimming in a delicious Alfredo sauce. The seared ahi tuna bites are a great appetizer to share. The bites are small and packed with flavor—the ahi is served on fried wonton with a light drizzle of teriyaki reduction and wasabi vinaigrette. The bites are $10.95 at lunch.
Mancuso’s offers a happy hour menu from 4-7pm weekdays. (Photo: Lauren Potter)
There are also several salad choices available. If you’re feeling like some protein with your greens, we recommend the fresh salmon salad which is $15 on the lunch menu, and is drizzled with a light flavorful basil dressing.
Seared ahi tuna bites. (Photo: Lauren Potter)
One of our favorite dishes was the cannelloni. At $16 for lunch, it is well worth the treat. Filled with house-made with beef, veal and spinach—the cannelloni is served smothered with house-made marinara, Alfredo sauce or both. If you’re dining for dinner, expect some fabulous signature dishes like vegetarian paella, lobster tails, as well as duck, osso bucco and more. With prices starting at $21, Mancuso’s signature dishes are great for a special night out. Of course, no meal is complete without a little sweet treat. We tried the tiramisu and fell in love! Mancuso’s is open seven days, serving lunch Monday-Friday from 11-4 p.m., happy hour 4-7 p.m., and dinner from 4-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday hours are 4-10 p.m.