Our waiter was wonderful andOur waiter was wonderful and attentive. We got their 45 minutes later than the original reservations and when I called to say we would be late, I was told no problem. We arrived and were accommodated with a smile. My husband and I took our time and at around 9:30 or 10:00 we noticed only ourselves and another table were still there. Who I presume was the owner came out of the kitchen to talk for a minute and was very very nice and joking. When we asked our waiter when they closed, he said you take as long as you want. We have been there once before and definitely plan on going back again. We are vegetarians so obviously there aren't a lot of choices but the choices we made in appetizer and meals were totally awesome.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMLobster divine!We look forward to the lobster dinner every summer!6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMCulinary DelightAvanti is a wonderful place to enjoy great Italian cooking with spectacular service. The menu includes plenty of choices, no matter what you are in the mood for. This was our second visit and I'm certain there will be many more in our future.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMFor an old fashion ItalianFor an old fashion Italian meal that makes you feel that you have reentered New York's Little Italy this is the place to dine. The service is gracious and the food is excellent.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went to Avanti for ourWe went to Avanti for our 43rd Wedding Anniversary. The decor of the restaurant is done in red's and black's but what catches your attention - are the glass globes that hang from the ceilings over each table. It's a very beautiful and different kind of look. We received excellent service from our waiter and the food was wonderful. The calamari florentine equals to the same I have had in San Francisco on the wharf. My wife had the special (Pork Tenderloin) and I enjoyed the Veal Picaata.
I also had Escargot but it tasted bland. Otherwise the owner greeted all of the tables and asked if are food was to our liking. We plan to make more trips to this wonderful restaurant in the future. Hopefully the Escargot tastes better.5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMRestaurant WeekI visited Avanti during Restaurant Week. Everyone was friendly. The food was OUTSTANDING!! The Cesar salad was the best that I've ever had and the lasagna was very fresh. You could tell that it was made from pasta made in house and fresh ingredients. I will definitely come back!5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellanté Italiano RistoranteYou can't miss at Avanti! This is a classic Italian fine dining restaurant. The food and service are always superb. We went for one of their wine dinners, which are a great value and an excellent way to experience the menu and a new wine. You will never be disappointed at Avanti. Try it for lunch or a special occasion dinner. Bonus tip: ask for John as your dinner server.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMI took my mom to Avanti forI took my mom to Avanti for the Mother's Day buffet. It was fantastic!! They had 5 separate stations. All of the food was amazing. I have to say the lasagna was the best I've ever had. The wait staff was quick to refill drinks, take out plates and check in to make sure we were doing well. I love going to Avanti because they all make you feel like a VIP every time you go there. Highly recommend!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMPleasant surpriseWe have sampled many brunches having lived in the Phoenix area more than 20 years. Mother's Day brunch was our first dining experience at Avanti. We were impressed with the large variety of cold and hot foods as well as the presentation and the VERY reasonable price. There is something for every palate here. We will definitely come back!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and serviceThis was my first visit and took friends from out of town. The owner met us at the door and showed us to a table. He was both courteous and entertaining. There were five in our party, everyone tried something different and all were happy with our meals. The waiter was attentive but not hovering. I will go back.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAnniversary at AvantiMy husband and I celebrated our 11 year anniversary this past weekend, and had Avanti recommended to us. The environment was definitely a throwback to the 80's, but the pictures of the stars along the foyer were testament to the longevity and potential quality of the place. The food itself was wonderful! The bread was this delicious toasty, pesto-infused basket of wonderful! The appetizer and main entree we got were amazing! Both of them were specials. they also gave us a complimentary tiramisu to celebrate our anniversary. the aspect of the restaurant that really impressed us, however, was the service! Perfectly timed food and very attentive wait staff. We are looking forward to going back!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMVery attentive and informativeVery attentive and informative staff. Excellent food, prepared the way you desire.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMA Phoenix InstitutionA friend and I opted for lunch at Avanti's last week because we wanted to go someplace where the service was top notch. We were very pleased that Avanti's continues to meet expectations in this area. Our satisfaction level was checked several times throughout the course of the meal. The Caesar salad is authentic and not overly dressed. The special that day, halibut with lemons and capers, was very tasty. The accompanying mixed vegetables were nicely seasoned, but cooked a bit too long for my taste. All and all, a very enjoyable lunch.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMMy husband enjoyed his dinnerMy husband enjoyed his dinner (I think it was osso bucco) and I loved my cioppino. We both appreciate the authentic food. We've had our fill of the new innovations!4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMWednesday dinner outParking lot was empty so my group was wondering where I was taking them but dinner was wonderful and everyone was happy when we left! And a number more cars were in the parking lot so we all thought that was great!4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMSergio is a terrific and attentiveSergio is a terrific and attentive server. Caesar salad was tasty and served well chilled. Special menu requests were prepared as requested. A very enjoyable place for dinner.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMVery nice, wonderful menuVery nice, wonderful menu and food preparation. House made pasta was excellent!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMAlthough the wine cellar wasAlthough the wine cellar was out of Cade, the Cakebread was a perfect choice for the light but crispy calamari and caprese. The specials were amazing; I had pork tenderloin stuffed with toasted red bell peppers and cheese. It was cooked to perfection and served with a baby-bella mushroom sauce and crunchy fresh sauté of vegetables. Do not pass up the 3 dessert special, go with everything chocolate and you will be very surprised. The near-flourless chocolate tart was lava on a plate. The tiramisu had that certain almond flavor you only get from someone that understands what it's supposed to taste like. Our new favorite, table 12. Ask for it.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMAvanti has become a go toAvanti has become a go to for meeting friends. The food is always excellent and service is above par.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful Easter Brunch.Wonderful Easter Brunch. Great selection and preparation3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome food and service!Awesome food and service! Felt welcome from the time we stepped in the door! We were out visiting our Son, in Phoenix, and found this on Open Table, and I have always had great experiences with the restaurants on Open Table. We were there celebrating Easter dinner.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMAvanti on Thomas Road in PhoenixAvanti on Thomas Road in Phoenix is simply the best Italian restaurant at which I have ever eaten. Food, service, and ambiance are all outstanding. Great appetizers, had the crab cake with shrimp on Tuesday. Skipped the appetizer on Thursday and had the linguine with red clam sauce, superb.3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMAvanti brings the flavorWas here on a quiet Sunday night. Food was quite good, service was very friendly and attentive. The decor is a bit dated (black & white, lots of mirrors), but hey it's an Italian restaurant. We sampled several different pastas as appetizers. All were cooked perfectly and made with excellent sauces. Two of us had a grilled veal chop (off menu) that was very good. I had the double pork chop - excellent and huge. The 4th in our party had the flounder which was also terrific. We sampled several desserts: the tiramisu, the spumone, the amaretto cheese cake, and the gelato. We enjoyed them all. We had a very nice dining experience at Avanti and would certainly be worth a return visit the next time we're in town.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was my first time atThis was my first time at Avanti. The server, Sergio, was attentive. The bread was fresh and served as requested with olive oil and parmesan cheese was brought to accompany the bread. The appetizer caesar salad was crispy and the dressing was excellent. The shrimp risotto was moist, and the portion was generous. No room for dessert. We appreciated that Avanti also participates in the United Mileage Plus Dining Rewards Program too.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMTook a group of 15 for a businessTook a group of 15 for a business dinner. Everything was perfect.3/18/2013 12:00:00 AMJohn was an excellect waiter.John was an excellect waiter. The food is amazing. The gnocchi melts in your mouth. The Lasagna is over the top as well.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWell worth a driveA little off the beaten path but well worth the drive. Has been there for years. Staff friendly and knowledgeable. Good food,3/8/2013 12:00:00 AMA taste of Italy inside PhoenixFrom the moment you walk into Avanti, you realize you're at a restaurant unlike all the others in Phoenix. The feel of the restaurant is like you just stepped back into the 1950s timeframe with the decor that's inside. The service was great even though we went on Valentine's and it was so busy. Loved hearing all the italian accents by the staff working in the restaurant, it added to the feel of the restaurant. Lasty was the food, all the pasta was made fresh and you could tell with each bite. I had the 3 pasta sampler and it was delicious. Definitely a happy find with this restaurant.2/14/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome PlaceThe food was outstanding and so was the service. The owner Angelo made us feel like had been friends for years. I would reccomend this restaurant to everyone. 5 stars. Homemade old world Italian.1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM