Avanti Cafe

Avanti Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.avanticafe.com/index.html
  • Phone: 6265774688
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

    Please let us know if you will need a high chair/booster seat.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corner of Lake and Union • 1 Block North of Colorado
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free Parking in Rear off Union
A word from Avanti Cafe
We at AVANTI CAFE are dedicated to providing exciting gourmet cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere.
Our specialty is gourmet pizzas prepared in an imported oak-wood fired Italian oven.
Our pizza dough has been especially formulated to accent a natural oak-wood flavor.
Choose from our delicious assortment of California style toppings, each prepared from freshest ingredients, or select from our many Popular Pasta or Calzone dishes.
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Avanti Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
6 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.5
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.2
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)fit for foodies (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • always excellent
    PasadenaDiner
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    although it can I can generally get quite busy and loud, I'm never disappointed with the food of aunty. Looking forward to their second location, which I understand it's supposed to be different, opening soon. Can't wait to see what they have in store for us there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's fine.
    Foidie4fun
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This is a nice place walking distance from Boston Court Theater. I had a calzone. The crust was amazing. But I'd asked for no peppers and it came with peppers. The sausage was OK but not great. This place is clean and good enough.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Artificial Flavor
    JustPeachy
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We must have ordered the wrong thing...lots of other people were having pizza. We had pasta with a really bad marinara sauce. The sauce had a potent artificial taste. Like it had about 10 times too much dried oregano in it. It also tasted like canned tomato paste. Awful. Our salad had no green parts of the lettuce in it. My husband had a bite of the salad and a bite of the pasta dish. The waitress was attentive and pleasant. But, we won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 19 reviews are from the Avanti Cafe reviews archive.
  • Great wood fired pizza
    suzie
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Very good wood fired oven pizza, first visit and not disappointed. Try the apple pizza, delicious.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected More
    YoshisLisa
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I had a reservation for 8:30. When I walked in at 8:20, the man (owner?) couldn't seem to find me at first. Then he admitted to me that they had a table big enough but they broke it up and accused me of being late. The food was mediocre. Nothing to write home about. Bruschetta - Bread was soggy. Was very bland. Fried Mozzarella Sticks - Run of the mill, pretty bland as well Wood Burned Delight Pizza - Expected a lot more from the "best pizza place in town" Could've stayed home with a Digiorno Broccoli And Rainbow Rotelli - Very bland, no taste Chicken Tequila Fettuccine - This I actually liked. Pretty flavorful Chicken Florentine - Also pretty flavorful. Chicken was juicy Fettuccine Alfredo - SUPER bland. Had absolutely no taste
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Pizza in Pasadena!
    PasadenaFoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Just like the sign on the door says, best pizza. Atmosphere is not the draw but the pizza and pasta are great and the staff is fun. Garlic rolls are a must! Wish they delivered.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Pizza
    PasadenaFoodieVIP
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    Our family dines here a lot. Love their pizzas and garlic rolls. Pasta also good and wait staff is fun! Great for takeout too. Wish they delivered - we'd order at least twice a month. Looking forward to the new location at Sierra Madre and Foothill/Walnut.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious wood-fired pizza
    AnnaVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    We ordered the 3 Cheese and Seafood pizzas. Fresh ingredients and perfectly cooked. Very tasty. The Spring Salad mix with the lime-vinagrette dressing was very good also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Above Average Fare
    DavidK
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    Service was quick, courteous, and mostly attentive. The food was good, noting that it was not outstanding or innovative. I had the antipasto salad and prosciutto pizzza, while my date had the spring mix salad and the Avanti special. My antipasto salad was OK. Something you could put together at home with little effort. The prosciutto pizza was tasty with a nice thin crust and a good amount of flavor. My date loved the spring mix salad's lime-herb dressing and i must agree after tasting, it was pretty good. The Avanti special pizza, though, left the taste of the salad flat and failed to impress. Enough so that we traded pizzas. I found it OK, but nothing deserving the "Best Pizza in Pasadena" advertisement. Would I return? Not sure
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dropped in for a late lunch.
    Pumpkin
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    Dropped in for a late lunch. Had a small Duck Sausage pizza from the wood burning oven. Loved it. Planning on returning.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Pizza
    AnnaVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    I've eaten here in the past and have always enjoyed the gourmet pizzas. This time I thought I'd try the Seafood Pizza and it was really delicious! Not fishy at all and as excellent as the other gourmet pizzas I've had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Go!
    Neda
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    Freshly prepared, in front of your eyes, pasta and pizza, even in the late hours on a weeknight! Refreshingly yummy salads and a delightful list of wood-fired pizzas make Avanti a wonderful neighborhood gem. The owner is on hand to oversee everything and make sure that everything at your table is just perfect! It is no wonder the place has won so many awards. JUST GO.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Ashsta
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Our waitress was really good and the food was good.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint
    scotishangel
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    I recently dined at this restaurant and ordered a pizza. I thought the pizza was okay but my family absolutely loved it! Place was clean and relatively quiet and we would definitely return if in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty pizza; outstanding service
    J2010
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Pizza is cooked fresh to order - with fresh ingredients. Delicious. Store manager went out of his way to accommodate our needs. All the staff there were very friendly as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avanti is one of our faves
    stephVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    Delicious pizza, yummy garlic rolls, good wine list, and great service from Mike!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food at reasonable prices
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    An outstanding Italian Trattoria type restaurant with great choices at very reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed an excellent italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Enjoyed an excellent italian dinner in this neighborhood resturant. Pricing was moderate. The owner was visable to patrons and visited our table. I suggested trying the "lemon infused pasta" ...A unique variation that was quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply the best pizza in Pasadena.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Simply the best pizza in Pasadena. Have been coming here for 20 years, the staff is great, and the owner always makes everyone feel special.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Avanti's wood fired pizzas
    RepeatCustomerVIP
    Dined on 1/1/2013
    Avanti's wood fired pizzas are outstanding. Probably our all time favorite is the Avanti special with bacon. The pizza dough itself is flavorful but combined with the saltiness of the bacon, the sweetness of the onion, the creaminess of the cheese and the aroma of the basil is divine. The small with the Cesear Salad is usually enough for the two of us (neither of us are big eaters). If we're especially hungry, we may throw in an order of the garlic knots which are also great. They have alot of other items on the menu as well and alot of inventive pizza topping combinations but we always seem to end up ordering our favorite.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing Management Issues
    Darcy
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    Tasty well-prepared thin, wood-fired pizzas, and lots ofwide choices for toppings from traditional to gourmet. The service is awful. Servers go out of their way to avoid eye-contact so you don't bother them. Very unprofessional bordering on disrespectful attitudes. Part of the problem was there was no team work/lack of good management and also too few servers with little experience when place gets busy. It is really too bad, because place has a lot of potential, but guess the owner not on top of his game... No matter how good food is it is not so unique, so with all the competition out there would rather go to CPK even if chain resataurant.. Guess if driving by and place not busy, might give them another chance but not any time soon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best basic Italian restaurant
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    The best basic Italian restaurant in the San Gabriel Valley. Good food at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic