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Avanti Ristorante Italiano
Avanti Ristorante Italiano

Avanti Ristorante Italiano Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.avantipennington.com/
  • Email: katmac1@verizon.net
  • Phone: (609) 737-7174
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Vincenzo Severino
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Party trays are available for your event at home or work and requires 24 hours notice. Delivery is available for parties over 25. Avanti has offsite catering space at the Pennington fire house which can accommodate up to 100.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Off-street parking as well as a Municipal Lot available
A word from Avanti Ristorante Italiano
Avanti Ristorante Italiano was opened in 1993 by Chef Vincenzo Severino. Vincenzo’s cuisine is the encapsulation of his passion for food and of his obsession to please his patrons. His inspiration comes from his many trips back to his beloved Sicily, where he breathes in as much as he possibly can in order to translate his journeys into new and exciting dishes for his and Kathleen’s loyal customers. Indeed, many of their guests have been coming to Avanti Ristorante since they opened and some even maintain standing dinner reservations all year round. The attraction is definitely the food, but the pièce de résistance is clearly when Vincenzo comes out of the kitchen mid-evening to greet his patrons who have all become his friends. Dinner at Avanti Ristorante is like having dinner with a group of friends or even family, and this is what makes the experience a most memorable one.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "We have been enjoying Avanti's since it opened in the Pennington area. The owners , chef and staff have consistently delvered an outstanding experience over many years. It offers great ambience, friendly and knowledgeable service, and consistently great food. By far the best Italian restaurant in the area (Antimo's Kitchen in Hopewell is also great, but smaller and less formal) and is great either if you are there with a large group or if out for a quiet dinner for 2. Thanks to all: the owners, chef, and staff !"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Avanti is our go to spot for whenever we get a chance to go out for dinner. The food is always excellent and the owners and staff are wonderful. You can't go wrong here!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We've been going to Avanti's for years and are always satisfied. The staff acknowledges us when we arrive, even if we're not at their table. Kathleen always warmly welcomes us also. It's a great place for dinner and to see local folks we don't run into that often."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Food was not only delicious but abundant. Nicely decorated interior. Excellent service. Will be back, next time with some friends."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This was a very good dinner; soup, salad and a delicious pasta entee. It was all very high quality with the usual excellent, attentive service."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Offers a diverse menu of Italian classics. Carbonara was good, much better with more seasoning. Would definitely come back with my wife for another date night dinner, special occasion or otherwise."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "This place was BYOB and had great food. I had Veal Toscano and the appetizer I had was really good. I think the service could have been more attentive, specifically in regards to refilling my drink (water & ice tea), but other than that, the service was good."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was delicious and our waiter was energetic and personable."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed a lovely, delicious Valentine's Day lunch at Avanti's. It was our first time at the restaurant. The ambiance was wonderful, complete with elegant, delicate decorations for the special occasion day. My immediate thought was that I'd like to return to the restaurant at nighttime for a dinner date. The food was very flavorful and just right in portion size. We had an enjoyable lunch and I look forward to dining again at Avanti!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Really enjoyed everything, my only complaint was that I asked twice to have my wine opened and the server never obliged. I came with a White and a Red, red was opened, but she did not open the white. After 2 inquiries, I gave up and just drank the red. Other than this, which was probably just an oversight, I would definitely go back. The food was great, romantic atmosphere, and great variety on the menu"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I've had lunches and dinners here; always +4 stars on the food. This last time was no exception. The roasted chicken was really great."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Tried this restaurant after hearing many many fantastic reviews about food. Food was absolutely great and best part of the experience. Everything we ordered was excellent! Restaurant is very small but quaint in its own way .. hence, very noisy (tables very close together). Only real negative was the service. Our waitress was an older woman who looked like she hated her job and just wanted to go home. Owner came over to table later to greet us which was nice. Then he and the entire staff sat down to eat dinner at a table in the main dining room…granted we were the only ones left in the restaurant but …. Overall, I have mixed emotions about the experience. Would go back again for the food alone and hope for better service experience."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Consistently fabulous. Our favorite "go to" spot. Never disappoints."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Food was just GREAT..........Lunch is next on our list............."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "The food options for a small place were excellent. The salad with the meal was just enough - not too much not too little. The meal portions for lunch were fantastic. Even the list of desserts were enjoyable. We ordered a few and shared amoung the 6 of us for lunch."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "The fish special was excellent. The white fish was cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Avanti is welcoming and cozy. The staff is gracious. My friend and I wanted to catch up on each other's lives before dinner and our waitress gave us all the time we needed before ordering. We shared an appetizer of mussels mezzaluna; it was incredible, the broth had basil and tomatoes in it and we could have made a meal of the mezzaluna alone. The chef likes rich cream sauces. The brandy cream sauce over chicken was good but so rich I took half home. There are plenty of lighter saute sauces to choose from if you're not in the mood for crream. The fish dish choices look very good, but are pricey. Overall, though, the cost is very reasonable and the quality is very good. BYOB"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Great Italian in a cozy setting. BYOB. Service is always great. And the lighting and ambience makes it special."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "It's in our neighborhood so we go. Probably wouldn't make a trek to eat there just due to the price for food mismatch. It is ok just not out of your own area worthy."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "I just had dinner-- a very important meeting- with a business client. I asked for privacy, and boy did I get it. The "library table" off in the back. This was perfect for our highly confidential conversation. The service was excellent and very friendly; the menu selections were superb. We even had a chance to chat with the owner, to thank him personally. I look forward to returning to Avanti."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Fabulous meal. Great wait staff! In a quiet romantic setting. Made friends with the owner who sat with for roughly 30 mins. Made us feel at home. Great atmosphere ! I will be a repeat customer for sure."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "I have never been disappointed in any of my meals, here. I've found them always to be 4+ stars on the quality of their food. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "We have never been to Avanti's where the food has not been consistent, and the service impeccable. It is truly our go-to place."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Bottom line food tastes good, but no signature flavor to remember. ambiance very good. Service OK. Dinner for 4 cost $200 with appetizer, desert, and tip.....BYOB. So, on the expensive side for the experience."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "We love this restaurant and been coming here since it opened. We have never had a bad meal. We just took friends and they will be back again - over and over again! Just like us!!! We have our favorite dishes but are always tempted by the creative specials. You guys do Italian great! Vikki and Mel"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Avanti never disappoints. Once we saw they were on Open Table we easily got a reservation and the food was great as usual. A +++++"
    Dined on 11/23/2013