Avanti
Avanti

Avanti

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.avanti-az.com/
  • Phone: (602) 956-0900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Owner Chef Angiolo Livi & assistant Chef Luis DeOrta
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Avanti's catering division prides itself on creative, logistically executed events you and your guest will enjoy and remember! From large sit-down dinners to informal buffets Avanti has been catering for over 25 years. Authentic Italian dishes, homemade pasta, and hearty Tuscan inspired meats
  • Entertainment: Piano Bar Music


    Guest Bands


    DJ Music for private functions
  • Special Events: Make your Holidays special Reservations Now!
    Great Buffet's the whole family to enjoy!
    Catering yourself? Pick up everything you need at Avanti.
    OR
    Let us make your vision a reality, Full service catering from flowers to linens. Its is our pleasure to serve.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Thomas and 28th Street
  • Public Transit: Picks up and drops off in front of restaurant.
    Complimentary ride service from most hotels
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private Lot in front of restaurant with ample parking and enough room for large buses to turn-around.


    Valet parking is offered.
A word from Avanti
Avanti, a Valley tradition since 1974. . . Dramatic, crisp black and white interiors, candlelight and a quiet atmosphere. Vegetarians and Seafood lovers will be awed by the selections of homemade pasta from deliciously light Gnocchi Alfredo, Eggplant and Meat Lasagna, to seasonal hand crafted Ravioli. Fresh Fish and seafood dishes vary- from a Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail to an Italian crafted Cioppino. Avanti has also garnered numerous awards and accolades for our Ossobucco, said to be the best in town as well as robust steaks and chops (lamb and pork).Enjoy dessert and Cappuccino in the piano bar sweets that are carefully guarded family recipes include, Tiramisu, Cannoli, Creme Brulee with a crunchy burnt sugar crust but if your passionate about chocolate the chocolate mousse is infused with rum and whipped so fluffy and light you'll swear it's heaven sent!
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Avanti reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (36)romantic (28)neighborhood gem (23)fit for foodies (21)good for groups (16)notable wine list (9)great for lunch (5)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Take me back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Some of the best italian food I have had. Everything cooked to perfection.Family owned, very clean. It's easy to see how they have thrived for 40 years. It's a bit pricey but definitely worth it. Great customer service. Got the best complimentary homemade tiramisu for our anniversary. Would recommend to everyone, a must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Iconic restaurants;
    TaitVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    It is always a pleasure to dine at long established Phoenix restaurants as there seem not to be as many around now as before. Having lived in Phoenix about 55 years, it is good to see that Avanti is still on the dining scene with very good food and ambience. With so many places being uncomfortably noisy, it is a most welcome relief to be in the quiet atmosphere of Avanti. The professional staff is also a plus. I hope that it can continue to be a viable restaurant for years to come.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    HappyinGilbert
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We went to Avanti's for our 36th wedding anniversary. The food and service was excellent. We will visit again
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming
    RudyVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Went to this place after reading some rave reviews and was deeply disappointed. The sauces and pasta were just average. The pasta carbonara was highly recommended by the waiter but it did not deliver in taste. Did not complain about it but I only ate 3-4 bites. The waiter again highly recommended the Flan for dessert and again, was just average. Should have known better than to order Flan from what is supposedly an Italian restaurant. Mathis place apparently has been around for a long time., and the decor, food, atmosphere, ambiance, and overall experience is very much the 70's. In an area of robust restaurant options, definitely one you can easily cross off your list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food, Horrible Service
    Mauifun
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This restaurant serves authentic Italian food, actually the best I have ever tasted. The service was absolutely the Worst! We were ignored for 20 minutes at our table, we were never given a menu and we had to ask for a server. When the server arrived, he asked if we were ready and never told us about any specials or anything. We never saw him until we were almost done eating and when he brought our check there was no itemized bill. Would not go back because of such poor service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Surprise
    JJAZ
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    This was an above average dinner & a wonderful surprise. We started with Beef Carpaccio & a better than average Caesar salad. I always feel you can judge an Italian restaurant by their Lasagna... It was a fantastic surprise with multiple layers of thin, hand made pasta... maybe the best I've had in the valley. We also had the Tortellini Pappardelle with braised beef shank ragu. Again, the thin, hand made pasta sheets with a nice portion of a delicious beef shank stew... Both of the mains were rich & homey, the way you would expect from someone paying attention to detail. There is no doubt that I will return. Cheers. JJ
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise dining GEM
    Eccentrie
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The ambience was upscale and reminiscent of Italian restaurants in San Francisco. The waiters were informative and cheerful. The wine list is fabulous! We had the veal Marsala & the pecan encrusted salmon…both were outrageously delicious! I will definitely go back with others who have missed this gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go to place for first timers
    junkman
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This 40 year old establishment just gets better with time. It is our go to place to take friends who enjoy a relaxing Italian place with a flair. We have yet to be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OTMemVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Just fabulous. The escargot appetizer started off the meal very well. It was as good as we have had. The crabcake had an Italian twist with a tomato based sauce, but also very good. The veal parmegiana was incredible -- exceedingly tender and flavorful. My wife had a three pasta appetizer as her meal and the homemade pasta melted in her mouth. Excellent.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful!
    maggie
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Elegant and excellent! Superb! Food quality and presentation far above prices charged. Good wine selection. Service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Great
    LoveFOODVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Great service, good Italian food and nice salads for lunch. A classy place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    ScottsdaledinerVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This restaurant never fails to provide excellent food, service and ambience! I had the chicken Alfredo, and my wife had the parmesan encrusted salmon. Both were delicious. The lettuce wedge with gorgonzola was decadent and tasty. ! The martinis were large and gave the appropriate "kick".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had a perfect time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Wanted to return to an iconic Phoenix restaurant for my birthday. It was great! We were greeted at the door by our waiter who was pleasant welcoming and professional. Our food and Manhattans were great, from the Shrimp Cocktail to the tri-pasta special and New York Strip Steak special. We were visited by the chef and attended to just right. A candle in the birthday cheesecake was the perfect ending. Couldn't have been more enjoyable. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find
    MGHoffy
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Excellent food and service. Truly s great experience
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avanit
    Birthday
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    What can you say about a restaurant that has been in business 40 years, only that it is excellent. The classic white star service, the delicious food, the fact they make you feel special no matter who you are.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Incredible food and service. One of the best Italian restaurants in Phoenix.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent food and service. Was very surprised it was not crowded on a Saturday night, The decor is a little "old school" but very comfprtable---almost felt like Tony Soprano would come through the door. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • doctorwolf
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Have been going to Avanti's since 1981--several visits per week at times. Moved out of the area, but have returned. Best sauces in Phoenix. Outstanding service by "grown-up" staff that do not introduce themselves and make cute remarks throughout lunch or dinner. Top notch place for business lunches, dates, and special occasions--or for no reason at all. Cannot say enough good things about this place, which has withstood every food fad to come down the pike. The carpaccio is still the best I have ever had--anywhere. Not on the lunch menu, but the chef will make it for you specially if you ask.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good as always
    JulieVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We had such great service in the bar while we were having a drink and an appetizer, that we decided to stay there and eat. The food was excellent, and it was an all-around good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This doesn't appear what it really is, but we took the ride and it is by far, the best Italian restaurant in Phoenix. 40 years old, family run and the ambience is awesome!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old-school Chicago Italian Food
    cytodocVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This charming restaurant is tucked away in a so-so neighborhood in central Phoenix. It is a destination restaurant with no other high end places nearby but clearly well-known by those who enjoy good food. This was our first time so tried the restaurant week menu. Their Signature Cesar salad is a great starter. My partner boosted his lasagna was outstanding and the best he ever ate. I enjoyed my Parmesan encrusted salmon with a lemon piccata sauce as well. Dinner was topped off with a delicious egg-custard Flan. All three courses were consistently good and worth the calories.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine dining
    larlar
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Just ate a great meal at Avanti's. The Service and food was first class. However when you come in the front door there is an odor that let's you know that the building has been around awhile. The interior definitely needs updating. But, I am returning because the food and service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable but pricey
    EdandTami
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The service very good, very personable server. Food was good, not great but we enjoyed it. We were there for Restaurant Week so I had one of the packages my wife did not. She had 2 wines and I had 2 beers. We each had an espresso drink and a sambuca. This what we normally do at an Italian Restaurant. The bill was $144 for the 2 of us! $175 with the tip. Not worth that type of bill. There are way 2 many places in Phoenix that you can get better food and similar total add Ons for under $100. Because of that we won't be back except maybe for a Canoli!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    JulieVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I met three of my girlfriends at Avanti for drinks and a bite to eat. The service was awesome, and the food was very tasty. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Kentg
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This was our third visit, still can't find a single thing that's disappointing, feels much like a classy Italian restaurant in Manhattan. The specials are always something that's amazing. Very comfortable setting. The most amazing service from a very charismatic and professional staff. We have been when they are packed and when they only had a couple tables, still a great experience no matter what. Even the humble ceaser salad which seems to be impossible for most restaurants to make well is perfect. If you have a chance you should try them. Great for couples all the way to large groups. And you get dinning credit, you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 501 reviews are from the Avanti reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The two entrees we had didn't seem up to this fine restaurant's usual high standard.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • you don't have to go to Italy
    thesuit
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Better then my grand mother from Naples. The seafood risotto was outstanding. to get Calamari and Scallops to be tender while keeping the shrimp al dente is clearly an art form. My wife and I both had it and we loved it. The service here is great. I drove 100 miles to eat here and I will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A little disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The chicken Alfredo was pretty good, but I requested broccoli be added and only received two pieces. The pasta with clam sauce was very bland, but I took what was left home and added sea salt, crushed red peppers and spices to make it better.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Below average
    Ross
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We were the only customers. Several desert items were anavailable. Overall a very unpleasant experience
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    Karen
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Avanti is always a classic - great service (attentive but not annoying), fantastic food (just right portions that are delicious every time) and an comfortable ambiance (like restaurants used to be - cool, comfortable and relaxing. A Valley classic - we will always make Avanti a go to!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner & Wine Pairing
    Kojak
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My wife and I took advantage of a special dinner and wine pairing that was put on by the Italian Organization. The dinner was 4 courses accompanied by wine. Everything was excellent. Avanti's is always exceptional and we usually have John wait on us. He always takes great care of us and makes sure we are happy. The owner always comes around to check and makes sure that you are taken care of and that your meal is what you expected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kitchen Nightmare
    PhxMSW
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Not going to waste too much time on this review because it was so awful. Bottom line, unless your name is Gordon Ramsey, do not step foot in this restaurant. Our service was fine, but the food was undercooked (they breaded the halibut!??!?), mushy, and tasted several days old. This experience would have been forgettable and/or forgiveable if they weren't also charging $35/plate for the halibut special. So many other restaurants in town that charge less for a better good experience. Bottom line, avoid Avanti.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • R&JTUCSON
    RJTUCSON
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We had late reservations and we were not rushed food was wonderful great waiter, We were the only ones in the restaurant , and were treated very well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Good!
    gator
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The halibut was perfectly prepared and presented. The service was flawless. The decor is very pleasing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and Drinks were Great
    alwaysonthego
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The Martini's were the best, the Salmon appetizer was terrific and the entrée portions were just the right size.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    Traveye
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We have been going for over 9 years. Every time top marks.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster Fest
    leel
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had the lobster special - very good. Excellent martinis too. First class service. We will come back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Avanti
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We live in Upstate NY and every time we travel to Arizona we make sure to fly into Phoenix so that we can eat at Avanti's. It is the BEST Italian food around!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very small portions
    Kdoggg41
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My wife is not a big eater. Always has get a box for leftovers.she finished her entire meal. I left still hungry. Food was good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Four of us dined during restaurant week. Was $30 prix fixe involving 3 courses. Salad and entree came to the table quickly but waited a long time (it seemed) for the dessert. Upon arriving at 545pm it was not busy and quiet but as it got busier the noise level increased to where conversation became tough. Several would've liked to have a bottle of wine with dinner but unable to find a "reasonably" priced ($25-$30) bottle so we all drank waters. The food items were very good, quantity just right, but felt service could have been faster, start to finish was approximately 1 1/2 hours.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.