Avenue Italy Cucina Italiana
Avenue Italy Cucina Italiana
  • Address:
    31243 Palos Verdes Drive West
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
    Neighborhood:
    Rancho Palos Verdes / Rolling Hills Estates
  • Cuisine:
    Italian
    Price: $30 and under

Avenue Italy Cucina Italiana

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.avenueitaly.com/
  • Phone: 3103773940x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday 4:00pm -10:00pm
    Brunch: Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Italian, Pizzeria
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call to speak with us about personalized menus.
  • Private Party Contact: Nima 3103773940x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hawthorne Blvd
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking in the Golden Cove Center
A word from Avenue Italy Cucina Italiana
Benvenuto!

Our Chef Mario Zanetti, originally from Piemonte, Italy has been in the fine dining industry for more than 25 years. During his prestigious career, Mario has been the Lead Chef for La Stada Restaurant in Los Angeles, as well as owned his own very successful restaurant in Orange County.

Now his unsurpassed expertise can be shared with you at Avenue Italy, where you will find a welcoming atmosphere and freshly prepared food by the expert and his team.
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Avenue Italy Cucina Italiana reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (27)romantic (17)good for groups (16)special occasion (15)great for outdoor dining (14)great for lunch (11)scenic view (10)fit for foodies (9)notable wine list (9)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Amazing food, service was superb.
    Weluv2eatout
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Had the chicken piccata which was excellent. It was tender and flavorful. Restaurant was very busy on Friday night. They have an outdoor area but it feels isolated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummmm
    Thedoll
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Avenue Italy is just down the road from us and we like bringing house guests here. Our server Dandy was wonderful. We all ordered specials and they were delicious, especially the lamb. The portions were just right in size.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nbruce
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This restaurant would be rated much higher by me if they had some booths, could eliminate the noise factor in the dining room and had a liquor license. Eating on the patio was great and both the food and service was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to par
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We've enjoyed Avenue Italy many times, but this time was way off. I'm wondering if they have a new chef? Had the same meal I've ordered several times and had to send it back. We were very disappointed because this had been one of our favorite spots for dinner.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not that impressed
    Ferrari
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The restauraunt is beautiful. The table settings were lovely. The server was plesant but did not give us the attention we deserved. He did not write down our order so our food came out wrong. He did not refill our wine glasses. The food was expensive and not that tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice spot
    iheartfood
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I came here on a Thursday evening for dinner with my mom. The ambiance is really nice. It's a large space with an open patio area. We shared the Burrata del Pastore for an appetizer, and for entrees I ordered the Chicken Rollatini and my mom had the fish special. Everything was delicious! As mentioned in other reviews, service IS slow, but we were enjoying our wine and conversation so it wasn't an issue. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Home-y Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    6 of us went here for dinner. Food, service, and atmosphere were great. Exactly what we wanted for a Sunday night.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Italian restaurant
    Porsedin
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Opened just recently but a huge success with local community. The food is unmistakenly Italian. Go and try for yourself - has the whole package.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very authentic Italian flavors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We truly loved our meal, everything was delicious! I had the branzino, it was the best I have ever had, and the portion was very generous. My husband had the lamb chops, and he said they were perfect! We had great service and a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unimpresseddiner
    Unimpresseddiner
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The service was horrible. Although we had reservations, they first tried to put us at a table right inside the front door where there were people waiting and plenty of traffic. Next they put us at a small table that was literally 6 inches from the back of the heads of the people sitting at an adjacent table. We requested to move and ended up at a table that was jammed between other tables. We got the feeling that they were trying to cram as many diners into the restaurant as possible. After about 15 minutes, the waiter finally came over and we ordered a drink. After about 45 minutes, the waiter finally returned to our table. We asked for our check and left. One drink and no meal. Very unsatisfactory experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent
    foodforlife75
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My friend and I had lunch here for the first time. I hhad heard about this place for a long time but unfortunately never had the chance to go to Avenue italy. The food was amazing. The service was perfect and professional. I will definitely come back and I will tell everyone I know to give this place a try. Thank you chef, thank you avenue Italy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK....
    dsh2u
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We were in the area and had dinner here. We don't live in this area. I had read mixed reviews on this place. The service was pretty good but the food was just OK. We did have dinner at 9pm and so the restaurant was fairly empty at that hour. I am not sure I would return if I lived in the area. For the price, the food should have been better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awful Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Our waiter Freddie was poor on many levels as our beer and wine sat idle for a long time while salad and appetizers came and went before finally asking about the delay. They were sitting on the bar waiting to be picked up all that time. Entree's were brought out one at a time taking so long that my Veal Dish which came out first was cold by the time the last dish of Pasta was delivered. We were asked for our desert order before the table was even cleared from our entrees. Specifically, the boards used to keep the pizzas on were left while Desert was served. Lastly, my plan to leave a 10% tip was thwarted as I received the mandatory 18% gratuity added on to my check for our group of 7. Yes, this may be customary but it's not posted anywhere.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stuffy and not kid friendly
    foodloverinpv
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We took my daughter here for her graduation because she wanted caesar salad. Making a reservation for us and our 4 kids was a snap. The decor is wonderful. The service not so. They gave us a small basket of bread - for 4 hungry kids and we had to ask for a refill. The waiter was not very friendly, and acted like we were a bother because we could not quickly figure out our order (there is no kids menu and we have young children). The food was OK, though overpriced for what it is. Like the bread, there no offer to refill my duaghter's soda which was more than half ice. To top it off, our small group of 6 was charged an automatic gratuity. I understand why the waiter did not work hard to serve us. He knew his tip was in the bag.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent restaurant
    RegularVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    There are not that many good restaurants arount the RPV area, so we were pleased when Avenue Italy opened. Th efood is good and reasonably priced. If they would give Open Table points for dining I may have rated them a "4" across the board...hint hint to management. :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • overall good meal
    luv2wineandine
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    When we first came here, we were overjoyed to find an Italian place that offered tasty gluten free pasta and pizza. Tasty being the key word. Being gluten-intolerant, I have given up a lot of food that I love, especially most Italian food. The flavor of the food was delicious and the wine list is decent. Service is slow so if you are looking for a leisurely dining experience, it's fine. Only issue I have is that they don't offer gluten-free pizza and pasta all the time so it's hard to make a reservation and count on eating there, which is a bummer since we really enjoy their food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 68 reviews are from the Avenue Italy Cucina Italiana reviews archive.
  • Consistently Good
    Rosie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Busy Mother's Day crowd. There is noise, but more about being a part of something than intrusive. I had the lamb chops. Nicely done. I enjoy exploring their Italian wines. Our wait staff, John had been there for 14 hours and was still providing excellent service. The bar has a lot of energy and would be a good spot to have dinner or appetizers.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day
    AJC1950
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a great time. The staff was friendly and professional. The outdoor eating area was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I'd go back!
    GoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We went with a group of 11 and had a great time. The waiters were helpful and the food was really good. Everyone enjoyed their meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third time's a charm!!
    LSez
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    That's how many chances they've had with us to rectify this lame excuse for an Italian restaurant! Only thing about it that can be recommendd is to NOT bother.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ricki
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We were there on a very windy night and were seated in the "tent" which was very windy but it was quieter than the rest of the restaurant which was very noisy
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • de filippo vincenzo
    vincenz0VIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Tremendous risotto with asparagus and fresh tomato. Excellent service from professionally trained waiters. This restaurant has an excellent wine list but also offers fine wines by the glass. You can even request items off the menu. The chefs are very creative. Best of all you will feel the quality and the value for your money You don't be insulted by outrageous prices. I have done here over 25 times is the past year and it is consistently at a high standard.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Mimi
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Great food, excellent service, food was served correctly, timing was perfect. We will return.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easter Lunch - Avenue Italy Cuchina
    HappyBelly
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had to find a place for an extended family Easter lunch after a family member became ill and the original plans to have lunch at their house fell through. My sister-in-law found this place on Open Table and since the reviews and location were good, we took a risk. Everyone was happy with their lunch! It's not always easy to please a large group, but everyone found something on the menu they were happy with and it was all so very delicious. The waiter was wonderful! He was able to make some suggestions and asked the chef to accommodate a few of us with dietary restrictions. They can do paleo, dairy free, nut free. Nice large window so you can watch the staff cook. We will definitely head back to this restaurant again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really nice dining experience
    DavesReview
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We had a great meal and enjoyed the special service provided by our waiter and bus people. I always try the Spagetti and Meatballs the first time I visit an Italian Restaurant with the assumption that if they do that well probably everything else on the menu will be good as well. I was not disappointed- The S & MB's were excellent and the salad shared with my wife was very tasty and enough for the two of us. We will be back-frequently.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great neighborhood restaurant
    AnonymousPVresident
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We've been going here since they opened and have not had a bad meal. Service is friendly, prompt, and courteous. Specials are always interesting and worth considering. We usually bring our favorite bottle of wine, but the wine list is interesting and will probably have something you like.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A nice surprise
    Karen
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Looking for something other than the standard Italian fare, we decided to try Ave Italy and were justly rewarded! Our food was absolutely outstanding, we had excellent and attentive service, the room is beautifully decorated and cozy with a lovely ambience, and it was just an overall very relaxing experience with delicious food. Our table had the sea bass specials they were offering that night, two different salads and a marguerita pizza. All excellent, and a nice wine as well. Would highly recommend this restaurant and looking forward to our next visit. Tiramisu for dessert was YUM! A surprise to find a restaurant of this caliber on the hill, which oddly doesn't have a lot of outstanding restaurants. This place is a winner!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and good service!
    savvyone
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My boyfriend and I are always looking for new/great restaurants to try. Reservations helped get a good table almost as soon as we walked in the door. Fried calamari was good, but not as crispy as I like it, however; I am very particular about what I eat and how it is prepared. Our server was attentive but did not rush us through each course. The beet salad was outstanding. The veal dish was okay- not quite enough meat for my boyfriend and it was prepared so - so. The only thing really missing for us was a Martini before dinner but the wine suggested by our server was outstanding. We will definitely return and I would like to have a girls night out soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Find.
    NateinVegas
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This place was discovered by my partner and myself one morning as we were frequent visitors of Yellow Vase bistro in front of Avenue Italy Cucina Italiana. It was a good thing that they allow pets in the patio section or we would have never tried it. We always travel with our small dogs. This place was amazing. The food is out of this world. The Seafood soup is fantastic. The server Abel was great. He made sure we had bread, coffee and even water for the puppies. I will definately make this one of my regular spots when in the area. We will also bring friends from out of town. Can't get much better views that what you have here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so, but very NOISY!
    BonsaiDancers
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Serving sizes enormous - plan on one portion feeding two (unless you're feeling gluttonous). Priced like Chez Melange, but food quality and portion sizes more like Bucca di Beppo. No attempt to dampen sounds.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just like home Italian Food
    PVLocal
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    This was a great place to hold our little dinner party - energetic atmosphere, great food, just like from home town in Italy - would recommend to everyone - great to have a nice local restaurant in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • finally after several visits
    vincenz0VIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    finally after several visits I tried the pizza. It was made in an excellent European style. Fantastic as if I had ordered it in Italy. Another great evening with excellent service by John.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My seafood was fresh and tasty
    Judy
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    My seafood was fresh and tasty and my friend liked her lasagna. A welcome addition to PV where there is a dearth of good restaurants.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and Service
    PV2RB
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    The food was amazing. My husband and I went for brunch and we were blown away. Joel, our server, took great care of us. Can't wait to go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Little Italy by the Ocean
    CocoPuffz
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Fabulous little gem near the ocean with great food and romantic atmosphere. The hostess sat us immediately upon arrival and the wait staff were very attentive to our needs.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is our favorite neighborhood
    SweetDaddy
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    This is our favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant. The staff is wonderful, particularly in recommendations - follow them!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining in Italy on the Peninsula
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Italy Cucina Italiana is clearly a gem! Our first time. Service was truly outstanding. Food - as I remembered in Italy. Reservations are a must, even when moderately full, or you will wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new neighborhood find!
    Appreciativefoodie
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Avenue Italy is relatively new and the chef and staff are eager to please. Had the clam linguine and it was perfect as it was light and clean in taste. The clams were fresh and the amount of clam juice was proportionate to the amount of pasta. Fresh herbs in all the dishes were a plus. The branzino fish seems to be on the daily special list often and is light and delicious with lemons and capers. They are a bit heavy handed with their olive oil in finishing a dish presentation. Ask them to make a mushroom risotto and your heart will cry out for more. The portions were a bit large for me but I'm certain the neighborhood dictates that perimeter in irder to ensure regular repeat business. Bravo Chef and I shall return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wish it was Better
    mopasghetti
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The waiter kept forgetting to follow up. No oil & vinegar with the salad, no butter when requested, no parmesan cheese on our pasta. He spent more time trying to look busy than actually working his section. It's all about the service and this was weak.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A local Italian treasure!
    DrMac
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This neighbor restaurant has excellent food and wonderful service. It's a little touch of Italy in Palos Verdes. This was my 4th visit - each meal has been delicious. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.