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

Avenue Italy Cucina Italiana Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.avenueitaly.com
  • Email: avenueitaly@gmail.com
  • Phone: (310) 377-3940
  • 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: Italian, Contemporary 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 (310) 377-3940

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

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This is our favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant. The staff is wonderful, particularly in recommendations - follow them!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I was visiting from the east coast last Christmas. This restaurant had good food, nice ambience and quite good service. Problem is: I left a $100 jacket there accidentally and didn't realize it until I was boarding my plane home. I called the restaurant and they agreed to FedEx it to me. When the jacket did not arrive, I called them just to hear they still had it but had not sent it yet. I was promised by the manager it would be sent. After numerous phone calls (my favorite was "the manager is busy, can he call you back?"; never called back) and broken promises, the jacket never arrived, and it is three months later. Would you go to any business establishment who treats their "valued" customers this way? I sure wouldn't."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "While we liked the ambience, the rest of our dining experience was so-so at best. Ordered a beer, which was on the list and they were out of it. Ordered another from the list and the waiter came back and said they were also out of that one. "The bartender forgot to order it." Drank water instead. While my pasta was very good, (capellini) as was my ceasar salad, my friends' pasta, penne arrabiata, was unpalatable. Over spiced and way too salty. He didn't bother saying anything to the waiter at this point. This location is so nice and I would love to have a local place to go but unfortunately, I'm still waiting for them to get it together."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This was our first time dining @ Ave Italy and was excited that Osso Bucco was the Friday special. One would expect that the special of the day would be great but very disappointing.... meat was tough and hard to chew. They were nice to replace it. It tasted better but not as good as I expected. Other than the Osso Bucco our overall experience was very good and we would come back again."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Our large monthly dining group really appreciatted receiving separate checks for each couple and individual, which is always a consideration in our choice of restaurants. Smaller salads should be offered as accompanments to entrees. The mussels were fine but the sauce was too salty. My tastes would prefer some tentacles with the calamari. Also the amount of dippimg sauce was too little for the quantity of squid. Tastier sauce wou7ld have been appreciated, and more lemon would be great. Grated cheese wasn't offered for pasta, nut had to be requested. Likewise, although there were no pepper shakers on the table, ground pepper was not offered for the salads."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Food was top notch. Probably the best bruschetta I have ever had. Penne pasta with vodka sauce was also excellent. Only "issues" was our server charged us for the more expensive bottle of wine even though we were served the less expensive wine that we requested. We all got the feeling that this was intentionally done and I never feel this. Sad when you MUST to look closely at the check. Also, we did feel rushed through our meal although there were open tables."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "No corkage fee on Monday and Tuesdays, indoor and outdoor seating, delicious Italian food."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "We had a nice dinner at this little spot near Terranea. Authentic Italian food, good service and reasonable prices. If I lived there, I would be back!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Not many good restaurants in Palos Verdes, so this place is a relative gem, great soups, good pasta, nice selection on the menu and decent wine list"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Our waiter , John, was very attentive. His suggestion was very good, too."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "2nd time to dine here; great food for all 3 of us; good wine; but noise was quite excessive and service was a bit slow - due to a busy Sat night. Once the 6:00 o'clock crowd thinned out the noise level improved. Good place for dinner just not too romantic or good for business if you want to talk."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was amazing. From start to finish the service was great. Went for Valentine's day and my fiance felt the great service."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We have returned to this restaurant numerous times and I have not had a dish I didn't like. The lentil soup is hearty and healthy, pastas are tasty and are always cooked al dente! Although not what I would call "kid-friendly," there are some good options for kids on the menu. And there is an option for outdoor seating (bring a jacket, even in summer) where your kids can get up and walk around the fountain area without bothering other diners. Wine selection is ok, but we always opt to bring our own. Service is not the fastest, but if you come with a leisurely dining experience in mind, it won't bother you. We'll be back."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Although the service and servers were very attentive, we felt rushed. We ordered the appetizer, fried calamari was outstanding, and it appeared about 5 minutes after we ordered it. The waiter asked for our order during the appetizer and we ordered. Before we finised the calamari, they brought out the entrees. We "wrapped-up" dinner in less than 1 hour. I understand that the customer can control the timing and flow of the service, but I expect the wait staff to provide an enjoyable and relaxing flow to the meal. Having said that, Ave Italy remains one of our favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the mostly Italian wine list. I felt like I was in Italy! The pastas are very simple and definitely large enough to share. I highly recommend the beet salad with dried cranberries."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "tried chef nima's seafood soup and it is tremendous! Once gain had the porcini risotto it was excellent. this place is a incredible value for money while delivering the highest quality meal"
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "I was a little concerned about going on New Year's Eve, but I needn't have been. We were promptly greeted and seated on the nearly fully enclosed patio (it was a bit cool, but not on the patio). Service was very friendly but a little harried, not surprising considering the night. The place was busy and bustling, but not overly noisy outside. Food was quite good: I had a veal chop special, which was excellent (but I should have asked the price—$50!) and my wife had a seafood pasta which she enjoyed. In the past, we have come with friends with special needs, and have always been well taken care of. All in all, a good "go to" place."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I had been to this local restaurant on 2 prior occasions. I thought it would be perfect for Christmas Eve. My party of 6 was escorted to the back outdoor patio to a table suitable for 4. I asked for an alternative and the hostess just said "I'm so sorry". We passed many larger tables on our way out to the patio, but I assumed they were reserved. They remained empty during our entire dinner. We pushed a few tables together for a more comfortable dining experience. Unfortunately, our appetizer was served cold, my first salad and entree choices were not available (at 6pm!) and my fish was soggy and drenched in oil. Finally, the dessert canolli was so hard that when I cut it with my knife, it shattered and spread all over the table."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "great evening by chef nima again. Excellent amatriciana sauce with a perfect al dente pasta. Try the sauted spinach in oil and garlic too. The lentil soup is the best"
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "We had our three grown children and their spouses for dinner there for our annual Christmas dinner minus the grandchildren. Appetizers were good, great calamari. The entrees were very good, but the service was what stood out that evening. Our waiter was busy handling the large parties including ours, but he was very attentive and keen on ensuring our comfort and satisfaction of the restaurant. Our children and their spouses enjoyed the evening and liked the meal."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Eight of us met for a holiday dinner! Attentive service, perfect round table! Decent food. Good Pinot noir! Chef came out to meet us, and basically said he would accommodate anything we wanted if he had the ingredients!"
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "This restaurant has a very well known chef and I expected more. The noise level was horrible. I could hardly hear my friends across the table. The linguina al mer had chili flakes and there was no mention of this in the menu description. My friend checca had chili it in as well. This was not mentioned in the menu. The eggplant parmesan was tasteless. Not at all up to the standard that we expected."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "While attending a conference in the area we were referred to Avenue Italy Cucina Italiana by another attendee. We made reservations on the same day. When we arrive we were warmly greeted and offered three different table options. This was great because my dinner-mate would have been upset had we been seated at the small table just at the entrance. There is a great bar. The place is energetic. If you are looking for a quiet environment, this is not it. However, it was not so loud that you could not carry on a conversation. The service was good, the food was excellent. Great flavors. Big portions. I was looking at a bottle of wine in the $70-95 range and when asked the waiter recommended a much less expensive bottle! Love it!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "A little pricey for a neighborhood Italian. They have good food . But need to lighten up on the sauces. Pasta should not be drowned."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "The chef Nima has a great expertise with this dish. the finish that he used on this dish is incredible. If you are nice he can create something for you too. He has a lentil soup that is the same as grandmom would make back in the day. It is always creative as was my risotto sparigi last Thursday evening. Eaten with a glass or ronero arneis which was a perfect accompaniment. Very attentive service from John and Abel too. You too will feel like a player in this house. A bella note awaits you in this establishment. I find that every ingredient is of the highest quality. On my next visit I will finally try the pasta. Until the giovedi promxima Ciao"
    Dined on 11/7/2013