Avanti Italian Bistro and Bar

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$30 and under
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Italian
A highly elegant and new Italian bistro with many years of background, providing refreshing italian cuisine under supervision of Italian / french Master Chef Marco D"arsi. You will enjoy our exquisite dishes along with specialty wines or crafted martini/cocktail near our cozy fireplace or on the elevated patio. You would feel as if you are dining in a most decorative luxury cruise liner dinner hall.
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SG
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every thing is healthful and made with attention on quality. The Branzino, seafood pasta in red sauce, lamb shank were all delicious. Salads came with a light layer of dressing and fresh greens. We enjoyed the meal.

CM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance — delicious food! Attentive to special requests. Will be back soon!

LL
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good bread and soup. Spaghetti was ivercioked but deuce was tasty and meatballs good.

JS
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic Old School Italian restaurant with all the favorites, beautifully prepared, and served. I particularly liked the meatballs, which were just as my grandmother cooked them. The night we went wasn't busy, but I hope it's very busy most evenings because Avanti is worth your time and money. Bravi!!

SG
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good quality food with reasonable prices and large portions. Good neighborhood restaurant

o
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Salads were excellent, entrees were alright.
Service was good.

P
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Avanti is always a reliable place for good, simple Italian food. They serve a complimentary basket of breads which may include flatbread, breadsticks, and their famous garlic knots. Hubby had angel hair with shrimp, simply prepared with fresh chopped, peeled, tomatoes, garlic, and basil. I had the chicken piccata. I try to eat gluten-free, so the side of pasta was replaced by a perfectly cooked medley of vegetables, which complimented the lemon/mushroom sauce. We had to rush home, so no dessert this time (really didn’t have room for it anyway). Always good.

BS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lamb risotto was fabulous! Wonderful service and food. We'll be back!

IJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The first time we went and the food and service were good and we didn’t get charge for warm water. This time we feel the service was slow and waiter charged us $2 for each warm water. In fact, we only ordered one warm water and realized the bill was charged for 3 cups when I got home. Very disappointing experience especially we invited 2 more families with us this time.

l
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Avanti is a special place for my wife and me. The food is very good, the service is appropriate, not in your face but always there and it's close to our home.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food! Attention to flavors, textures, presentation. Excellent service. Yum!!

JS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely beautiful ambience. Classy. Tasteful. Food was above and beyond expectations. I had the best gluten-free pizza I have ever had in my life. And I'm picky. The food is fresh, high quality, and amazing. I highly recommend this place for extraordinary food, fabulous ambience, great service, and an overall pleasant experience. This restaurant would be great for special occasions and romantic dates. Lovely. Parking was easy. In a quiet neighborhood.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!!

A
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a return customer. Great food. Great place

S
Nashville
31 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The location is ok, the building and interior is really nice. The service was prompt, but nothing special in terms of explanations or suggestions. The tables for 2 are on the small side. The food disappointed on my side; was good, but nothing exceptional on my partner’s side. I always have the generic pasta, in this case the Angel Hair with diced tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and basil, when going to a new Italian restaurant. This was one step up from bland, an over cooked, stewed tomatoes, pasta murdered blend that was on level below good and definitely nothing special. Other menu items looked interesting, but if this is an example of how they cook the rest of the offerings, I’m not anxious to return. Since my partner’s experience was ok, and the wine was good, I’ll probably return again, if only because I like the room so much.

E
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great find, one we'll return to. The one small drawback is entirely beyond Avanti's control - its location affords diners a panoramic view of a gas station on one corner and a tire store on another. Concentrate on the fine food, service, and room instead, and you'll feel like you're in a more scenic spot.

NA
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I had a great time!! The service was excellent, very attentive! Wine selection is great!!

D
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was wonderful. Every dish he recommended was over-the-top delicious; the wine was fabulous. I was there for a business lunch and appreciated that we could all hear each other without having to talk over tvs or loud music. I wish I lived closer as I would eat here more often!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service...will return soon. Great gluten free options.

JA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was great.

DC
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent happy hour including after 8:30 pm.

SM
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I had a wonderful lunch at Avanti -- fantastic food, service, and value. Each of us ordered off the lunch menu, and were very pleased with our meals: pasta was tasty and cooked to perfection, the seafood risotto (a daily special) was flavorful and well balanced, and the chicken was delicious. Salads were crisp and fresh, the soup of the day was delicious, and the chocolate mousse cake had just the right balance of cake, mousse, and cookie crust. The service was attentive and friendly. We really appreciated the server's knowledge of the menu and enthusiastic recommendations.

SG
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed with the Caesar salad and dinner bread which are non greasy and flavorful. The seafood risotto was excellent and very reasonably priced. Will definitely go back.

E
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visit this restaurant when I am in Pasadena very good service , food and staff

S
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always faithful with a delicious meal and great service. We come here often.

WD
New England
24 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine restaurant which serves Italian cuisine and pizzas. It's good for a romantic evening as well as family gatherings. From being greeted at the front door to being served at the table, there is a lot of attention to detail and service.

f
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A little lackluster ... tolerable food, but not great. Service friendly, but slow.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is excellent. The beef bolognese is delicious. Our server was very considerate of our timing, as we were heading to a play after dinner. The tables for two tend to be very close together and it’s a bit noisy, but well worth it.

DM
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

One should not have to ask for a pasta spoon at an authentic Italian restaurant! This was our second visit to Avanti. The first time was good. The second time left us to continue our search for the ultimate Italian restaurant in Pasadena. Things began to be bad upon entrance. The owner is not welcoming at the front desk. Supremely lacking in ebullience, he made us wait while he sat others who did not have reservations. The signature cocktail, which I remembered as being quite good, was overly bitter. The A team barman must have had the night off. The service throughout our time at the restaurant was inconsistent, due to the fact that we had no less than six, maybe seven servers. One brought us water. Another brought us oil and vinegar. A third brought us bread. One took our order, yet another delivered our order. I ordered pasta. The young lady who delivered the pasta did so without a pasta spoon, although spoons were plentiful in a bowl to the left of where she picked up the order. The food was very bad. My angel hair pasta with chicken was a total disaster. The pasta was overcooked and soggy. The diced tomatoes were out of a can. There were eight small round processed chicken nuggets that were tasteless, buried in the angel hair. The salmon that was ordered was not fresh. On another note, if one is to have the bistro type kitchen facing the diners, please tell the "chefs" to doff the baseball caps and don chef toques and white kerchiefs. At least then, the ambiance would be improved in an otherwise dismal dining experience.

BT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You really have to try the Steak. And the Salmon. And the Martinis.

AO
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great overall experience and will definitely be back.... looking forward to this second visit!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the place , great food and service . Girlfriend and i definitely will be back. .

e
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Usually this place is great all around but unfortunately my last visit was a little disappointing. Waiter forgot it was my daughter's birthday and brought her dessert without the sparklers and singing. The dessert is not complimentary for days either. Also, the ice tea tasted stale. Veggie sliders are usually yummy were bland. I'm hoping it was just an off night. Still reccomend but maybe not as bday celebration.

JS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I went with my husband and another couple. We had a great time. The food the service and atmosphere was great. I will go again with more friends and will recommend it to others. I love the bar. We had a drink at the bar while waiting for our friends to arrive.

c
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice restaurant with good Italian fare. The location is on a large street, but the building has lots of large glass windows, and it looks pretty upscale. There's a fireplace at one end, and the ambience is nice.
Does get a little bit loud, but nothing bothersome. Check-in was a little slower, but service was good. I really enjoyed Di Mare (clams and tiger prawns in a white wine sauce) and calamari were good. Beef Bolognese and Lasagna were just so-so. I have a feeling the red sauce pastas are not as good as the lighter white/wine sauces. Didn't get to try non-pasta dishes as we were craving pasta, but there's pizza and meat entrees available. We had mentioned we were there for a birthday, but restaurant did not offer any celebratory gestures.

SK
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

the ambiance, service and food were all great...as well as the wine choices.

M
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The evening got to a rocky start. Our reservation was for 6:30 pm but did not get seated until 6:50pm. The guy managing the seating was having a rough time. However, once we got seated everything was fantastic. The food and waiter were excellent! The food was so delicious and savory. We will return on much less crowded night.

FC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

They have a service issue. Third time here in 2 years. Seating is always a miscommunication between 2 really old people who don't seem to care . Additionally, our waiter was very distracted and ruined part of our dining experience.

RZ
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the first time on Valentine's Day and although they did not have a la carte, their prefix menu had very nice options leaving my wife and I very satisfied! Service was a little thin at first because of the rush but they quickly regained control and were very nice as well as very professional. From the bar to the kitchen and servers all were on top of their game! My only recommendation is that they need new blood at the host/hostess station. The couple running the hosting were nice but lacked energy and seemed a little flustered at times but very nice overall. I shall return!!!

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Extremely disappointing. Upon arrival we found that if you made a reservation with open table you were considered a second class customer. We were seated at a patio (outside) table with temperature in the 50’s. Flame heater were ineffective. Asked to be reseated, we were told nothing available, we walked out and on our way noted over 10 unoccupied inside tables. We have been eating at Avanti for years but leadership has changed and it is now on our “no go “ list.