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Date
Thu, 6/21
Time
7:00 PM
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Avenue Italy Cucina Italiana

4.4
331 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday 4:00pm -10:00pm
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Phone number
(310) 377-3940
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Please call to speak with us about personalized menus.
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Private party contact
Nima: (310) 377-3940
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Catering
We are offering full catering and delivery options!
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Cross street
Hawthorne Blvd
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Parking details
Free parking in the Golden Cove Center
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 331 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined 4 days ago

Caesar salad is now 18$. Prices have increased exponentially! Server said to blame Trump! I will not be returning!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great service, excellent food, another great experience at Avenue Italy.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Wonderful meal and atmosphere. We didn't realize they added pizza to their menu. Will be back for that!

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Staff was great. Food was average Italian. But seemed expensive.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

It was the first time my wife and I had been to this restaurant and we brought our 6 year old daughter along. The staff was very accommodating and the food was delicious. Didn't really have a children's menu but they work with us to try to satisfy my daughter's needs for her appetite she was very happy as where we the servers were knowledgeable and helpful and the food once again was outstanding

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Located in one of the few shopping centers in the Palos Verde peninsula, Avenue is a pleasant option for those who would rather not drive to the surrounding communities. The room is large an adequate, wines limited but well selected (we had an interesting Montepulciano d'Abruzzo), and food good, with some home made pastas. A good local choice not necessarily a place I would go out of my way to visit.

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3.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Everithing had been great till we finished main. They asked about dessert in poor attitude. Also they looked hurry to make us leave even there were some other customers eating. Food was great.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Mother’s Day

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food the best location in so cal
Very good service
Every thing I mean every thing is perfect at Ave Italy restaurant

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother's Day late lunch. Many dishes were over salted. It would be nice to decrease the salt, and allow customer to add to their taste buds.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Prices have gone up, but healthy food alternatives seem hard to find - fresh vegetables not cooked in lots of oil like all the pastas, and more salad choices. Oh yes, and I'd love the octopus salad if the octopus was ever tender. Tried it a few times. The noise level is off the charts when they are busy. I hope they work on these problems because I would like to return.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We were pleasantly surprised to find a high quality Italian restaurant in our own backyard. We were there for a special occasion and they accommodated our party of 8 perfectly. We were so full from the excellent calamari and bruschetta apps and the generous entree portions that we didn't leave room for dessert. Will do so next time as the tiramisu looked amazing. Great wine list and friendly service. We will be back!

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2.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Even though the place was empty, the table we got was extremely small for our party. Service was terrible and slow, did not come to table as often. 20% tip included in the bill was rip off for the bad services. This is the restrant you want to avoid at any occasion.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

We had a lovely dinner. Glad the restaurant is open late!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Joel, our waiter, always takes good care of us. Beet salad is outstanding.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Daughter college graduation dinner!

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great service, a little loud.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Wonderful dinner...above expectations. Wait staff beyond compare...food amazing. Asked for a soup not on menu... no problem...made it for us. Fantastic!

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Space is pretty large, so somewhat noisy at peak hours.

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2018

My husband and I tried Avenue Italy for the first time on our anniversary. We were pleasantly surprised with this restaurant. The food was delicious and our servers were friendly and very attentive. We will be back!

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

This is the 3rd time that we have eaten here and we have always been pleased with the
service and food. I had the linguini and clams which were some of the smallest clams
I have ever seen, but they were tasty. Everyone else at the table seemed pleased with
their selections.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Celebrated my mother in laws birthday, food was great. Always a great visit

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We enjoy the location of the restaurant and the ambiance. The salads and pasta dishes are always great. However, prices continue to go up. The two of us were given two menus with different prices, and when pointed out they said we had to pay the higher price. Martinis are now $15! Ouch!!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

An incredible meal, enjoyed by all. Was seated right away and the service was on par.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We had 2 dogs and they accommodated us quite nicely.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

always good food and attentive service. we enjoy the wide variety of selections that still keep within the authenticity of the food. we really appreciate the variety of the selections while still maintaining the authenticity of the menu.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great dinner, classic Italian comfort food. Bread could have been fresher. I would definitely recommend this place to others. Has a nice family fell to it and the food was really good.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great swordfish picatta! Waiter followed our request not to rush our evening, it was perfect. Even gave my husband some extra pasta!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

This was our fourth dining experience. Early dining opt for a nicer table choice, very welcoming. Calamari is excellent, one of the best! Osso Buco was very tasty, not salty. VService very attentive. Will dine again.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

I love this restaurant. The waiters are wonderful and the food is outstanding. The only Italian restaurant that I know that has veal milenaise.

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1.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Our table wasn’t ready for our 7pm reservation. Hostess informed us that the restaurant was busy, that several 2 person tables had come in before us. She offered a table in a high traffic area that was unacceptable. It was rude that we were informed that our reservation would not be honored because others had arrived before us. The implication was that we were unimportant and should be satisfied with either waiting or for a sub par table. A man intervened and we were able to be seated promptly after I informed her I felt unwelcome and we would leave. What’s the point of booking a reservation on busy night to be treated like this? Our server was excellent, the food was great but we will not be returning.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

excellent as always! the food is always delicious, price are right and always able to find a reservation for special occasions with open table.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Dined here a few times before...always 5-stars. Bit pricy but always worth it for the food and ambiance. Service is usually excellent. The runners and the hostess are always polite and inviting. My wife and I dined at this loc on Valentines 2/14/18. We sat at a nice table in the back of the restaurant, near the kitchen window. The waiter (who shall remain nameless) was rude, extremely pushy and verbally short towards us and others he was serving. It was evident, as we all looked at each other in amazement. I hope this was just a “one-off” as this is a nice restaurant and would not want to see them lose customers.

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3.0Dined on February 12, 2018

The food was okay, not great. The hostess was great! Our waiter was terrible!!! Unfortunately I don't have his name. He was grumpy, forgetful, not friendly, and nowhere in site after we ordered our food. Basically, he was not there - either in person or in thought.

My friend very clearly ordered the Ave Italy Salad which he proceeded to ask if she'd like a different dressing on the side rather than the one she'd asked for because the one she wanted didn't go with beets. Problem was that she didn't order the beet salad. But because he wasn't paying attention, he wrote down the wrong salad! And, by the way, she said it wasn't really all that tasty. I had the Quattro Stagione Pizza. It was okay. If they continue to keep this waiter, they should really think about training him MUCH better!

So, the food problems weren't even the biggest problems. After we placed our order and got our meal, which was brought to us by someone other than our waiter, we didn't see our waiter again until right before we left and even then he NEVER came over to our table to see if we needed anything or to give us the check, or to explain what was going on. We had to ask the bus boys for more water as well as the check!!!

There was a problem at the restaurant while we were there - the power went out. It caused the credit card machine to stop working. Did our waiter come over and tell us this? No! And neither did any else! A while after we finished our dinner and NOBODY came to check on us or to tell us what was going on, we told the hostess we needed our check. Somebody, not our waiter, came over and explained what was going on and gave it to us. Either his name or our waiter's is Filiberto which is the name on the check.

What it has going for it is that it's a beautiful, romantic venue. And I'm sure that the majority of the wait staff are great. However, we unfortunately did not have a good experience because of our bad waiter.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a reservation for Saturday night for a birthday celebration. Unfortunately the restaurant also had a big party and something happened to our reservation where we ended up having to wait half an hour for our table. No one explained to us exactly what happened, but they did what they could do to get us a table as quickly as possible. It was our first time there so we didn't know how crowded the restaurant would be; we thought we would be safe with the reservation. But the food was very good and the service was fine. We will probably return but definitely not on a weekend and we will make sure to eat a little before we get there in case this happens again. It would have been nice to get an apology and explanation for what happened.

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2.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Dreadful food, very rushed, over priced. A good Chardonnay Called Laguna.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Our waiter was Freddie, whose friendliness & attention made for a wonderful evening!!!
When we arrived for our 6 p.m. reservation, the restaurant was VERY noisy, so we took a high top table right at the window away from a large, loud group. The service was excellent (Freddie!!), the food was divine, & the Italian wine was one of our favorites!!! My husband had a made to order risotto, while I had a special, the Mediterranean Sea Bass with double vegies , as I didn't want any potatoes. Our appetizer was a Caprese salad that also included eggplant. Yummy!!!!

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Our server did his very best but they were totally under staffed and it took all most an hour to get our dinner to us
Will never return to this over rated restaurant

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Sax was much to loud to allow conversation

I had the special which was haddock. Perfectly cooked with tasty caper/lemon sauce. The brussels sprout appetizer was not as good.

Service was good. Our waiter anticipated requirements and refilled drinks frequently without being asked

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1.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Never seen a restaurant FORCE FITTING tips via iPad even for 2 people dining. Must STOP this practice.

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