AVVIO

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$30 and under
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Italian
Avvio embodies the essence of everyday Italian dining; a place where friends and family gather, share laughs and celebrate milestones. As always, the Newport Restaurant Group’s focus on simple ingredients are on display, sourced both locally and directly from Italy. Prepared with distinct, yet traditional cooking techniques, Avvio’s menu feature inspired Italian classic dishes along with Neapolitan pizzas and a wood-fired grill.
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TH
New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service phenomenal, atmosphere was great!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place !!

AVVIO
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you!

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f
New England
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was great but they had run out of a favorite menu item - the butternut squash ravioli. Apparently there had been a missed delivery.

Second choice was good but not what I was craving.

G
New England
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food with emphasis on quality and service excellence. Plenty of free parking and the restaurant had a nice vibe.

AVVIO
Responded a day ago

Thank you Ginny! We are glad you enjoy it here and we look forward to serving you again in the future.

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MF
New England
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food.

AVVIO
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you!

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MM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly nice atmosphere i could our conversation food was delicious

AVVIO
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Marlene! We are very happy you enjoyed.

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J
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and delicious food and excellent service.

AVVIO
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you James! Glad you enjoyed.

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G
New England
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick lunch today. As we have come to expect, all was very good. Only issue, first time, received an email from open table that our reservation had been cancelled. Called avvio to resolve and it did not. I had to contact open table myself to resolve. They were quite busy that afternoon, so I give them a pass. Always enjoy our meals here, great food, good selection and service is always top notch.

JC
New England
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food at Avvio. The wait staff is wonderful and the manager attentive

AVVIO
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you James! That's wonderful to hear. We are glad you enjoy it here and we look forward to your next visit.

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A
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Disappointed in the chicken marsala I had on Saturday - very spicy and salty. Not like what I have had there in the past.

AVVIO
Responded 5 days ago

Sorry to hear this Anthony. We always want our guests to enjoy. We have not made any changes to the recipe or preparation, but we will discuss with our culinary team. We hope if you try it on your next visit it will be more like you remember. We are sorry you did not enjoy - your satisfaction is important to us.

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s
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always pleased with the service and the food ..... Avvio is one of my favorite spots

AVVIO
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you Susan. We are truly proud to be one of your favorites. Hope we see you again soon.

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M
New England
25 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A great night for our 25th Anniversary. The service and food were great!
Thank You!

AVVIO
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thank you Michael. We are honored you celebrated with us and glad you enjoyed.

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m
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the place and I think it is the best. Have been to 6 other Newport Restaurant places and this is my
favorite.

AVVIO
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thank you Momo! We are honored to be your Newport Restaurant Group fave and really appreciate the kind review. We look forward to seeing you again.

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CB
New England
52 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Was not happy with the reservation process - did not honor the reservation request - why have a space for special request if it is not something they honor!

AVVIO
Responded on November 6, 2019

Hi Cathy - We are very sorry to hear you were disappointed. Our team works hard to accommodate all our reservations as best we can and we never like to let a guest down. We'd love to discuss your reservation with you and hope you can give our General Manager Raul Esteves a call at 401.942.2900. Your satisfaction is important to us and we'd love the opportunity to hear more about your experience.

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GG
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant. It can be a little loud at times. We keep bringing our friends and family to experience great cuisine.

AVVIO
Responded on November 4, 2019

Thank you Gayle! We are truly thrilled to be your favorite. Thank you for bringing your friends and family here and we look forward to seeing you more in the future.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! Menu was seasonally inspired yet still many options. Butternut squash ravioli was amazing! Prices are reasonable. We’ll be back!

AVVIO
Responded on November 4, 2019

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed. Our butternut squash ravioli is perfect on these chilly autumn nights. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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F
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Avvio has a pleasant ambiance with a elegant interior. They will accommodate you for special food requests.

AVVIO
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thank you Franco. We are very happy you enjoyed.

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JK
New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great; we weren’t rushed. Food was excellent! Nice place to get together.

AVVIO
Responded on November 1, 2019

Thank you JKW1! We are glad you enjoyed and appreciate the kind review.

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JA
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Every time we go to Avvio, the food is fantastic, the portion sizes are good, the service is great. This is the first & only time we've been disappointed with the food. They had a Lobster Mac 'n Cheese addition to their fall/winter menu which 3 out of 4 of us ordered. It came in an a baking dish, about 6 inches round, and was made with ziti, pancetta and Gruyere cheese. We all found that it barely had any lobster in it (we each found about 5 nickel- to-quarter-sized pieces) and was a dry bite and needed much more of a creamy sauce. The flavor of the dish was good, albeit a little salty. The manager came around to our table, as they always do, and asked us if everything was OK. We did inform her about the lack of lobster and she did offer to get us more lobster meat to add to each of our dishes. Since we were halfway through the meal, we thanked her but said it wasn't necessary, and just wanted to convey that the dish could definitely use improvement overall. She did let the kitchen know about our comments. We were told that this was a the 1st night they were making this dish, so some tweaks will be made as they go along. The 4th person in our party got the Shrimp Scampi and was very pleased with her meal. We also ordered the Shrimp & Calamari appetizer which was well-prepared and delicious. This experience won't stop us from paying Avvio another visit.

AVVIO
Responded on October 29, 2019

Thank you for your feedback JoAnn. We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy it all. While we are glad the team was able to discuss your meal with you at the restaurant, we are still sorry to know we let you down. We have shared your feedback with the culinary team to make sure they are hearing what our guest are saying. We hope we can win back your confidence on your next visit.

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l
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love the menu, especially all the wines by the glass and that they offer them in 3oz pours so you can try a few! The food quality is excellent t and the service and atmosphere are very good. Wish it was closer so I could go more often!

AVVIO
Responded on October 29, 2019

Thank you love2eatout. We are really glad you enjoy it here and we look forward to your next visit.

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DC
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The service and atmosphere is always efficient and welcoming. At my last visit, the food was not up to par. The salmon was undercooked and didn't seem fresh.

AVVIO
Responded on October 29, 2019

Thank you for the feedback DCOP and sorry to hear it wasn't up to our usual excellence. We will pass along your feedback to our culinary team. Serving exceptional, fresh food is a pillar of our success and we never like to hear our guests experienced anything less. We hope your next visit brings you more of the tasty food you have come to expect from Avvio.

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PD
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

very good food and waitress with a great personality

AVVIO
Responded on October 29, 2019

Thank you Peter! We always love to hear our staff made a great impression.

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M
New England
46 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! Food, service and atmosphere was great!

AVVIO
Responded on October 24, 2019

Thank you! That's what we love to hear. Glad you enjoyed.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken piccata was so delicious and our server was friendly and efficient.

AVVIO
Responded on October 22, 2019

That's great to hear! Really glad you enjoyed. Our chicken piccata is always a fave.

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TC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice ambiance and great service. My dinner was ok but my husband and daughter enjoyed their dinner. I would definitely try it again.

AVVIO
Responded on October 23, 2019

Thank you Terri! We are glad you and the family enjoyed and happy to hear you would come back. We look forward to seeing you then.

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JC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food is preference/opinions. So for my taste the recipes need to be reworked, a little salt and pepper go along way.
Just two examples: 1. tiramisu was made with soft lady fingers or cake making it soggy, it should of been made with hard lady fingers, and 2. risotto should be made with arborio rice when cooked comes out creamy, their risotto is just al dente rice.

AVVIO
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thank you for the feedback Jane and we will pass along your comments to our culinary team. We are always listening to the what our guests have to say so we can get better at what we do.

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FM
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New fall menu very tasty nice place for a quite date or a nice meal after a long week

AVVIO
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thank you Frank! Glad you enjoy the new menu changes (and the candy bowl too). We look forward to seeing you next time.

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E
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was outstanding, the service was great and timely. Avvio is another great restaurant of the Newport Restaurant Group. Highly recommend you give Avvio a try!!

AVVIO
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thank you Eric! Glad you enjoyed and happy to have earned your recommendation. We look forward to your next visit.

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PB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been our go-to place for a long time. It never disappoints.

AVVIO
Responded on October 21, 2019

We are proud to be your go to spot. Glad you enjoyed and we look forward to seeing you again.

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AB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

AVVIO
Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you!

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MS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service, it was my first going and it certainly won’t be the last. If you want real Italian food then this is the place to go!

AVVIO
Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you Mitch! We are glad you joined us and happy to hear you'll be coming back.

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JP
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great pizza. Great staff. Good night out.

AVVIO
Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you! We are glad you had a great night out.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server spaced out all our courses so perfectly...never felt rushed once

AVVIO
Responded on October 17, 2019

That's great to hear. Our team works hard to deliver an enjoyable experience.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service are the cornerstones of any great restaurant and AVVIO has both.

AVVIO
Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you 1234! You are right that excellent food and service are the cornerstones of any great restaurant and we strive everyday to deliver that to every guest. Glad you enjoyed.

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P
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is invariably above average & the menu flexible enough to allow mix and match smaller portions to share. The service was attentive but not too...and our server knew the wine list well enough to make good suggestions.
Thankfully the excessively noisy bar is set apart from the dining area...

AVVIO
Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you Pablo. Glad you enjoyed the food and the service. Hope you can join us again soon.

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d
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My flat iron steak was really tough and my salad was missing the goat cheese. The service was excellent and everything went smoothly and quickly.

AVVIO
Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you for the feedback dimetran. While we are glad that the service was excellent, we are sorry your meal was not exactly what you expected. Your satisfaction is always our top priority. We will share your feedback with our culinary team. We hope we can deliver a more typical five-star dinner on your next visit.

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BL
New England
34 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Avvio is a very nice restaurant. We both enjoyed our dinners. My only complaint and a complaint I often have with many restaurants is the seating policy. The restaurant was not busy at all during our visit, there were plenty of open tables, yet the hostess chose to seat us immediately adjacent to an occupied table. Why? If they were only using one section of the restaurant I could understand. This was not the case the evening of our visit, there were parties scattered all over the restaurant.

AVVIO
Responded on October 9, 2019

Thank you for your feedback BLLinRI. We are glad you enjoyed your dinners. We understand your feedback on the seating too and we are sorry we did not move you to a seat more to your liking. We always try to accommodate our guests so that they can enjoy.

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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

This restaurant is very loud. The soup was cold as was the mashed potatoes that came with the steak.The service was great but the food was not to my liking.

AVVIO
Responded on October 9, 2019

Very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the food. We always aim to bring our guests the very best and sorry to have let you down. That's not typical and we will be reviewing your feedback with our culinary team so we can avoid any issues moving forward. We appreciate your honest thoughts and hope we can deliver a more memorable viist if you choose to come back again.

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B
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Avvio has been a regular favorite...we visit frequently. However, this past Saturday night the food and service didn’t quite meet our expectations. This is a somewhat upscale restaurant, understandably the prices are a bit higher than your run-of-the-mill Italian restaurant. But, I’m disappointed to say that the food and service were sub-par this time around. I’ll chalk it up to possibly an “off-night”, or that we perhaps ordered the wrong things this time. Though when three people spend nearly $300(with tip) on dinner and wine, one would expect extraordinary quality and service. We will return sometime, as we’ve had many positive experiences here. One suggestion though...stop pouring the wine from the small carafe at the table so dramatically! It’s unnecessary and the wait-person splashed red-wine on my shoulder! (I didn’t say anything, as I didn’t see it until I got home.)

AVVIO
Responded on October 7, 2019

Sorry to hear about your experience Buzz. As you know, that's not typical of our usual quality and service. We remain committed to bringing an exceptional experience to all our guests. At your convenience, please give Raul Esteves, our General Manager, a call at 401.942.2900. He would love to hear more about your observations and offer his personal apologies. He looks forward to speaking to you.

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JR
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

This was our first visit. Due to the lounge area the back ground noise was very high. Service was outstanding. Jessica was a fantastic server. Food was marginal.

AVVIO
Responded on October 9, 2019

Happy to hear that Jessica made your experience better - we have a great team dedicated to making our guests happy. Sorry that our food did not leave a better impression. We have built our reputation on exceptional food and never like to let a guest down. Thank you for the feedback.

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