AVVIO

4.6
1046 reviews
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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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New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were to notch!

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DJ
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was perfect for my mothers birthday. They supplied a cake and candle with only a subtle hint. The food for this meal, like our previous three dinners, was amazing

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M
New England
40 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was date night with my husband! I had the bar not squash ravioli and it was fantastic I hope they keep it on the menu!

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New England
90 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and service was great. Will definitely be back soon

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GS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had eaten here a few times before (over a year ago) and it used to be great. But this visit was mediocre at best. The food was all bland. We ordered calamari as an app, which was mostly fried shrimp and a few bits of calamari— clearly a cost savings for them, but definitely NOT worth the price. We had to ask for bread as it wasn’t delivered. For mains, we ordered the fusilli with eggplant and smoked mozzarella and the tagliatelle with mushrooms. It was a lot of food but without flavor. I don’t usually put salt on my food, but it needed it. Definitely not what it used to be. With so many excellent Italian restaurants in RI, we’d suggest going somewhere else.

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KB
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Good atmosphere, good service.
My gluten free meal came with couscous instead of spinach so it had to be sent back.
Staff told me the kitchen was notified of the allergy as soon as we came in.
Gluten free bread was brought to the table for me :)
Meal prep definitely concerning.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service were excellent. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and made all the right suggestions. We had the fish special and it was delicious.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it!

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LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite spot - we are always taken such good care of! We love the manager Gus - he is the best!!

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TR
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was awesome, the food was delicious as were the martinis! Had a great night out and will highly recommend

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Caribbean
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service!

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EF
New England
32 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious Lobster special made even more special by being able to have it over grilled asparagus instead of linguine. Great wine selections, great service. I'm glad we took friends to dinner there.

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b
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Generic italian food that is overpriced and nothing special. The wait staff is great and attentive. I wouldn't go again, there are better hole in the wall italian places that are much better in every way.

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

Food was very well prepared and the waiter was very friendly! We do recommend and will definitely return many times.

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

Our waiter, Bryan was OUTSTANDING! Professional, caring, and very pleasant demeanor..he knew it was my daughter’s 18th Birthday and surprised her with a special dessert. We loved him and we love AVVIO! Bravo!

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I had a tough time getting anyone to pay attention to me after being seated. I ordered a nice Barbera Wine and it was served in a mineature glass that was sitting on the table. It was like a 3 oz pour for $8.50.

They had a prix dice specials and I asked if I could switch out eggplant parmigiana for a meat dish. It seemed like it was a big deal. There were extended periods of time between when I ordered and the wine, followed by a beer (wasn’t going to pay another $8.50 for what was like a shot glass of wine) then the appetizer and dinner finally arrived.

As part of the prix fixe dinner a desert was offered. I chose a cheese cake. It must have been a gluten free ( unbeknownst to me) because it was like rubbery.

Poor experience over all.

Oh one last thing the Waitress was so busy “thanking everyone so much” and trying to be fake sickeningly sweet at other tables while I waited for everything and the dinner arrived cold.

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch! Not overly crowded and friendly bartenders.

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DB
New England
19 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thanks once.again for a excellent evening! Avvio’s one of favorite places to have dinner! We’ll be back soon!

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SH
New England
25 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. Our waitress, Katie, was a superstar. She was attentive, pleasant and most important got our order correct and in a timely fashion. We will be back!!

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FC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The service was great however the food was just ok, nothing to rave about. There wasn't much flavor I ordered the Veal Milanese I have had much better elsewhere, my wife ordered the Chicken Picatta she said it was kind of chewy. We wanted to like this place since we live in the neighborhood but the restaurant needs to improve.

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JC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved all of our entrees and bottle of Pinot Grigio. Our waitress was attentive.

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RM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gluten free was amazing with lots of options

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EK
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

ordered burger - medium, surfaces were burnt, inside was not cooked.
replacement nit much better

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food

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EL
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

really enjoyed the food and the waiter was excellent

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T
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nicely spread out. Many small tables. Nice bar area. Traditional Italian menu with creative choices. Have been 3 times, every meal has been delicious.
The antipasto is traditional but nicely served on slate with flavorful cheeses, variety of meats. The pizza choices are varied. We love the “Badabing” has some spice. Beef carpaccio was tasty. Veal and peas wonderful! The twin filets perfectly cooked. Tagliatelle with lobster a nice surprise- large chunks of lobster claw with tomatoes- delicious.
Service has been consistently polite but friendly.
Recommend visiting even if just for a drink and an appetizer.

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B
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Avvio is one of my favorite restaurants. Everything is wonderful

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S
Adelaide / SA
49 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was a bit slow. Very disappointed that there were no bread options that were non-dairy. I never have this issue at other Newport Restaurant Group restaurants.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. Food was delicious and well cooked, service was 10/10

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New England
25 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Went there with a bunch of college buddies for our monthly get together.
I ordered the veal and peas on a bed of polenta. Wasn't what I was used to, but that was on me. The veal was good but the polenta had no flavor, I mean zero. I had to add salt just so I could eat it.
Everybody I was with, commented that the food was good, not great.
The place was very nice inside and our server Chelsea, was very pleasant and attentive.
They had Italian micro brews, of which I tried one, and it was excellent. Never saw that anywhere else
We ordered a Pistachio pizza for and appetizer, and it was very good. Everybody enjoyed it.
I would return, but would order something that was more mainstream.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

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KL
New England
19 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

The apps took forever and than my steak was as tough as can be.

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Staff /servers are on point - knowledgable, customer first, professional -outstsnding service. Food is amazing (fresh, authentic, cooked and presented perfectly) and prices are very reasonable. Dining room seating is tight but worked. Absolutely recommend.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and even better food.

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LL
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server seated us as soon as we arrived, honoring our reservation. The food was delicious. Our waitress, Nina, was fantastic! She offered excellent recommendations with our drinks, entrees and dessert. We had an all around delicious meal. She really made our first experience at Avvio a great one. We will definitely come back.

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SD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a lovely dinner on Valentine’s Day! Food was great and the server was awesome.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so amazing could not beleave how tender the stake and veal where the mozrall was good as well we both got mohito s best i have had in a long time would i tell u to head here for once i can say i would with out a dout swing by and have som really great food and drink staff here are so nice and freindly they go out of there way to make sure u have everything that you may need if u need something and ur waiter is not near by always some one close by to help with that

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MT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner at Avvio's for Valentine's Day. Joe, our waiter for the night, was very accommodating. Checked in on us periodically but mostly let us enjoy our night. He was very attentive to my wife's food allergies. Thank you Joe!

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DD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five stars plus many more!
Avvio has it all.. service, ambiance, decor, space, presentation, food, flavors, menu choices, desserts, liquor.
Get a Newport Group Restaurant points card and go!

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JL
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was great. Dinner was very enjoyable and surprisingly quick.

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