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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4.5
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4.6
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This experience was great as always. Our server Caleb is a very nice young man who truly enjoys His job and enjoys engaging with the customer.

Ii find Avvio to be outstanding in customer service. I had an experience there where our meal was comped while giving us one to take home because there was a bone found in a piece of salmon. You are to be commended.

AVVIO
Responded 2 hours ago

Thank you! Customer service is a hallmark of our business and we are glad we stand out. Caleb does a great job and we will be sure to thank him personally for taking such good care of you.

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SC
New England
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

This was my second visit to AVVIO. After a delightful lunch in the Fall (chicken Caesar salad for my partner and chicken picatta for me), I was looking forward to another great meal. Unfortunately it was a big disappointment. On a positive note, the service was excellent from check-in to finish. The wine suggestion was great. The food, however, was a deal-breaker. I ordered the evening's prepared three course meal and each course was less enjoyable that the preceding one. The best item was the white bean soup, the flavor of which was wonderful but was unfortunately served lukewarm. Sorry AVVIO, but this one was a strike out.

AVVIO
Responded 2 hours ago

Very sorry to hear this. While we are glad that our service was a standout, we always take pride in serving exceptional food and never like to know that we let a guest down. Our culinary team worked hard to prepare an exciting Restaurant Week menu. We will share your feedback with them so they can continue to make improvements where we can. Your satisfaction means a lot to us and we hope we can deliver a more usual meal of outstanding quality if you choose to return. We really hope you do.

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T
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We have visited many times. This is first time I wasn’t thrilled. The meal was good. But we have had better. The service was ok. We have had much better. I would still recommend Avvio. Maybe it was that we were there between shifts. But it just wasn’t as good as previous visits. To top it off, when I got home I found the server did not put all of the left overs in the container. There was a large chunk of beef from my dish that I intentionally added to my husbands plate. So it would be wrapped up, along with his salad and 1/2 calzone. We got the calzone. We got the jalapeño horseradish sauce. Nothing else. It is not a deal breaker, but when you pay the price of a good meal. I want it wrapped to take home. If he wasn’t sure he should have asked.
Again I would still recommend the restaurant. And we will visit again. At some point.

AVVIO
Responded an hour ago

Thank you for your feedback Ttbsuziq. While we are glad that you would still come back, we are sorry to hear that your most recent visit was not up to our usual quality. That's not typical for us and we always want to give our guests the very best. We do apologize for any mix-up on the leftover packaging too. We'd love to hear more and apologize personally. At your conveneince, please contact Raul Esteves, the General Manager, at 401.942.2900. Your satisfaction means a lot to us.

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JC
New England
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch out with the girls! Yummy!

AVVIO
Responded 2 hours ago

Glad you enjoyed James!

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RM
New England
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service was excellent , reasonably priced. Highly recommend

AVVIO
Responded 2 hours ago

Thank you RayMike! We are grateful for your recommendation and look forward to seeing you again.

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DL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Our waitress paid us no attention. We felt as if we could get better service at a bar or pub. She was inattentive, didn’t go over any specials being offered, basically ignored us. The food was really good. Adequate portions, but a bit pricey. For the location, prices, and atmosphere, we expected better quality service.

AVVIO
Responded 3 days ago

Sorry to hear this Dean and that's not typical of our usual exceptional standards. We will be sure to look into what happened. We'd love to hear more and hope you can contact Raul Esteves, our General Manager, at 401.942.2900. Raul would love to get a better understanding about your observations so he can address with the staff and also to extend his apologies for not delivering a more typical Avvio experience.

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R
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a Birthday for my sister.
Excellent experience

AVVIO
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you Rixey and glad you all enjoyed. Happy birthday to your sister too!

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

food was terrific, atmosphere was nice but too noisy!

AVVIO
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the feedback Shed! We are glad you enjoyed the food but do apologize if the noise level was not to your liking. We will be happy to seat you in a more quiet are next time.

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SS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our party enjoyed our evening at Avvio last Saturday evening. Our server, Michaela, was pleasant and attentive without being intrusive. Each member of our group enjoyed the items we shared as well as our entrees. I would recommend Avvio without hesitation to anyone seeking a pleasant night dining out.

AVVIO
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you Susie. So glad you and your party enjoyed. Michaela takes great care of our guests. We are grateful for your recommendation and look forward to your next visit.

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F
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING!!! That’s the first word that comes to mind when dining at Avvio. This was our first time dining here. I have a gluten allergy and the waitress, Marilyn, was EXTREMELY knowledgeable about putting my needs first regarding the allergy. Right away, she offered me a gluten free roll (rarely happens when I eat out) with my own dipping dish of hummus and olive oil, which was to die for! Every question I asked regarding my choices for GF, she knew the answer right away. For starters, we shared “crispy wings”, they were undeniably the best wings I have every had. For dinner, I had the risotto with grilled shrimp on top and it was soooo delicious. I even was able to enjoy dessert! Which was a scoop of salted caramel gelato with a GF sprinkle of crust on top.
In addition to Marilyn being super understanding of my allergy, she was just wonderful and attentive to everyone in our party. She was so delightful and friendly; she seemed quite proud of the restaurant she was working for (which you don’t find very often). She made the whole experience dining at Avvio, for the first time, wonderful. This will not be the last time we dine here!

AVVIO
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you Foodie! What a very nice thing to read about our restaurant and Marilyn. We are glad she took such good care of you. Our whole team is very accommodating for guests with allergies or sensitivities, although Marilyn is clearly a standout. We will pass along your compliments. Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you back at Avvio soon.

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A
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Did not care for appetizer ..... calamari and shrimp fritti..... small portion size and appeared to be fried in oil that had been over utilized.

AVVIO
Responded on January 13, 2020

Sorry you didn't enjoy - it's usually one of our guest faves. We will pass along the feedback to the culinary team. We always want our offerings to be the best they can be.

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CM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The bartender was wonderful. I only wish I could remember her name.

AVVIO
Responded on January 13, 2020

Thank you Claire! We will be sure to pass along your compliments. We have a great bar team.

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M
New England
36 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta bolognese was delicious. Our server was attentive and did not rush us at all. Definitely would return

AVVIO
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you Maureen! The bolognese is always a favorite. We look forward to your next visit.

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Avvio was all that we could ask for. Our waiter was awesome, the food was very good, and it had a good vibe. It was a little bit loud but not overwhelming. I’m not from Rhode Island but I will definitely go back there again if I’m in the Cranston area.

AVVIO
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you for joining us Jeff and glad you enjoyed it here. We love hearing that we are all you could ask for. We hope you come back to town again as we would love seeing you again.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall, a great experience. We ordered the Antipasto and Panzanella as group appetizers. Both were excellent, and everything tasted very fresh. We really liked the foccacia--which is house-made like nearly everything else. I ordered the Cod Entree w/Sweet Potatoes, Beets, and Rum Raisins. The fish was perfectly cooked and flaky. My family members also enjoyed their entrees (Linguini and Clams, and the Scallop and Lobster Risotto w/ Sweet Peas). Our server was excellent--very attentive, and (she) made great suggestions when we were trying to decide. I will definitely return! 😎

AVVIO
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you! Very happy you and your party enjoyed and that our food and service made a positive impact. We look forward to serving you again in the future.

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RI
Naples
49 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go about once a month service is always great and have never had a bad meal
Overall it is a little loud but we tend to like this

AVVIO
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you RIRick. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you again.

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SC
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! One of our favorite places!

AVVIO
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you Stuart! We are glad you enjoyed. It's an honor to be one of your faves.

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DB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The appetizers were not very good. The minestrone soup tasted like cabbage and the meatball app was fair at best. The Cosmos were funky tasting and the gin martini was very weak.
All four dinners were very good. The main courses saved what was nearly a bad night.

AVVIO
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you for your feedback Dennis and we will be sure to pass along your comments to our culinary team. We have built our reputation on exceptional food and want all our guests to enjoy the whole meal, from appetizer to dessert. We are sorry that your meal did not live up to your expectations but we will work hard to make sure your next meal does. Your happiness as a patron means a lot to us.

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ML
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food

AVVIO
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you Marc!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

New Year’s Eve dinner. Food was excellent but server was not at the level we have come to expect. Order was missing an item and server was not attentive. Management stepped up and made it right but I’m not sure Avvio will be our choice for a special meal in the future.

AVVIO
Responded on January 3, 2020

Sorry to hear this. That's not typical of our standards of service and very sorry your experience was anything less than great. While we are glad the managers could right the ship, that's not the type of experience we like to deliver. We hope you will give us another chance and we can win back your confidence. Your satisfaction is important to us.

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r
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avvio's has become one of my Favorite Restaurants in the area. The Location is great especially with in the Holiday Season.

AVVIO
Responded on January 3, 2020

We are honored to be one of your favorites. We look forward to your next visit.

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MG
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food at Avvio. Never disappoints.
Will keep coming back in 2020

AVVIO
Responded on January 3, 2020

You just made our New Years! Thanks Mitch and we look forward to a happy 2020.

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OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was delicious and waiter was excellent!

AVVIO
Responded on January 3, 2020

We are very happy you enjoyed! Thank you.

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ML
New England
56 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We thought we were going to have lunch and instead had brunch! ....nice surprise and very nice brunch menu. Our server was very good

AVVIO
Responded on January 3, 2020

We love when you get surprised by a nice brunch! Thanks for joining us and glad you enjoyed.

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C
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience5

This place is more of a gathering for friends to celebrate than a date night. It’s very noisy and crowded. The food is very bland, we’ve gone twice and both times felt the same way. I had to add pepper and salt to everything to have some flavor. We want to love it but we just don’t.

AVVIO
Responded on January 3, 2020

Sorry to hear that we have not lived up to your expectations. We are always trying to provide an atmosphere that our guests find relaxing and enjoyable. We also work hard to deliver exceptional and tasty food and never like to know a guest is not happy. We are sorry that we have fallen short here and will take your comments to heart. We want you to love it here too and we hope that someday we can deliver on a dining experience that exceeds your expectations.

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a
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Was very rushed. Server was hovering over table waiting to put my fork down so he could carry it away. Takes plates from the table when others are still eating. Not a pleasant experience.

AVVIO
Responded on January 3, 2020

Sorry to hear that anna. That's not typical of our service. We always want our guests to enjoy and relax their time with us. We will discuss your feedback with our team as a reminder on what it means to show great hospitality. We do apologize that you felt rushed and hope that on your next visit we can deliver on our more typical exceptional service.

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner. Always a great experience!

AVVIO
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you for joining us and glad you enjoyed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was supreme! It’s a treat to dine at Avvio!

AVVIO
Responded on January 3, 2020

We are glad you feel that way. It's a treat for us to serve our guests.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve

AVVIO
Responded on January 3, 2020

Hope you enjoyed!

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MI
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Christmas dinner with my children

AVVIO
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you for joining us!

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GL
New England
25 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal which consisted of some appetizers (beef carpaccio was awesome!) and various entrees. Our server, Nina, was extremely attentive and responsive. She constantly checked on us and made sure we were happy without every coming too much! We appreciate her high level of service!

AVVIO
Responded on January 3, 2020

So happy to hear that! We will be sure to pass along the compliments. We are glad you enjoyed.

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R
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had great service and the food was excellent

AVVIO
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you Rene! That's what we strive for. Glad you enjoyed.

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MF
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Brunch

AVVIO
Responded on January 3, 2020

Glad you enjoyed!

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AD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Sometimes the food is really good there and sometimes it’s just OK I do like the place but I don’t feel they are consistent

AVVIO
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you for the feedback Adrienne We strive to deliver a consistent and excellent experience and never like to hear that we are not delivering on that. We will take your comments to heart and continue to strive to be the best at what we do. We hope that you will notice the efforts in your future visits. Your satisfaction is important to us.

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JK
New England
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed the food and drinks. Nathan makes the best espresso martinis!!

AVVIO
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you John! Nathan does indeed make a great one. Glad you enjoyed.

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p
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very enjoyable lunch.

AVVIO
Responded on December 18, 2019

That's great to hear papadoc! Glad you enjoyed.

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H
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and service. Prices are a little high.

AVVIO
Responded on December 16, 2019

Thank you Heidi. We are glad you enjoyed the food and service.

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OT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic dinner. The desert pizza was simply amazing!

AVVIO
Responded on December 17, 2019

Thank you! The dessert pizza is always a great ending. Glad you enjoyed.

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B
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Everything was very good except our server. She had a personality problem...she didn't have a very good one!

AVVIO
Responded on December 18, 2019

We are glad you enjoyed your meal Beth but sorry that you did not appreciate your service. We pride ourselves on exceptional service. If you'd like to tell us more, we'd love to hear about. Please call Raul Esteves, our General Manager, at 401.942.2900.

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M
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

All good...nice experience. Enjoy return visits...always accommodating

AVVIO
Responded on December 16, 2019

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

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