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  3. Distance: 0.45mi
  4. Distance: 1.68mi

About AVVIO

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.

90 Hillside Road
Cranston, RI 02920
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
M - Th 11:30AM - 10:00PM
F 11:30AM - 11:00PM
Sa 11:30AM - 11:00PM
(brunch until 3:00PM)
Su 11:30AM - 9:00PM
(brunch until 3:00PM)

Cross Street:
Hillside Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(401) 942-2900

Website:
http://www.avvioristorante.com/

Executive Chef:
Greg Coccio

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

AVVIO Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (67)
Casual (60)
Special Occasion (53)
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Great for Lunch (53)
Good for Birthdays (48)
Bar Seating (47)
Good for Anniversaries (44)
Great for Outdoor Dining (43)
Neighborhood Gem (41)
Business Meals (37)
Worth the Drive (31)
Good for Groups (30)
Comfort Food (29)
Sunday Lunch (29)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Romantic (26)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Vibrant Bar Scene (24)
Authentic (22)
Fun (21)
Happy Hour (20)
People Watching (20)
Cozy (19)
Notable Wine List (19)
Local Ingredients (18)
Quick Bite (18)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Hot Spot (15)
Great for Brunch (14)
Gluten Free Options (13)
Healthy (10)
Kid-friendly (9)
Disabled Access (9)
Seasonal (9)
Late-night Find (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Scenic View (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great Beer (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Organic (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

We made a reservation and were sat immediately upon arrival. The food was very good, we delayed submitting our entrees until the appetizers arrived as we have had some recent bad experiences at other restaurants of lesser caliber. We were not pressured or rushed and our server (Jordan?) was excellent.

We frequent many of the Newport Restaurant Group establishments as we live in the Newport area and this one did not disappoint. We will return.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Delicious food!!! Our waiter was excellent !!! Our food was prepared exactly how we wanted .
Service was prompt and food was hot!!! I Love that we have the option of one scoop gelato for dessert !!! Perfect size for a light dessert!!! Neighborhood gem !!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 7 days ago

I took my team for our holiday luncheon and we had s nice time. The wait staff was attentive and friendly. The food was very good. We recommend the antipasto for an appetizer. Beautiful presentation and tasty.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Went on a Saturday night and normally going anywhere at peak time on a Saturday is hectic- made reservation online walked right in and was seated immediately. My husband had Veal Milanese and it was delicious. I had a vegetable panini and it was delicious . The Parmesan fries were also very good. I had a dirty martini and the green olives were stuffed with cheese ! The service was outstanding and the manager walked around asking how everything was.
I was impressed because the restaurant was full but the service and meal were not affected. Thank You!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The staff accommodated most of my dietary restrictions.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great food and service will definitely go again
The veal and polenta was outstanding

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent service from the greeting, waitstaff and a nice thank you when we left.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We were a group of five friends and it was nice that we were able to make reservations for lunch. We loved the atmosphere and everything about the restaurant. Our server, Jared, was personable, helpful with menu questions and very accommodating to requests. Avvio feels upscale but the prices are not so exorbitant that it keeps many patrons away. Bountiful menu which kept us busy trying to make a final choice!!
All in all, we had a great time and will definitely return to sample menu items that we missed. You will not be disappointed with the warm and friendly, AVVIO!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food, service and space

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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

This was my first time at Avvio and I will definitely be back. They have a wide variety of GF options to accommodate my dietary restrictions. Our waiter, Justin, was very knowledge about the menu which was helpful with a table of vegans and gluten free eaters. He was extremely prompt and friendly.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Its always a very good experience!! The food was delicious and the service was great!!!

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2017

It was my first time to AVVIO but I will definitely go back! Food and service were excellent.

Tags: Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We love Avvio , never had a bad meal. Love the salad pizza. Apps cocktails atmosphere employees. Im actually going for dinn again tonight , Dec 1,

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food was great and service excellent. Dominic was great!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Once again for a excellent dinner and Kevin was a great server! Of course we’ll be back ! Thanks!!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was very flat. Needed a lot of salt and pepper. Noise level was rather high especially since the restaurant wasn’t full.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Our server, Michael, was wonderful—prompt, courteous, and very personable. The meal was delicious. Our only comment is that the noise level is a little higher than we prefer. But, we come nonetheless.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

I had the chicken always delicious. My husband's salmon sensational. My daughter had the salad always very fresh. Great atmosphere, always consistent

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great restaurant. The food was amazing and our waitress Katy/Katie was outstanding.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Half portion salads were a ripoff for price

Chicken for Marsala was tough SB more tender

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Second time my wife and I have gone on a date here. Food is absolutely delicious! We'll go again.
First time I used Open table. Super easy. Walked into restaurant and were seated immediately. Would recommend to anyone.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Always excellent. Friendly, professional, knowledgeable service. Delicious food. The red-sauce Italian-American joints around the rest of Providence should be shaking in there boots.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Food was very good, but felt rushed. Entrees came out less than 5 minutes after our order. We did not even have to finish 1/2 our drink.

Server was very good

Tags: Quick Bite
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

I’ve been to Avvio’s many times (lunch & dinner) and I’ve never been disappointed! Food is excellent, wait staff very friendly and service has always been top notch! It’s my go-to place!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Dined here for the first time under its new name. Menu still the same with some new additions. Excellent meal overall. I had the Chicken Piccata which popped with flavor. We will definitely be back again.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Exceptional service, good food and atmosphere in a convenient location.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, People Watching, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2017

My husband and I went here for my birthday. It was our first visit in several years; we'd gone back when it was Papa Razzi. I had asked for a quiet corner table when I made the reservation and noted it was a birthday dinner. The hostess did not seem to read the requests and initially tried to seat us at a very small booth in the middle of the restaurant. We asked to change to a corner table and she led us to one that was more in line with what we asked for. Our server was very attentive, however, the food was just not that good. I had a fried mozzarella appetizer that I think was reheated in a microwave. One piece was hard and chewy, one was hot, and two were stone cold. The dish also lacked flavor. The bread was good, but there were only two pieces in the basket and a few bread straws. The olive oil and hummus combination that went alongside the bread also had no flavor. This was a recurring theme throughout our meal. I had the chicken marsala and again, the dish was very bland. For dessert, we had the strawberry and vanilla panna cotta and it was nothing to write home about. Lastly, I had stomach issues a few hours after coming home, but I'm not sure if it was from the food since my husband was fine. Overall, I would not be in a rush to go back. There are much better Italian restaurants throughout Rhode Island.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food with wonderful service

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always a great experience! from the service to the food, it's a 10 every time. the waitstaff remember us and are exceptionally attentive. the quality of the ingredients are reflected by the range of delicious dishes that we order. We habitually order different entrees and are always very happy with the quality.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Shrimp Scamp was heavily salted and shrimp was microscopic.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Had a great dinner! Kassie our server was excellent.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food and the service were absolutely amazing!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very accommodating and considerate of kids food allergies

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I thought the meal was decent and fine for a mall. It was not a place I would go to if I were not shopping already.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The service and personalized care at Avvio is very welcoming. The Neopolitan Pizza is outstanding! I highly recommend Avvio!

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

My penne pasta, sausage and rabe dish was just too al dente for me. I should have requested softer pasta while ordering, but I didn't think of it. One friend liked the veal parm and another friend liked the pasta bolongese (this dish had much softer pasta). I tasted a bite of a meatball and found it a little dry. Server was great and tiramisu was home-made and good. It was served with some raspberry sauce which I found too tart and thought it was a strange combination. Overall, I was a little underwhelmed with the dinner. I just expected more after a friend's recommendation. However, my out-of-town friends were happy.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food and drinks were very good. Our waitress on the other hand was not friendly and it brought down our overall experience.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

AVVIO was outstanding. The decor, atmosphere and aromas from the open style kitchen was perfection. The food from the antipasto, the main course to desert was over the top. Damon, our waiter was one of the best with his knowledge, patients and suggestions it was hard to beat. I am a foodie and frequent over 30 different style restaurants per year and this ranks right up at the top.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I’ve been to Avvio about 5 times. Always great food and great service!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

First visit to Avvio and we were all impressed by the food and atmosphere. There were some great vegetarian options - gnocchi and summer vegetable succotash were both ordered. The succotash was delicious. Lots of wines available by the glass as well. Had the chocolate mocha budino for dessert which was heavenly, and large enough to split between three people. I will be back to try the pizza from their wood-fired pizza oven!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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