Avanti

4.7
1442 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Avanti, a Valley tradition since 1974. . . Dramatic, crisp black and white interiors, candlelight and a quiet atmosphere. Vegetarians and Seafood lovers will be awed by the selections of homemade pasta from deliciously light Gnocchi Alfredo, Eggplant and Meat Lasagna, to seasonal hand crafted Ravioli. Fresh Fish and seafood dishes vary- from a Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail to an Italian crafted Cioppino. Avanti has also garnered numerous awards and accolades for our Ossobucco, said to be the best in town as well as robust steaks and chops (lamb and pork).Enjoy dessert and Cappuccino in the piano bar sweets that are carefully guarded family recipes include, Tiramisu, Cannoli, Creme Brulee with a crunchy burnt sugar crust but if your passionate about chocolate the chocolate mousse is infused with rum and whipped so fluffy and light you'll swear it's heaven sent!
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1442 people are saying
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StephanieG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Everyone enjoyed their meal. We were able to have good conversations with the low noise level.

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JulieM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed Thanksgiving here and were grateful for the lovely dining experience. The owner /head chef did rounds multiple times to check on guest experiences. The pace of dinner was good. Our server was a bit hurried and didn't ask us what choices we wanted from the Thanksgiving menu. I had to stop him and let him know the guests at our table had different choices, however they served over 500 meals earlier so I feel a bit of grace for the situation is due. I live in Queen Creek and will definitely visit this restaurant again. Thank you for being open and thank you for all who worked that day.

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food and services were very good. Just a suggestion, include vegetable with osci so to make diners to feel they're getting for what they pay for.

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KCramer2350
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice for thanksgiving dinner. Our server was so attentive and friendly. We actually arrived at the restaurant an hour early due to our plans before dinner being wrapped up sooner than we expected. They sat us right away, which was amazing!! Thanks so much to Avanti, we will be back when we are in town again.

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MarilynS
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving

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DonnaS
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

So I grew up in a small Midwestern city that was predominantly Italian. I have been searching for over 17 years for real Italian food in Arizona and have not found it until now. Avanti is it. Now we went for the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, but to my delight they also had some Italian specialties on the buffet as well. Wow, meatballs on point, lasagna was divine, the meat sauce was perfect. We will definitely be back to visit on a regular date night to sample more some time soon...can't wait! We also decided to make this our new tradition for Thanksgiving as well.

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fdriii
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for their Thanksgiving brunch buffet. Plenty of options besides the traditional fare. Everything was delicious.

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Henriv
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great experience will do it again. The best thing I did not have to do the dishes.

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vipNance
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous !!!! We have eaten there for a very long time!!!!

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TobeD
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family had a wonderful afternoon at this beautiful Thanksgiving brunch.
The selection was very nice, everything we had was excellent! The staff was lovely, very diligent and helpful. We plan to visit again!

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vipKLG4242
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

This review is for the Thanksgiving buffet only. We’ve eaten at the restaurant many times before on just a regular night and the food is always delicious. For the buffet, the pastas and desserts that were made by Avanti were delicious. Hands-down the best lasagna and tiramisu in the state, if not the country. However, the buffet was also supplemented with a lot of desserts straight from Costco. And they didn’t even try to hide it. The lid with the Costco price sticker was still on top of the apple pie. They also had trays of sweets that are only sold from Costco. If I want to eat dessert from Costco, I don’t need to spend $50 a person to go to a restaurant for that. Also, when we arrived, the owner of the restaurant was serving as the host. He was trying to help a lady in front of us who was being very rude and demanding. When she finally stepped out of the way to wait on her party to arrive, we stepped up and gave him our name and said we were a party of two. He lashed out at us and told us to “tell that lady” (pointing to the demanding woman) and said “Tell her because she apparently knows how to run things.” Then he just ignored us. We stood there awkwardly for another two or three minutes as the line behind us grew out the door because he wouldn’t wait on anyone. We finally approached him again and said we were not with that lady and he yelled - yes, yelled (not exaggerating) - “Do you have a reservation?” We booked through open table, so it was under our name. And when we explained this, his response was to yell AGAIN loudly “Then what are you making such a fuss about?” It was so loud the entire room went quiet. Then he waved his arm and said “Go sit over there” so we walked to a table for 2. we then waited over 15 minutes for a server as we weren’t sure where the buffet was stationed or what the procedure was. The rude greeting, combined with terrible service and Costco desserts, really turned us off. We won’t be going back.

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RayOh
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great seasonal selection for Thanksgiving brunch. The pasta dishes really stood out, and the meat options provided were also great. Would definitely come back to try their regular menu.

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vipQueensTom
Phoenix
57 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great option fir Thanksgiving. An extensive & well-prepared buffet. Attentive & friendly drink service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the Thanksgiving buffet and we loved every aspect of the experience. Excellent service, food was amazing - I will definitely be back

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sheree
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here alone for their thanksgiving brunch and it was amazing. I will definitely be going back to have dinner !

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AnthonyC
Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service here is always good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My wife and I want to hear to celebrate my new job. The bread was excellent and is it garlic bread. We split a minestrone and ceasar. The portions were perfect to split and the flavor was the best we've ever had for these items. My entree was the veal filled roll with white and red sauce..it was good but I would much prefer the lasagna. My wife ordered vegetarian lasagna. It was very good. Too many layers and not enough veggies. Half the pasta, double the veggies and this would be excellent. I can't speak for the meat lasagna composition but it is also 7 layers. The tiramisu was the best ever. Amazing food! Great experience.

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BrianL
Omaha
17 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were entertaining some of our best Customers and had a group of 7. They wait staff was very attentive and everyone thoroughly enjoyed our meals, wine and good conversation. Definitely recommend this restaurant and we will come back!

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vipJames
Phoenix
55 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and superb service by Sergio! I would highly recommend this restaurant Not only for every day dining but also special occasions.

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NormanW
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW again Avanti hit it out of the park. Celebrating our Anniversary at Avanti's is a no brainer. The food is out of this world and no matter what you order you will not be disappointed. Michael is the best and he should have classes on how to be the best server. For a romantic and enjoyable evening you cannot go wrong dining at Avanti's.

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Thomas
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avanti is a rare gem of a restaurant. The kind of place that makes you feel like family when you walk in. The decoration is so unique and memorable. The owner walks around to each table, delivers salads, cracks jokes with you, and more. The service is outstanding, and the food was to exquisite. If you are trying to find a place in old town but cant get a reservation last minute? Come to Avanti, it will be the best decision you make.

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vipiceman77
Phoenix
68 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for, great service, great experience!

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vipMarianne
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food choices. Wonderful live music---Charles Lewis--he's the best.
Friendly and attentive service. Reasonable pricing.

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MarilynP
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Avanti's, good food, good staff and beautiful atmosphere.

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vipPhjax
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant ever! Delicious food, amazing service, a wonderful ambiance and so much more!!

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ReneeS
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Italian food! We had 6 in our party, and not a single person left disappointed! Will definitely be returning to Avanti.

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vipJSCosgrove
Phoenix
75 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On this occasion, we were there for the Rombauer Wine dinner. There was a reception in the bar. We then went to our reserved tables. Each course was paired with a specific Rombauer wine. They didn't skimp on the wine either, so you had to pace yourself. Wonderful evening.

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vipSkip
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant. It has stood the test of time.

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LizD
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Avanti Az and Angela Leavy knocked it out of the park I wish more people would dying at Staples of restaurants in Arizona such as Avanti’s. Food and ambience is always wonderful thank you

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KellyK
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wow. Probably the best Italian food I've ever had. Old school waiters that treat their job as a career resulting in fantastic service. You wouldn't know it by the decor, so don't let that stop you. Best gnocchi anywhere, incredible eggplant Parm, and the gravy on the pork was stunning (I don't eat pork so I just tasted the gravy). We ordered the Caesar and a salad I can't pronounce and both were terrific. Can't wait to go back, and bring friends!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

6 friends had dinner. All had something different. All were delighted with the food and service. Noise level was fine for good conversation. Well done!

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vipPhjax
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian joint in Phoenix. I’ve been going here for 20 + years! Since I was a little girl and I will say it is still amazing food, amazing service, and the best ambiance. Favorite place in Phoenix!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The restaurant Decour was a little dated, but overall great Italian restaurant with time proven entrées. I will also add that the chocolate mousse was the best I’ve ever had.

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vip123abc
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charles Lewis is wonderful. Great musician. Great joy to listen to. The food and service were great as well.

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gsilver8
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, dining at Avanti's was a treat. The ambiance has not lost any of its glitter over the many years, the food was magnificent and the service provided by Sergio was flat out superior.

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LauraS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love Avanti and our waiter Michael! This was our second visit to Avanti. The food is amazing and they will make anything you want ! So far we haven’t had a dish that wasn’t amazing ! The eggplant rollentini and the mushroom risotto was a great way to start off our evening . Lasagna , chicken Francese , pappardelle beef braised pasta , fettuccine Alfredo chicken all dishes the best we’ve ever had!!! It was my birthday and they brought two amazing desserts “Tiramisu and chocolate mousse!!! Amazing !!!! Avanti is by far the best restaurant we have been to in all of the greater Phoenix area !!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They confirmed our reservation for 9 people for my friend’s engagement dinner and when we showed up, they said all the chef’s had gone home.
We were very disappointed. Almost ruined a special day for someone.
Do not accept reservations that you can’t accommodate!
Do better!

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STEPHANIEC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at Avanti many times for special occasions or date night. It never disappoints. The food is always on point and the service is always high class. Can't wait to go again!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, best Martinis. Michael our server was superb, the food was great and the willingness to accommodate our request was above our expectations. Highly recommend.

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vipKandyBabyy
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Food and atmosphere was great, but the head chef I think his name was Angelo was a little too touchy feely with me and my friend and talking inappropriately. Besides that everything was great. He was just weird and kept randomly coming over to us. He wasn’t our waiter. Our waiter was great!

FAQs

Avanti does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Avanti also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (602) 956-0900.

Avanti is rated 4.7 stars by 1442 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.