Avanti

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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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CM
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been to Avanti several times and it is always excellent.

AC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service and great food. We were the only people in the bar section so we had an intimate setting for a couples dinner. Sergio, our main server, was very helpful in choosing our meal and drinks. The pasta with fresh seafood was amazing. Their garlic bread is the best we have had in a long time. Stuffed shrimp app with a fontina cheese sauce was very unique and delicious. We will return when we are in the area.

C
Phoenix
32 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian anywhere! Angelo is always so welcoming and Sergio is fantastic- which we lived nearer because we would be there twice a week!

J
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant...always great food and cordial service. The staff are welcoming and efficient. The pasta is fresh and always perfect (the lasagna is the best in town). I love the caesar salad and there is one with seafood that is a meal in itself. The soups are always wonderful. The fish dishes are superb and prepared to your taste (try the Dover sole for a table-side presentation). Desserts are yummy. It is great dining for lunch or dinner.

F
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exceptional. A lot of it and extremely good. Service was wonderful.

SG
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place!! It never disappoints. The staff is friendly and the food is very good. You will be well taken care of dining here.

CP
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff is awesome! Food is very good but at the price some of it could be a little better. My favorite was surprisingly the salad, it was amazing. Avanti is definitely a great place for a romantic dinner.

DB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Avanti is a very good Italian restaurant with great service. It does need updated though. The food was very good, but I have had better pappardelle with beef ragu. Portions are large and filling. The garlic bread is absolutely delicious! The owner is a character and is very involved in the running of the restaurant. I'm sure he drives some of the servers crazy. Diners in the restaurant appeared to be locals. We were out of towners.

CA
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Went with our Italian friends, they said the food tastes just like back home. All four of us had something different and we all enjoyed! The calamari was so amazing and the bruschetta did not disappoint. Would definitely recommend!!!!!

JD
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is restaurant week so we wanted to try some place new two other places didn't have the availability we were looking for. So fortunate for us Avanti did. 45 Years in business...Oh my heavens being from NY and NJ this is the kind of old school spot you would see back East. The dinning room was great, the service was the best I've ever had (and I am 50) the food was brought to the table so hot we had to wait for it to cool off (this is a good thing) The Chef goes around and charms you ;) But the food was incredible I had Escargot, the Osso Buco, Pappardelle pasta and my husband had the seafood Cioppino. They were all very good. We are looking forward to going back in the near future!!!

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good service and the food was great!

B
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous dining experience at Avanti. The walls are covered with pictures of famous people who have dined there. They don't go to bad restaurants! :) First taste of mine was the garlic bread - which is the regular bread served to eveyone at no charge. Delicious! Then my Ministrone came - wow - had huge chunks of fresh vegtables - best Minestrone ever. My Chicken Parm was also among the best ever. My friend had steak and pasta dishes - also outstanding. The pasta special was a variety of pastas - all served to perfection. A real jewel in Phoenix - didn't expect Italian fare so good in this city - but Avanti would be successful anywhere.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I went to Avanti for my Birthday. Food was really good & tasty . Service was great as well . Definitely we’ll go back in the future 😜

C
Phoenix
33 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at this restaurant surpasses that in most Italian restaurants across the country! It is fresh and satisfying and the service is excellent. We return to Avanti frequently because we crave the food and everything on the menu from fish to pasta to meat is delicious. Angelo knows how to run a great restaurant and satisfy his customers.

SK
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've lived in the valley for 35 years and driven by Avanti many times but had never dined there until last week for lunch. It was amazing, great service, excellent food and very quiet for my business lunch meeting. Perfect! I highly recommend Avanti and can't wait to take my wife there for dinner!

RC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Party of 7 on a very slow Wednesday night for the Restaurant. All seven of us very pleased with our separate dished. For myself the Osso Bucco hit the spot, which I can highly recommend. Attentive service made the evening smooth. Will return.

ML
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jerry was our server. He was so GREAT! He was great about my food allergy. He went above and beyond! He was very friendly and knowable. He even surprised us with an anniversary cake. The food was amazing too!!!!!!

M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was good and the service was wonderful.

M
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took clients here for dinner on Wed night. Food and wines were delicious which made discussing business easy and enjoyable. Started with oysters rockefeller and escargot, both wonderful, then sole, pasta's and a chicken dish as mains, everyone was satisfied. After 3 bottles of wine we didn't need after dinner drinks but the restaurant brought us sambucca and a selection of desserts on the house, much appreciated.

TK
Tucson
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The restaurant was a bit dated in regards to the ambiance but the food was great, the service was amazing. I would go back.

m
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure eating here. The service is personal without being claustrophobic.
The food is excellent 5 Stars.

D
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Lovely family run restaurant with delicious home style family cooking.

OT
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Avanti is Old-School all the way. From the level of service to the ambiance and beyond this is a journey back in time to the day when First-Class was just that; First-Class with 5-Stars.

Angiolo and his entire staff, right down to the young bus-boy, know exactly what service truly is.

Michael Morrison, CPO, CPS
President/CEO
LionHeart Security Services

BW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always. Atmosphere is quirky and classic!

s
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary and the food and service was excellent.

S
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant surroundings, varied menu with several fish choices, efficient and courteous server. This place has a large parking in front.

c
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a very pleasant time Bar tender, server, and server assistant very accommodating. I would recommend lowing the lights a little more and have light back ground music, cant go wrong with The Rat pack and Italian dinner music, O sole mio.

Addio

RC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The setting is elegant old world Italian with a flair of modern sprinkled in.
Food/service/pricing is exceptional
Each visit is always perfect, even on a busy Friday night

BN
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional. We like to take people there that have not been. The first time I went there was around the time that they originally opened years ago.

LL
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit but not our last! Thank you for making our anniversary special.

S
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A hidden gem right on Thomas Road. Very pleasant inside, good service and excellent food. The Sole Meuneiure was expertly de-boned at the table.

JM
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The pasta sampler is amazing... especially the gnocchi! The pasta fagioli is a little odd, as it has a lot of vegetables in it, but the taste is still good.

KT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for an upscale Italian restaurant with ambiance and fabulous food and we found it!! At first glance we were a little skeptical because the outside was not impressive but we were pleasantly surprised when we walked in. We were greeted by a very nice gentleman who we assume was the owner/chef. It was amusing to watch him oversee all of the happenings and making sure his guests were having a wonderful experience. The food WAS fabulous. We will be going back for sure.

h
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing dining experience. Sergio treated us royally and the ambiance was incredible. So was the food. Can’t wait to come back.

g
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As per usual, the dinner was outstanding. Excellent service to match the lovely ambiance topped with magnificent food.

S
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive wait staff and a wonderfully traditional Italian menu. We enjoyed antipasti, calamari, rapini, sausage, and pasta. Tasty and satisfying.

CA
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Avanti has served consistently delicious food for many years. We always enjoy dining there. Our children grew up dining there and love it still.

LF
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our wedding anniversary last Saturday night at Avanti and it was great! They had live piano music and the atmosphere was great to talk and have a romantic evening. The food and the service was fenomenal! I recommend this restaurant 100%.

F
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant meal. Friendly, attentive staff. Good menu.

DW
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As we walked in we enjoyed the photos of famous people who had dined at Avanti - and we loved the old school vibes of the stunning restaurant. The service was impeccable - and our waiter even overheard that it was my son's birthday and brought a piece of cake with a candle for him! The food was amazing - I will go back to Avanti and order the lasagna again! The others in our party said they will order what they had again also! We look forward to returning to Avanti after this, our first time there.

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