Avanti

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$31 to $50
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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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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avanti is my favorite place for combining great food and old world atmosphere.

SG
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. The staff and owner are fantastic. Great food, great customer service

CS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience!!! Will definitely come back again in the future.

OT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We went on feb 15. We were never told it was a carry over menu for Valentine’s Day. Very disappointing. We so were looking forward to dining there as neither we nor the couple we were with had ever dined there before but had heard only good things. My husband and I have lived in the valley for 36 years and we’re finally going to dine there.

MK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn't been out on a date night for a couple of years and thoroughly enjoyed everything about Avanti! The service was excellent and the food was amazing! The only recommendation I have is go early if you can, there was a line to get in when we left!

MM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service amazing food Michael B our Server was amazing keep it up

J
Phoenix
128 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came here with friends for Valentine’s dinner. Everything was perfect, from the impeccable service to the wine and yummy food. Will be back!!

EF
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Lovely Valentines Dinner with great food and excellent service.

K
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We made the mistake of going on Valentines Day, though our reservation was for 5:00. There were many male servers rushing around a restaurant with only about 1/3 of the tables filled. When one waited on us, he was polite but very hurried. We weren’t asked if we’d like a cocktail, which we did. When taking our dinner order we weren’t asked if we wanted wine, which we did, but were feeling so rushed by that time we didn’t order it. My dinner, cannelloni, was very good. My husband’s white clam sauce was flavorless.
I might excuse this hectic pace except when we left, the parking lot was not filling back up with later diners. What was the rush?? It was a very poor experience and the decor very dated and uncohesive between the different dining rooms.

R
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and our experience was great! The only downfall was that there was nobody on the piano.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was super, as always. Avanti is becoming my favorite Italian restaurant!

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and friendly staff!

n
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner has been there for 40 + years. This is true Italian food. Not Olive Garden. Although the decor looked dated, it actually added to the authenticity of the restaurant.

CB
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The waiter was great and very helpful. I would definitely recommend it.

RA
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic Phownix Italian. Great food and great value.

R
Phoenix
34 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

When the reservation was made, it was specified that we were celebrating a birthday. After the check was paid, we remembered that and told the owner. He brought us (4 people) two desserts. Although late, we appreciated it.

We decided to go back because our last visit was wonderful.

This time, however, the service was sporadic and the food was not as good as our memory. The chicken parmigiana was not tender. The eggplant was over saturated with sauce.

I’m not sure there will be a return visit seeing the plethora of Italian restaurants in town.

JP
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND AVANTI TO ANYONE THAT WANTS A GREAT ITALIAN EXPERIENCE I WAS VERY HAPPY WITH THE WINE SELECTION AND THE FOOD WAS VERY WELL PAIRED WITH THE FOOD AS WELL. ME AND MY FAMILY HAD A GREAT TIME I WILL BE BACK FOR SURE TO AVANTI THANKS FOR THE EXPERIENCE GUYS!

S
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We were not met at the door. The place was crowded even though we arrived early. The food was not what we are accustomed to at a winemakers dinner. Service was harried and hectic. Wine pourings were very generous.

JJ
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants I've been to--hands down. Kudos to Michael, our server, whose passion is clearly food. Can't think of any complaints at all! Will definitely come back next time I'm in Phoenix.

J
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, hardly anyone else, which could be scary. Food and service were excellent. We’ll be back a

c
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Varied menu...for everybody and my 94 yr old mom is picky!
Servings a little too large....brought home half of my risotto
Honest....I made a very big addition error and they corrected it
A little pricey, but OK in view of quality of food, size of serving general overall excellence of ambiance, food and staff

KS
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can always rely on Avanti’s for great food and great service. Angelo and his team work hard to provide top quality food. The grouper special was amazing!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, enjoyed listening to the piano jazz.

MR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great Old School Italian!
Always has been!!
If located in Scottsdale, you wouldn't be able to get a reservation.
Blows Maggiano's away!!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

All around fantastic.
The ambiance is perfect - classy and refined yet not pretentious. The food was delicious - simply presented and homely.
But the main draw cane from the service - Luis made the experience special with his excellent attention to detail, honest recommendations, ample friendliness. We will be returning for this alone, delicious food and pleasant surroundings not withstanding.

W
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Old world/neighborhood Italian restaurant, with outstanding family feel service & delicious tasting dishes .

We will be back !

OT
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve Dinner great!

A
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very fresh and delicious flavor. Having travelled to Italy this meal was as close to being in a restaurant in Rome! Service was excellent with very attentive staff.

TK
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very pleasant dinning experience. Service and food was excellent. The short initial wait that I had was offset by a very pleasant conversation with other customers. Angelo, Avanti is the best restaurant in Phoenix!

C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Angelo always has Avanti’s running like a top is a gracious host, and his restaurant is timeless

EF
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As Always the food, service and ambiance was
Excellent.

KW
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Michael was simply outstanding. Knowledgeable, memorable, added to the pleasure of everyone's meal. The food was exceptional. Great ambience for a business lunch.

GC
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I picked for a special occasion because of good dining experiences before. Was not disappointed yet again. Fabulosio! Sergio’s service and recommendations were par excellence. What a great and history filled dining experience. Highly recommend for the historic, Italian eating experience.

PK
Phoenix
49 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Annual gathering of friends punctuated with laughter & embellished with fine food. The service was amiable.

MW
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic old school italian. Reminded me of good Chicago italian. Great italian feel. Fresh homemade pasta. Outstanding service from everyone in the restaurant, from bartender to host to servers/busboys.

LB
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant and accommodating, the food and service here are top notch. I love eating here and my friends and family enjoy their evening as well. Thank you Avanti for making every meal special.

S
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic!

ES
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were welcomed enthusiastically and seated in a pretty room. Our waiter was wonderful! Attentive and helpful. We split several dishes and the kitchen split them for us...big plus! Portions were large. Shrimp salad was fantastic, oysters fresh, grouper superb. Big recommendation.

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, Amazing food.

BW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, exceptional service, missed the owner coming out to greet us. He is always a highlight!