Avanti

4.5
1432 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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Experiences

  • Rombauer Wine Dinner

    $120.00 per person

    Oct 22, 2021 only

    Join us for one of our most popular winer dinners of the season. Reception plus 4 courses paired with Wines from Rombauer Vineyards. Reception starts at 6:30 and dinner at 7:00
  • Thanksgiving Brunch 10:00am - 3:00pm

    $43.95 per person

    Nov 25, 2021 only

    Let Avanti do the cooking for you. Avanti is the place to celebrate Thanksgiving with your loved ones!

Safety precautions

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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1432 people are saying
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Phjax
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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!!

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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
1 review
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!

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CarlaM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was good but I really loved the service and how the owner talked to everyone. He was very funny and at 82 years old still working hard and making customers smile. That's what it is all about.

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Ryan
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This place has an old-timey charm, with an excellent staff, and incredible food.

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vipThomasS
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week great time

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RichardS
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! I’m talking old school. The was I was raised in hospitality. Some may think it’s dated, yes it is . Back when things were done correctly. If you want to scream at your dinner companion over loud music , this place is not for you. Probably the best lasagna I’ve ever had. I will be back often

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avanti had amazing service along with spectacular food! The owner of 47 years wasn’t just walking around checking on every guest, he was also serving, answering the phone and attending to a large party. He made the experience phenomenal! The food was filling but I wasn’t stuffed. I went there with a friend for restaurant week. For all of my 38 years living in Phoenix I have never been to Avanti and I kicking myself for not going sooner. I only remembered to take photos of the desserts but they were amazing. You could taste that everything they made was from scratch! Honestly amazing authentic Italian food (the owner is from Florence, Italy).

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DaveinAZ
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Old school Italian cuisine elevated above spaghetti and pizza. Interior is nice but dated. We will be back.

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WillM
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My family and I have been going to Avanti for many years. The food is always wonderful and if you don't see what you want on the menu which is hard to do because there is a lot of great items on the menu, The chef can usually make something special. If you are looking for authentic Italian cuisine, Avanti would be a great choice.

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CarolynL
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! We love their meat lasagna, and osso bucco, and Charles is a fabulous piano player!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avanti’s is always a great experience. We love everything about it!

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LeeM
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Osso Bucco was out of this world, Filet of Sole was just as good.

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vipWoodwinman
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always feel like we are very important when we dine at Avanti. Everyone from Angelo down greets us and checks on us to make sure everything is great, and it always is. We love it there!

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vipiceman77
Phoenix
67 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn't been here in a while as we weren't impressed with our last experience a couple of years ago. I'm so glad we gave them another shot. The food was so good, the service (yes, you, Sergio!) was amazing. We loved it so much, we reserved our next visit while we were still seated at our table (thank you. OpenTable)!

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Zalba
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dont often get Gnocchi as I find it a bit heavy for a meal. However, Avantis is excellent, very light in texture and actually could have eaten more. Oso Bucco is always great and love the bar atmosphere. Only drawback was I went on a Sunday evening and missed the piano player in the lounge.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Always a good experience but sadly like everywhere else it seemed under staffed. Our server tried really hard to make it special and he did although he was very busy. We will definitely be back as this is a family favorite and always such a great time. I hope that people go back to work!

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vipRayG
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Real Authentic food and top notch service!!

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vipDesertDiner
Phoenix
86 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With superb food, service, and ambience (lighting and music), Avanti is a great place to relax and visit with friends and family.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The Chef who was also hosting that night never asked if we had a reservation. May or may not have even greater us just asked how many. Pointed out to the dining room and said take the booth over there.

Prices for wine were way outside the normal for a restaurant and only one brand for glass pours.

When he dropped of bread he prefaced it by saying “extra crispy” and “if we don’t like it that’s our fault”. It was black on one side.

Our server was not terrible but wine service wasn’t the best. Touching bottles to the glass and just kind of hovering over us.

The food was veal was mediocre at best. Bland and unappealing.

The kicker is the next day we get food poising.

Atmosphere is strait out of the 1980s right down to the zebra print booths and giant rose pairings? I don’t know what else to call them and of coarse mirrors everywhere.

I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone.

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BrandiH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nathanael was an amazing server

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JackO
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I am surprised by all of the positive reviews on this place. The food just wasn’t very good.

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vipAlysonM
Sacramento
18 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such an amazing time! We booked this last minute and weren’t sure what to expect! Food was absolutely amazing service was great we had a great time!

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Anniversary2021
Palm Springs
21 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was closing early but honored our late reservation. Did and service were great. We'll be back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place for a date night I highly recommend it!!! Michael was an outstanding server which made the experience all the better!

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ScottR
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a fantastic time! It is definitely an old style restaurant with autographs all over the place! Our waiter was kind, the drinks strong and the food was great!!

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vipmartinigirl
Indiana
24 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We were really looking forward to a nice traditional Italian dinner but we were disappointed. The service was confusing. There were three servers came to our table but that did not help the efficiency nor the speed of services.

If fact, things got worse when more dinner guests came in filled up the other tables, we were neglected. All servers moved over to take care of the late comers.

We had told all our servers that we want my soup and my husband’s mussels served at the same time. They brought my soup but the mussels was not severed until after my soup was getting cold and I had to finish it. My husband’s mussels were served after all other bigger tables got their foods.

By the time our entrees’ were served, other tables were all had their dinners and ready for after dinner cigarettes and dessert. My Eggplant Parmesan and my husband’s veal specify were average at best.

It took a while to get our bill after we already finished our dinner. We noticed that they charged two (2) dirty martinis but I only had one. It, again, took a while for them to correct the bill.

We really started with high expectations for this dinner but we got out with great disappointment.

We do not plan to go back to Avanti for our dinners. There are plenty of good Italian restaurants around Phoenix and Scottsdale areas. We enjoy dining out but Avanti will not be on our list.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dad always talked about enjoying Avanti’s in the 80’s. Lots of wonderful moments. I thought let’s take dad for fathers dad!! Super fun to see all the movie star photos on the walls, and our waiter remembered all 5 of our orders without writing down a sing note. Food was full of flavor, I would recommend coming here for any special occasion you want to celebrate!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Loved the eggplant parm

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ShawnH
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great meal when we come to Avanti. Great service we even enjoyed the gentleman playing the piano in the bar. We always look forward to our next visit.

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BillP
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great evening with excellent service and good food.

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vipdavistempe
Phoenix
99 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avanti is a first class restaurant. The staff is always very professional . Geraldo is very attentive. We have been dining here since the late '70's . On this visit we had the fresh Grouper which was perfectly cooked.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was decent

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vipMiMi215
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food I ever had, love the food and service. And the owner is a sweetheart ! Until next trip Scottsdale, your Philly crew will be back soon !!

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 4.5 stars by 1432 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.