Avanti

4.6
1424 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

  • Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2021

    $44.00 per person

    Sep 17 - Sep 26, 2021

    Experience a Prix Fixe Menu of some of Avanti's Favorites!

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 1424 people are saying
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RichardS
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
9 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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Anniversary2020
Palm Springs
20 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 !!

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vipGerry
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always classically excellently executed Italian.PIANO BAR a huge plus

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my moms 60th last night and it was amazing! They were able to accommodate our large party in a nice private room and the service was amazing! Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Went for Easter brunch buffet Very tight in the ballroom, doors was open so flys we’re getting h into the buffet area on the food. Completely turned off.

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KimR
Tulsa
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The Mothers Day Brunch was excellent as was the service.

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NicoleC
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Went for a the Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet and it was such a disappointment. All of the staff was very unfriendly, the set up was very disorganized and the food was less than mediocre. The shrimp cocktail was extremely over cooked and rubbery, even the pasta dishes tasted like they were from something prepackaged, and to top it off majority of the desserts came from Costco since it was still in the original packaging. I will never be going back to this place.

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PamelaS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great food ! Charming Owner !
Overall a wonderful experience.

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Ralph
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant and can understand why it's been in business for so many years!!!

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Nell
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best food since I was in Greece and Italy area, and the best of service as well.

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vipPatrickH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in AZ. Consistency is the key at this Italian restaurant. I’m from the East Coast and no other restaurant in AZ comes close to authentic Italian food. Always a pleasure seeing Angelo, Sergio, and Andrew.
Ive been going to Avanti for over 16 years now and whether it’s just dinner out or a special occasion Avanti is always my top pick. Keep up the good work Fellas!!!!

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vipSTEVEo
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here in 35 years and don't know why it took so long to return. It is now one of my favorites. Came for the Escargot and stayed for everything else. Food, service, atmosphere all outstanding. Sitting in bar next time.

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KellyB
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our 3rd time to Avanti. We sit at the bar because we absolutely love the bartender, Mike. He is great and gives us recommendations on what to try and each dish has been amazing. Kudos to the chef as well. This visit was on a Saturday night and it was much busier than our previous visits. Mike seemed to do it all and made it look easy! We will go back for the service (Bartender Mike) and the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful from start to finish! Food is so good & the owner even stopped by our table to say hello. 10 on a scale of 1 to 10.

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 4.6 stars by 1424 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.