Avanti

4.7
1472 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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  • Romantic Valentines Dinner

    Feb 11 - Feb 14, 2022

    For over 40 years Valentines Day at Avanti has always been famous as the place to have your special romantic evening. Make your reservations early so you don't miss out on your fabulous evening!

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 1472 people are saying
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romain
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience was excellent. The food, as always, was outstanding and the staff was courteous, friendly and made you feel at home. Always a pleasure to dine at Avanti's.

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vipChrisI
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was over the top! Michael our waiter was very professional, and accommodating. He was able to customize our meals to our liking and took good care of us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We were greeted at the door by the owner. Super pleasant gentleman. The food was good but could use a little bit more seasoning. The quality of the food was excellent!

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MarlyndaT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a convention in town and had 9 in our party. We ended up having one more join us and the staff were so accommodating.
The owner/chef was also there welcoming us into the dining area.
This an old school restaurant! So warm, inviting, and a back-in-time place. Check out their photos as you walk in!

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vipBerjo
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful gem in the city. Did not know about this place and they've been here 47 years.

Had the most amazing meal I have ever had in a long time. There were 4 of us and we each ordered a selection of foods. Can't recall all their names but I'll do my best

First and foremost, service was impeccable. Joanie our server was beyond amazing and took very good care of us.
For our drinks, we all ordered martinis then we switched to red wine. Basic but the martinis were simply delicious and they had blue cheese olives y'all.

For appetizers we ordered escargot and fried calamari. Both Highly recommended and that escargot butter and garlic sauce, I could dip my garlic bread in it all day and I'd be happy.

I had the Sole fish, and that fish was so delicious, flaky and the lemon and caper sauce was just Devine.

My friend had the ossobuco Milanese and he loved it and o gave it a try and the meat was tender and juicy.

My other friend had the pasta special, which included three different pastas, and he enjoyed every bite of it.

Finally, my other friend, he had the scampi and scallops and it just was amazing.

We also ordered a 5th dish of papardelle for the table just so we can enjoy more pasta...

Everything was amazing and we are definitely returning.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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LaneS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Service was great! Best Italian food I have had in years! Excellent!

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MikeM
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just great restaurant taking you back to the Sinatra days…cool music, great service, really great food and a super bar area where the piano player is and where we ate dinner. Good enough wine selection - fairly priced. Great overall value - you just need to go try it - am sure you will love it and go back regularly…Mike M Dallas TX.

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Beth
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, authentic food in wonderful old-school atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This place is awesome. Decor is Straight outta 1982. The staff has all probably been working here since then, which means they know how to do it right. The food was very good as expected from such an established local landmark. We had a mix of old world classics and current “fish special” type dishes and all were well executed and satisfying. Clean plates all around with a little room left for the all in house made desserts. Dinner for 5 came to $600+- but included a couple bottles of wine, appetizer and desserts. It felt very reasonable given the evenings experience. How often do you get to say that! So nice to dine in an atmosphere staffed by professionals who obviously love their work. There is an adjacent bar which might help to keep the dining room noise level down to just about right to have good table conversation. We had no difficulty hearing our new clients as we learned more about each other at our table near the door. Dining room midweek wasn’t full until about 7 and only seemed to turn most tables once. You can probably get in without much trouble midweek. I’d come back.

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vipEricW
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All ways a great location to take a date. I can not say enough about the food and the staff.

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AnthonyC
Phoenix
31 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Will always come back to this restaurant

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vipdavem
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

When you walk in this restaurant it has a 70-80s disco vibe that is sort of funky and candidly a little off putting. The old celebrity pictures in the entry way convey the storied history of the place --but are faded and old. BUT DON' LET THAT STOP YOU from eating here. We had excellent and professional service from Michael and fantastic food --especially the pastas and salads. All the food was well prepared and delicious (salad with balsamic dressing and blue cheese, toasted bread, lasagna (wow!), chicken parm and minestrone soup). Our waiter Michael quickly picked up that one of our party was vegan and suggested the dishes that could be made vegan. Overall, a fantastic find for delicious and well prepared Italian food with professional service. We will be back.

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vipMarianne
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive, but not intrusive service. Food was delicious and reasonably priced. We will continue to make reservations.

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ClaudiaV
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the vibe of the restaurant, the food was delicious, great quality and I love the aesthetic of the place!

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MarkL
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Never were greeted when we arrived. When to the bar to get a drink and asked for a menu. Never received either.

Briefly talked to the manager who could care less we were even there. We too busy talking to someone at the bar.

We walked out after 25 minutes of no service.

Will never go back!!!!!!!!!!!

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Kristen
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a group of 7 that decided last-minute to do a nice dinner for NYE. Lucky for us, Avanti had an early evening slot available. This was our first time dining at Avanti so we were excited to see what all of the great reviews were about :)

The staff was AMAZING! They were expecting us upon arrival, were so funny and friendly. They provided GREAT suggestions (side note: The Chianti was wonderful).

We enjoyed our time trying new food items (we ordered the escargot!) and our meals were delicious. I will definitely visit Avanti again.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fabulous restaurant with fantastic food, cocktails and service

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MT27
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Nice place. Probably a tad bit overpriced especially with their wine by the glass selection. The waiter was friendly. The Oysters were okay. The lasagna is absolutely delicious but $25 bucks for a small thing of lasagna is a bit much. We also had the Filet medallion special and it was pretty good. We ended up spending around $140 on a meal that probably should have been closer to $100-$110. Especially since the silverware and glassware wasn’t polished at all- which is a personal pet peeve of mine. All in all, I’d definitely recommend this place. The food is delicious

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vipPatriciaA
Phoenix
43 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went again to celebrate our anniversary. Wonderful experience. We had shrimp cocktail and Caesar salad starters, spaghetti and meatballs that taste like my mother’s and veal piccata. Great drinks and Prosecco, then we had a special dessert.
Thank you

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vipSkip
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a great restaurant with a personality unlike any other.

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Butlers
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the service was awesome. Great energy.

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CYeany
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Amazing appetizer. Incredible entrées. Delicious dessert! You NEED to try the tiramisu.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food so tasty and best quality… love the fried calamari!!! Nice atmosphere and very friendly!!!

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SNicks
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

We always loved this restaurant and went there for Christmas Eve Dinner which I reserved since early November. My husband and I were the only couple seated at a table. Most tables had 4+ people. For some unknown reason, no waiter took our table. The owner came by 35 minutes later and said they are busy and asked if we wanted a drink. After telling my husband he only had Coors Lite, he brought him back a Bud Lite. He made some snide remark and we didn't see him for another 20 minutes when he asked if we wanted to order. He seemed annoyed when we asked what was the fish of the day and other items that weren't clearly explained on the menu. When our food came he brought it to another table clear across the dining room. He disappeared after he dropped off the food and 40 minutes later we finally got him to give us the check. He never asked if we liked the food ( it was very good, Thank God) or if we even wanted dessert and coffee. We felt like we were peasants but we didn't pay peasant prices. We know that Covid has impacted the restaurant business. But from what we were able to see, they had quite a few waiters working and doing a good job at their tables. And the bus people were very good, giving us bread right away and filling water glasses. We've never been treated like this at a restaurant especially by the owner. Sorry to say, this really makes us think twice as to whether we would ever come back to this restaurant which has been a staple in Phoenix for many years.

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vipAZKK
Phoenix
35 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Avanti, and we were very impressed from the moment we walked through the front door. We were seated immediately and then ordered some drinks. The ambiance was pure New York and even had a piano bar nearby. After we were seated, the place began to fill up fast, (now I know why). I ordered the salmon and it was perfectly delicious - moist and flavorful. Mom ordered shrimp (prawn) linguini and our out-of-town guest ordered crab-stuffed sole. We all started off with a Caesar salad, as well, and it was quite tasty. Everyone enjoyed their meals immensely, which was evident by the lack of conversation happening. We topped it off with a tiramisu for the table and some cappuccino. We are definitely coming back, so look out, Angelo! :D * HIGHLY RECOMMENDED *

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DominiqueD
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous treatment!!! Kitchen made special requests that were not on the menu. Always had a full glass . LOVE coming here . We are fussy foodies and rarely got back to a Resturant . This place is a twice a year minimum!!

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DateDinner
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner with my daughter. Wonderful restaurant. Everyone was so attentive to us and others dining. Chef came out and spoke with us to be sure food was to our satisfaction which it certainly was. We will certainly return when we visit Phoenix again.

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CarolynL
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal in the lounge listening to Charles!

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lunchguy1
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great — Old school Italian.

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MarkP
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always enjoy the service and the food at Avanti’s. Never had a bad meal there.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best Italian food in the area. Everything is made from scratch and has been in business for over 47 yrs! They accommodated my entire family (14 of us) for a same day reservation and everyone absolutely enjoyed everything making for a wonderful birthday for my wife!!

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TimothyM
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. Service excellent. Very good place to eat!!! Loved it.

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DennyE
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

New in town and this place was close. Classic Italian fare in a modern setting. Live piano background in the bar seating area is a nice touch.

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vipmaggim
Des Moines
16 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

just a gem of a restaurant - best italian food you will eat

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AnthonyC
Phoenix
32 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food consistently good. Love this place. Owner is very nice.

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Charley
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a hidden Gem! Came here after seeing a concert Dec 5th./2021 Reservations at 6:00.
The second we stepped into the door we knew it was going to be an awesome experience! ( framed photos of past stars that ate there was an interesting note as we moved towards the checki-in table) This place did not disappoint. Our waitress was bubbly, courteous, informative, witty, and professional! Loved her attention to our needs and suggested great ideas for our picks. The WINE was amazing a ‘Pinot Noir’ , light & clean tasting that paired well with our food choices. The food was Sooooo good although I could not eat all of mine, tells you that the serving is ample enough. The best touch of all was when Owner & Chef Angiolo Livi came out in his apron and checked on the tables for feedback. What a class act. He’s been there 47 yrs. and proud of his restaurant and so he should be! Bravo Angiolo only the best survive! One more note, I wear hearing aids and this was a comfortable place for low noise level, I felt so relaxed allowing me to enjoy the conversation. So thank you Avanti for topping off our day with excellence. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Last time was 5 stars all around. For food especially. It was the best Italian we've had. This time the minestrone was not very good. Last time it was the best minestrone soup we ever had. This time there wasn't enough liquid soup base and the vegetables were cut way too big. Also last time they split it which was perfectly this time just two spoons.

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NickS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Avanti provides an enjoyable "old school" atmosphere with excellent service and food. The staff is very personable and professional.

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StephanieG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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 1472 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.