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About Avanti

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!

2728 East Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Continental

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Thomas and 28th Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(602) 956-0900

Website:
http://www.avanti-phoenix.com/

Entertainment:
Piano Bar Music


Guest Bands


DJ Music for private functions

Catering:
Avanti's catering division prides itself on creative, logistically executed events you and your guest will enjoy and remember! From large sit-down dinners to informal buffets Avanti has been catering for over 25 years. Authentic Italian dishes, homemade pasta, and hearty Tuscan inspired meats

Parking Details:
Private Lot in front of restaurant with ample parking and enough room for large buses to turn-around.


Valet parking is offered.

Public Transit:
Picks up and drops off in front of restaurant.
Complimentary ride service from most hotels

Executive Chef:
Owner Chef Angiolo Livi & assistant Chef Luis DeOrta

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Make your Holidays special Reservations Now!
Great Buffet's the whole family to enjoy!
Catering yourself? Pick up everything you need at Avanti.
OR
Let us make your vision a reality, Full service catering from flowers to linens. Its is our pleasure to serve.

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Private Dining

Avanti offers 3 Private Dining Rooms as well as the option to buy-out the restaurant for large banquets and private events. Custom designed menus and complimentary printed menus. Entertainment, flowers, decorations and special order celebration cakes available.

Avanti Ratings and Reviews

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4
3
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

87% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (16)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Special Occasion (11)
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Good for Birthdays (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Authentic (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Cozy (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Business Meals (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Spicy (2)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Music (1)
Casual (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Been going to
Avant's for many years and it has never been anything but a delightful experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent, as usual. One of the best Italian restaurants in Arizona.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The ambiance was fantastic. The lighting was perfect. The service was exceptional. The food was good, but the prices were a little high. The garlic bread was terrific and had a good garlic flavor. The Iced tea was freshly brewed and flavorful.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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food4
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great service.. yummy food... terrific atmosphere! Will definitely return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We had a very good dinner and a lovely evening. We recommend the restaurant to those who want a quieter atmosphere, good food and excellent service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Nice quiet Italian place. Food good and good value. Nothing exceptional but got the job done for the evening.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The shrimp and scallops with spicy pasta was excellent. The restaurant has a very nice ambiance and the service was excellent. The have a great selection of wine as well. Great find!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I was shocked when I got the bill! Over $300.00 for dinner for two of us. After checking over the bill, I realized I was charged for an additional eight drinks@ $10.00 each. that we never received. Upon looking closer I realized I was also charged for two bottles of wine @$68.00 a bottle when in fact we only had ordered one bottle! After arriving we request a booth, which they seated us in, order drinks and were brought menus. Had a couple of drinks the waiter kept rushing us to order but we weren't ready to order so they took our menus. When we asked for them back a little later ,the waiter brought them and when we opened them up and NO MEMU inside!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Sergio's friendliness and service is unmatched! Great recommendations on the menu that were excellent!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Vegan, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 17, 2017

A local favorite since 1974 for all the right reasons. Elegant yet comfortable atmosphere, old school service, and best of all, a unique menu consisting of mouthwatering Italian cuisine. I am a native of Phoenix, remember dining there since I was a kid, and the quality of food and service is truly "distinctive."

I started out with a Kettle One martini straight up to accompany the Osetra caviar (pricey, but worth every penny). My wife ordered the escargot - a item that's been on the menu for years - and loved every morsel. We shared the Cesar salad that was made from scratch, and for my entree, the owner recommended the pounded and lightly battered bone-in veal chop, and for good reason. It was crispy and fork tender with a unique blend of spices that reminded me of my favorite trattoria in Italy.

Avanti is a must try for those who appreciate truly authentic Italian cuisine in a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere that seems to be lost in today's local cookie-cutter establishments. To me, Avanti is the Italian version of Durants; a treasured Phoenix gem that makes you keep coming back for more.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

Avanti is always been special to us. When visiting Phoenix from Ohio we would make an effort to have an evening at Avanti due to the fine dining experience and ambiance. The wait staff is unparalleled.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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·Dined on August 29, 2017

Chef stepped in to recommend lunch option for me. Good suggestion. Very tasty. My friend had asked for chicken on his salad and got salmon. Despite the surprise, he liked it. We both liked the place despite the unusual service. It was nice to meet the chef. He was super friendly and eager to please.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Went based on the recommendation of a friend. We were a bit early for our reservation Friday night, yet we were promptly seated. The waitstaff, headed by our waiter, Andrew, were all outstanding throughout the evening. They were patient with the fact that we had a bit of a schedule, and were very accommodating to that. At the end of the meal, the owner walked us out to our cars, and couldn't have been more gracious. We will be back, and not infrequently.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Outstanding Italian cuisine. Impeccable service. I will make Avaniti's a regular.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Spicy, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Avanti was very good for visiting with friends. The Italian and 40s music was nice. Food great. Servers very friendly. Will go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Have been going to Avanti for years, and it's always good (classic Italian food, with pasta much better than any I've had in Italy!), but this time was particularly great--possibly because of refinements in the menu (the re-make of their classic Benito salad is wonderful) or because of the excellent Brunello di Montalcino Ruffino that accompanied the meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Romantic
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Great service in a style that is all too rare these days or poorly imitated. Parmesam infused salmon that is out of this world.

1 person found this review helpful.
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Chef. Owner hand visited tables ignoring others. Will not go back

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Love this restaurant! The food service, and atmosphere are outstanding!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Avanti has been in the valley for over 40 years and although the decor is a bit outdated, it adds to the overall charm of the restaurant and honors it's well deserved long standing history. The service was absolute perfection and we loved meeting the owner and hearing his passion for his craft. The food is seriously outstanding, the pastas are hand-made and every meal at the table was fabulous. We will definitely be back!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 2, 2017

After reading wonderful reviews I wanted to take my Son here for dinner while I'm here visiting. I felt like I walked into an OLD 70's disco...VERY outdated look! The service was terrible for a restaurant that had only 4 other tables (of which seemed to be regular old timers) and we had 3 different people come to our table between Long periods of time. I ordered a prosecco to drink and they brought me an awful warm flat wine. I had the seafood risotto for dinner that had absolutely no taste and it was more like watered down rice...definitely NOT risotto. I honestly wanted to send my food back (as did my Son) but we really wanted to just vacate quickly so we didn't even bother (since no one even came to the table to ask how everything was!). VERY disappointed and I honestly don't understand the great reviews other than who knows what those people are used to eating!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 30, 2017

My wife and my two sons had the pleasure to celebrate my wife's birthday there.
The food was excellent great presentation and the service was outstanding. We would highly recommend this place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on July 25, 2017

Superb service, excellent tortellini soup.......quiet and romantic

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 23, 2017

EXCELLENT CHOICE. PERSONAL ATTENTION AND GREAT FOOD!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 23, 2017

A great dinner! Wonderful food and service was top notch. The decor is reminiscent
of the 1970s, but with Sinatra being played in the background, it added to the atmosphere in a good way. Pasta was authentic and delicious. Will definitely go there again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Live Music, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

I met the owner's daughter on a plane and she recommended Avanti. She gave me a little history about the restaurant and it sounded intriguing so my husband and I tried it the next evening. The food was wonderful, authentic Italian. We started with the fried calamari which fresh light and flavorful, my husband had the lobster special and I had the seafood stuffed sole. Both were wonderful and the price on the lobster was very reasonable. Can't wait to return!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 21, 2017

This restaurant was a surprise at how authentic Italian food can be in Phoenix. The waitstaff the presentation the attention given to detail did not go unnoticed. I will be back there

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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Best Pasta EVER!!! We'll be back!!

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The finest ol'skool Italian in Phoenix. Always enjoy the service and the food is amazing.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The service is the best in our city. They are so attentive and sweet. The food is very good and the ambience is quite and relaxing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Great service is the norm here. The food is also consistently good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 30, 2017

As usuall, a great authenitic Italian experience. Terrific Osso Buco and Veal, with homemade gnocchi. Make sure to ask for the oyster Rockefeller and homemade Ceaser salad....best Italian in Arizona, hands down.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 18, 2017

It was a lovely and most enjoyable
time for the three of us.
Service impeccable
Food and cocktails perfect
We love Avanti
And plan to try your happy hour
very soon!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Live Music
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Very disappointed this time. Did not meet our expectation.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 15, 2017

We really enjoyed our dinner at Avanti's. The manager, bartender, server were all wrapped up in the same friendly man. Sergio, along with his trusty side-kick, were all the staff that we saw but they more than took care of us. There was a good selection of traditional Italian food. The ambiance was old school but fun, mirrors everywhere! Good seafood and a lobster special which was a bargain. I had the veal special which was wonderful. Good wine and delicious desert. It was a relaxed and not fussy atmosphere. We will go again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Awesome food, service and overall feel. It's like stepping back in time.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 1, 2017

This place is a hidden gem. It's not cheap, but it's worth it for a special occasion. Delicious food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Had excellent experience 2 years ago...returned to celebrate a special birthday with friends. Initial service was slow...it was "Restaurant Week" & although that was not the reason we chose this eatery; I was aware of it and had to ask to see the "special menu". The waiter seemed surprised (dismayed?) and asked, "Oh, you want the Restaurant Week menu?" & returned with only one copy for a table of four. (We have been to many restaurants during "Restaurant Week" and always found the special offerings included as an insert in each menu...it made me feel a bit odd having to ask for it). Also....the un-named Cabernet (admittedly only $30) was a VERY INEXPENSIVE bottle that retails for less than $7). Overall; a bit disappointing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Beautiful restaurant. Great ambiance. Superb food.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 20, 2017

This was our 2nd trip to Avanti. The food was excellent. The service was very good, as well. Friendly owner and staff. Will definitely return to this place.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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