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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (19)
Good for a Date (18)
Romantic (18)
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Special Occasion (16)
Authentic (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Cozy (10)
Business Meals (10)
Good for Groups (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Live Music (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Casual (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful decor and lighting and always a great place to bring out of state guests.
The Lasagna, the Seafood Risotto, and the Fish Special were outstanding. Our waiter was
very knowledgeable and explained in detail the preparation and ingredients in
each dish.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Always good to go to Avanti, the owner greets you, the servers aree friendlyu and the atmosphere is wonderful. You can visit withoput beoing deafened by the background music. A great restaurant

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Our experience at Avanti was excellent. We were greeted by the owner and seated at a lovely table. My cabernet was delightful and the pour was generous. We both decided on one of the specials, a rib-eye with shrimp and vegetables, it was so delicious! Steaks were cooked to perfection. I was in the mood for dessert but my friend was not, I took the amaretto cheesecake to go. OMG, HEAVEN! I wish I had ordered two pieces. Will look forward to a return visit soon.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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food5
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service5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

If you are looking for old school New York italian this is it and perhaps only it in Phoenix
Still serves reals Dover solve filleted tableside
Only restaurant with balls to make real carbonara instead of trying to pass off Alfredo as the real thing
Has not changed in 30 years
Will continue to come again

Tags: Authentic
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food5
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

I like to try new places even if you have to drive a distance. This was for a special occasion & it well worth it! Service was beyond outstanding!!! Food was delicious, a little on the pricey side but the taste & service made it worth it!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 8, 2018

The food, the server, the cocktails--all of it was great!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Decided to try Avante for our anniversary dinner. Did indicate when making reservations that it was an anniversary dinner (as well as celebrating other things). We arrived about 7 minutes early and the owner, I'm guessing, immediately sat us down. However, no menus were given to us. We figured a server would provide menus when we're greeted. Someone brought water, then a basket of warm bread, but no menus. We sat some more, checked out the décor, ate some of the bread, and wondered if we needed to get the menus ourselves. I finally flagged someone if we can have menus.

Once we had menus, we finally received service. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly. He made some suggestions that turned out to be great, such as the Involtini of Eggplant appetizer and Ossobuco Milanese as one of the entrees. My guy said the eggplant had a nice flavor to it, but he wouldn't care to order it again. He loved the Ossobuco though. I tried a bite, it was rich with flavor and the meat was moist. I ordered salmon encrusted with herbed parmesan. That was a nice dish as well.

At the end of our meal, there was no mention of our anniversary, nor was a dessert offered to celebrate our anniversary. We ordered desserts anyway. He had the cannoli, I chose Amaretto cheesecake. Both were sweet and delicious. I couldn't finish mine, I was so stuffed. He ordered coffee too, then regretted having it after seeing how much it was on bill.

We both decided that our dinner selections were very good, and wouldn't mind coming back again, but this time bring our parents as they may enjoy the black and white retro décor and ambiance. Other than the 20 minute lull in the beginning and no one acknowledged our anniversary, overall it was a good dining experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Everything about the restaurant is excellent. I l liked it that they pour a good drink. ( too often restaurant's try to stiff you on drinks, but not here). Also the service was top notch, admittedly the food was expensive, but superb. It's the perfect restaurant for a romantic or special occasion dinner. I also enjoyed the nightly piano with just the right touch. I definitely recommend this place.

Tags: Bar Seating, Live Music, Fun, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had a wonderful New Year’s Eve dinner. Elegant change from loud bars,awful music, and no acoustics . It’s nice to know there is still a gracious restaurant around,

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 31, 2017

W have been coming for a number of years, and brought friends for the 1st time. We just thought things were off this time & very disappointed. Also seems like pasta prices increased & perhaps should include a cup of soup or salad with the pasta. We thought it was pricey for the food. Will not rush back. We drive 45 min. to get to the restaurant, and felt something is missing.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic
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food3
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I haven't been here in probably twenty years and was invited by dear friends. The food was fantastic and the service impeccable. I will come back again and won't wait as long to revisit the next time around!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The atmosphere is fun for Christmas Eve. The food was delicious and the waiter was great when he had time for us. Possibly a bit understaffed because of the Holiday.

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent service and an old world Italian feel, but mediocre food at an exorbitant price. Good wine selection but still higher than usual mark up for a fine dining restaurant list compared to purchasing price.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Best Italian restaurant I've been to in a long while! Service and food top notch! We went as a post-theater dinner and was perfect.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The BEST filet I've ever had! Yes, I realize it was an Italian restaurant-ha!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great service, excellent food, slightly pricey. Picked up family from the airport, wanted someplace near the airport, so I tried Avanti based on past reviews. They loved it, will go there again.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 13, 2017

I loved everything about Avanti. Walked through the front door with great expectations and was not disappointed. The service was impeccable, the cuisine spot on (amazing carpaccio, bright salad, superb Osso Buco, fresh cannoli), the wine list is diverse without being intimidating, and the espresso and Licor 43 after dinner was the perfect way to end the meal. My server was knowledgeable and professional. It was a perfect experience.

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food5
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Still one of the best restaurants in Phoenix, if not the best.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food and service was awesome but dinning room was dated. Surprisingly empty for a Saturday night but the linguini and clams was one of the best I have ever had. I would put it against some of the best Italian in NYC. As long as it’s all about the food then this is the place for you!

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We enjoyed the Italian food---very authentic, as it has always been. Our waiter was knowledgeable and professional and took the time to explain the dishes, drinks, etc.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Comfort Food, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Service was great and food was amazing! We will definitely return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We were on a girls trip from MN. We had a baby with us and the staff and chef were so cute with her. Service was incredible and the food was amazing. The ambience was wonderful so peaceful and relaxing.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Always the best pasta and service from Angelo and his entire team.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Seafood risotto was amazing. Lasagna was really good but would have been elevated if it had included a meat choice. Large group. Was not nudged to hurry. Everyone was very accommodating. Ambience Sinatra era. Will definitely return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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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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 (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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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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