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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

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (28)
Special Occasion (25)
Romantic (24)
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Good for Anniversaries (24)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Authentic (20)
Cozy (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Business Meals (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Comfort Food (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Bar Seating (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Live Music (4)
Fun (3)
Seasonal (3)
Casual (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 3 days ago

I highly recommend this restaurant. Great atmosphere, awesome service and the food was beyond amazing!! I will definitely be coming back. I would recommend for date night or special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

We went for Valentines Day. I called the restaurant before making reservations to ensure it was the normal menu. I was told that it was a shorter version, but yes -- it's the normal menu. Then I had my wife call two days in advance to RE-ENSURE that there wasn't something exotic going on. And she was told the same. The day we went to the restaurant, we were called by Angelo at the restaurant (same person who I spoke to a number of days earlier) and he told me that while it's the same menu, the prices are different. Yes, they were indeed, and I had 90 minutes warning on that. He told me to ask for him at the restaurant when we checked in, and I did that, but he never came by. He had 90 minutes to do so, but we left without any adjustments or courtesies. It was a good filet as always, as was our salads, but they were jacked up in price which I had been trying to avoid. I certainly COULD have avoided that problem if I'd not gotten bad advice from Avanti in two earlier calls.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 3 days ago

Fabulous. Valentines Day at primetime – 6:15 PM. Both the bar and the restaurant were jammed for. Kitchen was a wee bit slow, but food was hot, service was excellent, andwe had a fabulous time.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined 5 days ago

Avanti accepted a 10:00pm reservation. Upon arriving at 9:55pm we were turned away and told they were closed and the chef left an hour earlier. This really should not happen. It was very disappointing, not to mention quit inconvenient. We had to wait about 7 minutes in Avanti’s parking lot for our Uber driver to arrive to take us back to the hotel hungry and tired.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Wow great service my waiter was friendly attentive knowledgeable a real gentleman. My wife & I had a great date night, Thank You!
I’m an old man in a wheelchair and they made it very comfortable for me.

Thank you
Mark

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Fun, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined 6 days ago

Our favorite italian restaurant in Phoenix. Great food, excellent service, old school ambience. Perfect for special occasions or anytime.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We go to Avanti 3-4 times a year. Every time we are there we are greeted by the owner. He is very friendly. There is not turn over of staff. We have had the same waiters for the last four years. The food is amazing!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Delicious, old school, Italian food (with a couple of flaws) complimented by very good service and atmosphere. Started by splitting the crab stuffed shrimp served on a bit a spinach and napped with a cheese/brandy sauce. Two shrimp that were big enough to share, however the dish was a sea of white sauce on a white plate without even a sprig of parsley for a bit of contrast/color.

My guest thoroughly enjoyed her perfectly cooked Parmesan crusted salmon. She shared a bit and I can understand why. I had chicken Francese, which was flavorful though tough (overcooked?) complimented by a scant few capers and a single, quartered artichoke heart. Could have been very good...but wasn't.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Owner was great, food was good, basically had to get my own drinks from the bar.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Amazing piano player and delicious home made pasta!

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The best gnocchi I have ever eaten! We were celebrating a birthday and they brought out a dessert with a candle on it. If you like Italian food, you won't be disappointed.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great dining experience and owner was a lot of fun!

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Eating at Avanti's makes any meal into a special occasion. We havew been going there for many years and have never been disappointed!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Everything was fantastic every bite, sip of wine and service. Veal shank, trio-pasta and prefect tender Calimari

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 29, 2018

I have been dining at Avanti for 30 years and I have never had a bad meal. Angelo is one of my favorite people. Being greeted by his wonderful smile and charming personality makes every visit a wonderful experience. The staff is always very attentive and treat you like family.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 29, 2018

It was my wife's 70th Birthday and our five married children and spouses together with my wife's brother and his wife surprised her on Sunday evening, January 28. [14 people] The food was excellent, servers prompt and the prices within reason for such good quality.
It's been too long since our previous visit and we will return soon. Also, the private room served our family well.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Wonderful restaurant. Staff friendly and owner interested in providing excellent food and service. They want you to enjoy dining their.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Angelo and Jerry were spot on......in service and the food was delicious

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great Italian food!

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We had a delightful evening with great service and the pleasant surprise of great food. We had hordevous of calimari and the pasta special, both excellent. The fish special was sole in an egg batter crust and was light and fluffy. The ribeye with scampi was prepared with skill and great on the palate. Not Many steak dishes. Pastas were great. Limited wine list but what they had was great.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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 13, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 9, 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 7, 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 6, 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 6, 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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 30, 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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 29, 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 24, 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 24, 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 23, 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 15, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 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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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 12, 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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 7, 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 2, 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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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 2, 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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