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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!
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Italian, Mediterranean, Continental
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Thomas and 28th Street
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Piano Bar Music
DJ Music for private functions
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
Private Lot in front of restaurant with ample parking and enough room for large buses to turn-around.
Valet parking is offered.
Picks up and drops off in front of restaurant.
Complimentary ride service from most hotels
Owner Chef Angiolo Livi & assistant Chef Luis DeOrta
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.
Let us make your vision a reality, Full service catering from flowers to linens. Its is our pleasure to serve.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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