Avanti Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 111 N Lake Ave

    Pasadena, CA 91101

    Cross street: 1 Block North of Colorado - Free Parking in Rear

    Map & Directions
  • 626-577-4688

About Avanti Cafe

Hours
Mon-Thu 11am-10pm Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm Sun 11:30am-10pm

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78 W Union St Pasadena, CA

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The food is good and the owner is a Jerk.

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The food is good and the owner is a Jerk.

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Love, Love, Love this pizza! I did though try the pasta and was not happy. They are diffidently skilled pizza makers. I also like the area, location. Nice people, good pizza, what more do you want.

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Love, Love, Love this pizza! I did though try the pasta and was not happy. They are diffidently skilled pizza makers. I also like the area, location. Nice people, good pizza, what more do you want.

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VERY GOOD WOOD-FIRED OVEN PIZZA, no denying that. Love how the crust comes out. Good offering of gourmet pizza toppings.
Service is usually very good (altho I have had one or 2 bad experiences over the years.)
However, the off the chart endorsements from first Elmer Dills and now his son? Seems a bit exaggerated, if you ask me. Their food is good, not great. Not world class. Glad theyre in Pasadena, tho.
At Union and Lake.

4
★★★★☆

VERY GOOD WOOD-FIRED OVEN PIZZA, no denying that. Love how the crust comes out. Good offering of gourmet pizza toppings.
Service is usually very good (altho I have had one or 2 bad experiences over the years.)
However, the off the chart endorsements from first Elmer Dills and now his son? Seems a bit exaggerated, if you ask me. Their food is good, not great. Not world class. Glad theyre in Pasadena, tho.
At Union and Lake.

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This is our default restaurant in Pasadena. Great pizzas (love their thin crust glazed apple with garlic), homemade soups (lentil and chicken/barley) and salads (mediterranean). Not quite as pleased with their the lasagna, but overall a great place.

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★★★★☆

This is our default restaurant in Pasadena. Great pizzas (love their thin crust glazed apple with garlic), homemade soups (lentil and chicken/barley) and salads (mediterranean). Not quite as pleased with their the lasagna, but overall a great place.

Pros: Love their gourmet pizzas and salads

Cons: Pasta not quite as good

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I can only vouch for the wood fired oven pizza - its the best around. Avanti pizza is made with thin crust as in Europe. There is not the heaviness one gets with the chain pizzas. Try it - you'll like it!

4
★★★★☆

I can only vouch for the wood fired oven pizza - its the best around. Avanti pizza is made with thin crust as in Europe. There is not the heaviness one gets with the chain pizzas. Try it - you'll like it!

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I found Avanti Cafe on Citysearch and it's by far the best pizza in Pasadena! I took my family to try it out for dinner and we loved Avanti Cafe. The owner, Bob, is especially nice and we loved eating at this restaurant. It feels very family oriented and we had such a wonderful experience at Avanti Cafe.\r
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AMAZING PIZZA!

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★★★★★

I found Avanti Cafe on Citysearch and it's by far the best pizza in Pasadena! I took my family to try it out for dinner and we loved Avanti Cafe. The owner, Bob, is especially nice and we loved eating at this restaurant. It feels very family oriented and we had such a wonderful experience at Avanti Cafe.\r
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AMAZING PIZZA!

Pros: best pizza in Pasadena

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In summary, the food was good (8 out of 10) but the service was horrible. Upon arrival we were promptly seated but no menus were provided & no drinks were offered or drink orders taken for 10 minutes. We had to ask about the specials which were delivered morosely & coarsely. The bread was old,stale & "rock hard" (it was replaced after we commented on it).

3
★★★☆☆

In summary, the food was good (8 out of 10) but the service was horrible. Upon arrival we were promptly seated but no menus were provided & no drinks were offered or drink orders taken for 10 minutes. We had to ask about the specials which were delivered morosely & coarsely. The bread was old,stale & "rock hard" (it was replaced after we commented on it).

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After having pizzas regularly from Pizza Huts, Papa Johns, etc, I had vouched for avoiding Pizzas for dinner until one night we tried Avanti Cafe. The place has AWESOME pizzas!!.. Beats the other joints by a huge margin. We lived at Del Mar and Lake but often used to drive to this place to just have another one of there selections.. try it.. it's different!

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★★★★★

After having pizzas regularly from Pizza Huts, Papa Johns, etc, I had vouched for avoiding Pizzas for dinner until one night we tried Avanti Cafe. The place has AWESOME pizzas!!.. Beats the other joints by a huge margin. We lived at Del Mar and Lake but often used to drive to this place to just have another one of there selections.. try it.. it's different!

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Although I don't think they're Italians, but an overall great place for pizza. The wood-fired oven gives the crust a different taste. Do recommend it.

2
★★★★☆

Although I don't think they're Italians, but an overall great place for pizza. The wood-fired oven gives the crust a different taste. Do recommend it.

Pros: wood fired oven

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The pizza is a marriage of an innovative Wolfgang Puck creation and Casa Bianca's tasty but traditional thin crust pizza. Feels like a neighborhood place even though it's on a busy corner. Service can be a little inconsistent but generally friendly.

2
★★★★☆

The pizza is a marriage of an innovative Wolfgang Puck creation and Casa Bianca's tasty but traditional thin crust pizza. Feels like a neighborhood place even though it's on a busy corner. Service can be a little inconsistent but generally friendly.

Pros: pizza, casual

Cons: parking can be tough

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To be able to walk and get some good pasta- Avanti Cafe is a good spot. They are a little pricey but nonetheless a good place for food. Go there for lunch or dinner you will like it!!

2
★★★★☆

To be able to walk and get some good pasta- Avanti Cafe is a good spot. They are a little pricey but nonetheless a good place for food. Go there for lunch or dinner you will like it!!

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Okay--I'll concede the Avanti Experience isn't the finest in the world. Service is friendly but inconsistent. Hit or miss on the appetizers, and the salads aren't even worth considering. The pasta is decent, if you must order a non-pizza menu item. But the PIZZA.--that's why I come back. More specifically, I come for the crust. Very, very good. Toppings are adequate. Two comments about reviews below. First, if you order a veggie pizza, the crust might be soggy. Good advice to ask for it well done. Second, I ordered an apple glazed pizza a few weeks ago. Shamefully low on gorgonzola cheese, and there was nothing glazed about the apples--they were just thin slices of apple. Tasty, but certainly not the second coming, which is what I was expecting.

2
★★★★☆

Okay--I'll concede the Avanti Experience isn't the finest in the world. Service is friendly but inconsistent. Hit or miss on the appetizers, and the salads aren't even worth considering. The pasta is decent, if you must order a non-pizza menu item. But the PIZZA.--that's why I come back. More specifically, I come for the crust. Very, very good. Toppings are adequate. Two comments about reviews below. First, if you order a veggie pizza, the crust might be soggy. Good advice to ask for it well done. Second, I ordered an apple glazed pizza a few weeks ago. Shamefully low on gorgonzola cheese, and there was nothing glazed about the apples--they were just thin slices of apple. Tasty, but certainly not the second coming, which is what I was expecting.

Pros: pizza crust, pasta

Cons: service, salads

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Be sure to ask for well-done pizza otherwise it will come out soggy in the middle. The sauce is ok; good selection of gourmet toppings. The garlic rolls appetizer are great to nosh with a salad.

2
★★★★☆

Be sure to ask for well-done pizza otherwise it will come out soggy in the middle. The sauce is ok; good selection of gourmet toppings. The garlic rolls appetizer are great to nosh with a salad.

 

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