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Avanti - Italian Restaurant & Lounge

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34 River Rd, Meriden, CT 06451-5026
203-440-9990
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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What a lunch great service food was amazing I had the chicken with spinich the only thing I would do differently I'd get the side of pasta no sauce to soak up the wonderful lemon wine sauce how ever the marinara was good I had a coffee drink for dessert almond joy I think very entertaining can't... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

What a lunch great service food was amazing I had the chicken with spinich the only thing I would do differently I'd get the side of pasta no sauce to soak up the wonderful lemon wine sauce how ever the marinara was good I had a coffee drink for dessert almond joy I think very entertaining can't wait to try... More 

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Salisbury, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I grew up with thin crust southern Italian style pizza that my grandma (nonna) made. Finally found it at Avanti's. They serve a small, medium and large. The large is for big families. Four of had full bellies on the medium. The crust is perfectly brown and slightly crispy. The sauce is from good ripe sweet tomatoes cooked right with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in the area. Starting with the bread and the oil service at the table to start through the main meals of all different varieties the desserts are to die for. Service is always great and you never have to wait.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Great food, friendly staff, good service, small and comfy atmosphere. Great Italian food and wine. Just what the doctor ordered

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Meriden, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We love to eat here on a regular basis but new people took over and since then things have gone down a little bit in the service dept and the quality of the food isn't the same as it should be. I believe they just need to work together and they will succeed like the other people who ran it... More 

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Avanti's is always delicious!!!! Went yesterday with my daughter and granddaughter for lunch. My granddaughter had the eggplant rolitini - it comes with prosciutto - my granddaughter is a vegetarian - they were more than happy to prepare without the prosciutto. My daughter had chicken picatta and I had chicken caesar wrap. All the meals were well prepared, fresh and... More 

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Meriden, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We have eaten here too many times to count! Always delicious and great service. Love avanti! It serves my husband's favorite chicken parmigiana. Pasta dishes, chicken dishes , pizza ! EVERYTHING has a delicious unique flavor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

My husband found this place on yelp and they had amazing reviews so we figured we'd try it. We were not disappointed. We had the fried mozzarella appetizer which was tasty. My husband had chicken parm which was good. It was almost pounded too thin but tasted great. I had the ravioli and it was yummy. Portions were huge for... More 

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Meriden, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

My significant other and 4 friends decided to make reservations at Avanti for our New Years Eve dinner, before we headed out to a house party. We had been there a few times before but never for this occasion and I am so happy we did! When we got there our table was ready! The place was packed and everyone... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Since we didn't have reservations and it was Sat night close to Christmas, we went nice and early. We were there before 5. We were seated right away. A waiter came over immediately and poured us all water and took our drink orders. Warm bread with dipping sauce was promptly delivered. Was happy to see some gluten free items on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 34 River Rd, Meriden, CT 06451-5026
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Meriden
  • Phone Number: 203-440-9990

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

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