We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“don't understand” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Avanti Cafe

No photo provided
Got a photo?
Add it.
Avanti Cafe
111 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101-1835
626-577-4688
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Reserve with OpenTable
Avanti Cafe is not available for your requested time. Choose another time, or search restaurants with availability.
The time you selected has already passed.
Ranked #120 of 520 Restaurants in Pasadena
Price range: $14 - $14
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Corner of Lake and Union • 1 Block North of Colorado
Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“don't understand”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Why this place gets the 'best pizza' of Pasadena award, I'll never know. the pizza and food in general was tasteless.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

31 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    8
    17
    3
    2
    1
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Altadena, CA
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
“Not NY pizza, but solid”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Avanti
111 N Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 577-4688
http://www.avanticafe.com

This is a pizza place that also serves other dishes-my hubby is a NY pizza fan. He grew up in the Queens area so I can appreciate the simple joys of a chewy, tangy classic slice of cheese pizza, perfect crust. This was good. Not omg great, but solid.

We ordered: Garlic knots-amazing
Caesar Salad –good balance of flavors.

Seafood wood fired pizza with shrimp, scallops, golden peppers was on a thin crust and good.
Pasta with broccoli, olive oil, pine nuts and garlic-al dente pasta (thank you) and the broccoli perfectly blanched. Simple and I enjoyed it
Décor-metal tables, kind of a cross between diner and coffee shop. Located on a corner. Parking on street. Ambience-not so much.
Waitress efficient and friendly. Somehow we got to talking about Thai food and she suggested Daisy Mint…which we tried and loved. (another review).

Solid 3.5 stars which I round up.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Pasadena, California
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Best Pizza in Pasadena”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

It is the closest to original Italian Pizza I ever had in the States. I had friends who would drive from Riverside just to have a Pizza here!
My favorite: glazed apple!
So good!

  • Visited October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Columbus, Ohio
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Great Pizza!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

We ate here for lunch on the recommendation of the concierge at the Westin. My wife is from New Jersey and is very particular about her pizza. The pizza here was outstanding!! It definitely deserves its best in Pasadena designation..... Only people who might disagree are aficionados of Chicago-style pizza.

Visited December 2011
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Pasadena, California
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
“Living on past glory...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

Avanti was great once...a long, long, long time ago. Elmer Dills rated Avanti...in the 1990's! Take the damn sign down. The truth is, it was 1990-something since Avanti was great. Better Italian in Old Town at Mi Piace or Louise's.

Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to Avanti Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Avanti Cafe, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.