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Ristorante Avanti


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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2017 Winner

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Welcome to Ristorante avanti. Our produce, fish, meat, eggs and dairy come from local, sustainable and humane producers. We take great pride in our service and food. Please let us know how we may best serve you.
Soup of the Day or Summer Minestrone
Tomato Bruschetta
With Basil and extra virgin olive oil
Quiche of the Day
Served with a green salad
Greek Olive mix
Grilled chicken breast $+6.00
With blood orange, pickled onions, almonds and a citrus vinaigrette
Grilled chicken breast $+6.00
Bloomsdale Spinach
With pancetta croutons, egg and grana-parmigiano
Grilled chicken breast $+6.00
Romaine from route one farm with anchovy-garlic dressing
Grilled chicken breast $+6.00
Mixed Green
From‎ Blue Heron Farm with balsamic vinaigrette
Grilled chicken breast $+6.00
Beet and Avocado
With watercress and pickled onions
Grilled chicken breast $+6.00
Deluxe Grilled Chicken
With roasted red peppers, red onions, walnuts, croutons, and freshly grated Grana-Parmigiano
With‎ asparagus, Italian sausage, gypsy peppers and ricotta salata
Roasted Chicken and Fusilli
With pancetta, tomatoes and oregano
Wild Nettle Ravioli
With fresh ricotta, walnuts, cream and lemon zest
Potato Gnocchi
With beef and tomato sauce and grana-parmigiano
Pappardelle and Baked Marin Sun Farms Meatballs
Polenta Torta
Roasted tomato, mascarpone and basil pesto served with a green salad
Chicken Cacciatore
Braised leg and thigh with red wine, rosemary and sage
Confit Duck Leg
With roasted vegetables and polenta
Our Italian Sausage
With sauteed tomatoes and onions served with polenta
Mount Lassen Sustainably-Raised Trout
With‎ tapenade, haricots-verts and potato salad
Gratuity of 18% for parties of six or more Our corkage fee is 15.00. Two bottle limit per table. Not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
Fine dining for twenty five years as the farm to table restaurant for Santa Cruz county. We buy the produce, seafood and animals from the people who grew them, caught them or raised them. Local cuisine with a European bent. The finest wines from Europe with local wines in that tradition. We have a full bar and patio seating. We are on Highway One open for lunch and dinner. Reservations strongly encouraged.
$25 - $35
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Lunch
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For the first 11 years we've lived near Santa Cruz this was near the top of our list of favorite restaurants. That started to change after new management took over within the last year or so. Service and atmosphere are still good, but we've found...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank JimBrown
Reviewed December 11, 2018

So glad my mom had us take her here a couple of weeks ago. Great service, very charming atmosphere, LOVE the hanging lamps from the owners' travels. Linguine with clams was good, my husband loved the spaghetti bolognese. Wine was a little overpriced, but we...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed November 27, 2018

This is an informal neighborhood pizza & more place. Had dinner here, had one of the pasta dishes, it was quite good. The wine portion was small; I asked the waitress to check back soon as I'd need another glass. Mistake! At first it was...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank jimlynch22
Reviewed November 2, 2018

Calamari was excellent, salads were excellent. Main courses were fine.. the fusilli with chicken was very underseasoned. Desserts were excellent. Service was weird. They were attentive. Very attentive. Too attentive. We would barely put our fork down and they wanted to clear the table. And...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank bl1416
Reviewed October 23, 2018

Three friends and I decided to eat a gourmet meal at home, so we went to Ristorante Avanti and sat at the bar with a drink while we waited for our order to be made. The drinks were lovely and the service great, and once...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Judith A
Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

Stoped by chance on the way on e route 1. Great fresh food and service. Good selection of wine. Recommanded

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank NoamA
Reviewed September 6, 2017

Super good food. Service good except server kept asking one in our group if she wanted a drink or wine...she doesn't drink....so that was a bit annoying. Other than that, fresh and local food. Prepared with a bit of flare. Casual atmosphere.

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank 8212jackie
Reviewed September 6, 2017

Wonder local place with great and affordable Italian cuisine. We've eaten there with family and friends from work for lunch and dinner. It has never disappointed. Great for our work-related celebrations.

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank P2607KXmichaelt
Reviewed June 28, 2017

Was visiting Santa Cruz solo for one night and wanted to go to a restaurant that wasn't a chain or fast food joint. Ristoranti Avanti is a great neighborhood restaurant with a cozy Italian restaurant vibe. It didn't start off great; I wasn't greeted right...More

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank Dale L
Reviewed June 23, 2017 via mobile

I called 20 minutes prior to my arrival and the hostess explained they could not make a reservation for me but assured me they would take good care of me when I arrived. I was dining alone seated immediately at a perfect table when I...More

Date of visit: June 2017
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