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“Great food and lovely atmosphere”
Review of Avanti

Avanti
Ranked #1 of 57 Restaurants in Wallingford
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Wallingford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
78 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Great food and lovely atmosphere”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

We visited Avanti for the first time last night for our wedding anniversary and hoped we wouldn't be disappointed. We weren't! Initially we were a bit apprehensive when we entered the restaurant to see a table of sixteen who had just ordered their meal but the manager was very entertaining and kept things moving along with the waitress flying up and down stairs with the meals. They could certainly show some waiting staff we have encountered a thing or two. During this time people were also coming in for take away pizzas and this was all handled efficiently. I had king scallops for starter and my husband had the sardines which were both delicious. I followed with gnocchi, a favourite of mine and my husband had the sirloin steak with mushroom sauce which included saute potatoes and vegetables. So often these have to be ordered separately so that was a bonus. We both found room for desserts and rounded off the evening with coffee and a complimentary limoncello from the manager to make up for any slowness in the service. We were there for quite a while but it was so enjoyable and the atmosphere so upbeat with Dean Martin crooning in the background that we didn't mind at all.
Avanti is definitely going to be a favourite of ours.

  • Visited January 2013
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
Portishead, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Great Lunch”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Took family on way back to dropping off son at University ... great atmosphere, Pizza was good, price average, like to try a pasta dish..next and we will be back.

  • Visited January 2013
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Wallingford, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Nice, even nearly good”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

Went here with family early evening in January. The manager is very talkative and entertaining, the ambience is great and it feels like an Italian restaurant ought to. The food is OK, nothing mind-blowing though but not bad value for money. Kids had pizzas which were good, and I had a steak which was 8/10 for taste and 5/10 for quantity. All in all enjoyable and I would probably return for the pizza and the atmosphere.

  • Visited January 2013
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“As wonderful as ever!”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

A real gem. Always a warm welcome and a great atmosphere. Food is delicious and if you are lucky, Luca will sing! New years resolution is to make it to Avanti more often!

Visited October 2012
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Avanti - go there!”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

Now that we have discovered Avanti we will go back time and again. Nothing was too much trouble for our requirements ( a family birthday gathering ). The atmosphere is brilliant - relaxed and friendly. The owner is entertaining and attentive from start to finish. The food is delicious - authentic Italian/Sicilian and obviously prepared from scratch. What a breath of fresh air compared to the faceless chain restaurants that pepper the high street in most towns these days. Very reasonably priced too for top quality food. We love it!!!

  • Visited November 2012
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