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Review of Avanti Ristorante Italiano - CLOSED

Avanti Ristorante Italiano
Price range: $15 - $45
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Camillo's Ristorante Italiano, owned and operated by chef Camillo Tortola (Camillo's Cafe), brings you the finest in traditional Italian food from Napoli using only the finest and freshest ingredients. We invite you to come in and enjoy a casual, lively atmosphere alongside Camillo's homemade cooking.
Reviewed May 15, 2012

Food here is really great and portions are enormous. Suggest you order a half portion if you don't want to eat and still take a full meal home. Service is about average for this type of restaurant. Only downside is that it is quite small and can get noisy. Not the place for a quiet dinner.

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Thank ADDKET
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Reviewed April 3, 2012

I cannot imagine a trip to the Princeton area without a visit to Avantu in Pennington! If Kansas City had a restaurant like this one, it would save us a great deal on travel :)

The atmosphere is small, intimate and relaxed. The food...be it pasta, veal, seafood, or chicken does not get any better. On our latest visit I had veal parmigiana and linguine with clam sauce (I couldn't decide so I ordered both. The dishes were impeccable.

Nothing is perfect...including Avanti. I strongly recommend the later seating or you may find yourself being briskly sent on your wy before you feel as though the meal has ended. This has happened to us more than once and it is not a good ending to a fine meal.

Enjoy!

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Thank pd2think
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Reviewed March 10, 2012

We had reservations well in advance, which was good because the place looked full. We were seated immediately and found the decor charming and engaging. We brought our own wine, had entrees and complimentary salads, but no dessert or coffee. Everyone seemed quite satisfied with their food. I had the roasted rosemary chicken and it was very tasty. After a 20% tip, each couple paid $78, which seemed reasonable. We felt satisfied after dinner without feeling stuffed. Enjoyed the evening a great deal. We will come back.

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1  Thank gammon1
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Reviewed January 28, 2012

After reading the widely disparate reviews for this dining spot, we were feeling adventurous and called for a reservation last night, which was a Friday night. We had no trouble getting an eight o'clock table for two, having called 20 minutes beforehand. We parked on the street before realizing there was a parking lot behind the building, which accesses the "front" door. When walking in from the street, you must traverse a somewhat uneven brick walkway, through a courtyard and go around the building to the entry door. I mention this only because an older person needing assistance, or a lady in high heels may find this walk difficult.
Once inside, we were warmly greeted by a hostess (who later joined a party at their table and gave up her hostess duties - so perhaps she wasn't the official hostess) and led to a table in the right-side, lower room. There is at least one other larger room up a few steps from the entry, which we could see through a glass wall from our seats at the table.
Our room was nicely decorated with little lights on the ceiling and was comfortable and slightly cozy. The other tables were empty (about 8 of them), apart from one lively party of ten ladies, a family of four and ourselves.
Bread and butter and olive oil was immediately brought. Menus and specials sheets arrived. Water order was taken. (BYOB wines). A lengthy, but still comfortable wait followed. Our server arrived to take our orders. He was knowledgeable and helpful. We ordered the house salads, accompanied by blue cheese. Yes, as some other reviewers mentioned, there is a $3.50 upcharge for the little cup of blue cheese alongside the salad dressing, but to be fair, it is noted on the menu. The blue cheese was excellent, creamy and not too strong, and well worth the charge, we thought.
The bread was crispy, warm and fresh. Real butter wrapped in foil was offered, as well as a little dish of spiced olive oil. Lovely.

For appetizer we ordered the lamb "pops", which are finely trimmed lamb rack individual pieces. The sauce is to die for. The lamb melt-in-your-mouth. There are four on the plate; perfect to share. So far, so good. We use the whole basket of bread enjoying the sauce from the lamb pops.
For entree I ordered from the standard menu the lobster linguini ($37). The serving size was quite large, offering five lobster tails the size of gigantic shrimps and a dinner plate full of linguini and sauce. However, the lobster was mostly tasteless, with a strange after-taste, which lingered in the sauce. The linguini was cooked nicely, but such a sea of it made it difficult to maneuver on the plate and cut the lobster meat.
DH had the yucca battered cod over greens. His comment was that there is a reason we don't usually eat yucca. He found the taste unpleasant, the cod overcooked, and the battering unevenly applied, so that great gobs of batter were in some bites containing no fish. The greens were very overcooked and weeping water pools onto the plate.
We enjoyed two cups of decaf coffee which were very good and skipped dessert.
It should be mentioned that the waitstaff was quite attentive and did come to ask how we were enjoying the food. Our waiter seemed to listen when DH told him the truth about his meal. (I didn't complain, not wanting to make us look like a couple of malcontents, and remembering the other reviewer's experience of having been chased into the parking lot!) However, the wait between courses was extraordinarily long. We were in no hurry, but I could see that the waiting complaints by other reviewers are justified. It didn't seem to be the servers' problem. Food arrived hot and looking freshly made. I surmise that the little kitchen full of cooks can only turn out so many meals at a time and one must just be prepared to wait when dining here.
Our meal for two came in at $95, plus $20 tip, for a grand total of $115. Not cheap and not great. I doubt we will go back, with so many other choices in the area for nice Italian style fare.

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Reviewed January 24, 2012

Food was absolutely fabulous! If you ever get a chance to eat here, do it! You'll need a reservation though, so plan ahead!! Can't wait to go back!

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Thank camjl
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