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Avanti Cafe

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111 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101-1835 (Corner of Lake and Union • 1 Block North of Colorado)
+1 626-577-4688
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 11:30 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Lake Elsinore, California
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64 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

We happened upon this place mostly because it seemed to be the only place open later in the evening except for a coffee shop. The atmosphere was lovely, the service was excellent. I ordered the De Mare, my husband ordered the Farfalle Bowtie Pasta, and our son ordered a pizza. The bread rolls that were served were a delicious surprise,... More 

Thank TheTraveling3
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

It is a small quiet restaurant. The service is ok. I ordered the mediterranea pizza which was delicious (with feta cheese) I will definetely recomend to try these pizzas

Thank Juan Carlos B
Pasadena, California
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64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2016

We consider Avanti Cafe our go-to place for excellent wood fired pizza and amazing salads. Their salad dressings are simply wonderful. Prices are reasonable and serving size is abundant.

Thank Judy K
Pasadena, California
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2015 via mobile

Very good pizza, probably the best I have tried in Pasadena. The service is average. Maybe because it was a Saturday the place was empty. Also, and maybe for the same reason, only the Pizza Menu was available. Its a shame, other things looked pretty good as well. The price is very affordable, and the best is that its a... More 

Thank Luchoap
Paadena, CA
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2015

Offers traditional wood fired Neopolitan pizza as well as larger oven pizzas. Wood fired tend to be like Italy - individual or small/medium. Great selection of combinations include wood fired with no tomato sauce, i.e., chicken and garlic, etc.

Thank Seth0925
Palm Springs, California
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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2015

With one exception, my many purchases have been "to go". Calling ahead, my pizza was always ready when I arrived on time. Nice thin crust, flavorful toppings, not inexpensive, and the only pizza palace I know of that uses the best mozzarella made in the U.S. (mfr: Grande) This review is for their Lake Ave. location. We have yet to... More 

Thank Bob_and_Elly
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258 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2015

There is a second cafe that is not listed but we ordered take out from this one by mistake; however, the food was no mistake. Reasonable prices and excellent service.

Thank Noel J
Platte City, Missouri
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60 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2014

When traveling to Pasadena I would eat at Avanti's Café 2-3 times during the week. It was located less than 5 minutes walking distance from where I was staying, but what kept bringing me back was the great pizza and pasta dishes and top notch service. The brick oven pizzas are some of the best I've ever had and I... More 

Thank GermanyTwinsFan
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289 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2014

We went to Avanti Cafe last night and were really impressed with the pizzas we had ordered! The crusts were thin, but not too thin. They have quite a large choice of pizza, pasta and salads. We managed to almost eat all the slices of 3 medium pizzas between the 5 of us. The prices are reasonable and so are... More 

Thank Qcruiser
Las Vegas, Nevada
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77 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2014

Good prices, fast service, great garlic rolls and a very good italian menu. I like all the pasta dishes I have had and look forward to going there next time I am in Pasadena

Thank StimsonBeach999

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$14
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 111 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101-1835
    (Corner of Lake and Union • 1 Block North of Colorado)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-577-4688

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?