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Avanti's Italian Restaurant

407 S Main St, Normal, Bloomington-Normal, IL 61761-2947
+1 309-452-4436
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good29%
  • Average17%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“spaghetti” (20 reviews)
“bread” (98 reviews)
“sandwiches” (25 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Italian, Pizza
$$ - $$$
407 S Main St, Normal, Bloomington-Normal, IL 61761-2947
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our waitress was attentive and pleasant. Although the place was packed with groups from the Special Olympics, our food came out quickly. Avanti's has good food. The menu is big enough for everyone in your party to find something. My daughter is picky and I'm...More

Thank L T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

after reading such good reviews we tried this place.server was great. bread was outstanding. hubby ordered lasagne and I ordered pasta with meat sauce. there was no flavor at all to the sauce! this not what real Italian meatsauce tastes like. if you are accustomed...More

Thank RitaNegaunee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I think my favorite item is their meat sauce. I love it on their spaghetti and on pizza bread (no pizza sauce, just meat sauce & meat sauce on the side!).

Thank Jacks590
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is a favorite college day place of my hubby, Circa 1988. Went out of my way with an online order. From the same website I placed the order, I received directions. Took me the the WRONG shop! I didn't know here was more than...More

Thank katemrn
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Good, cheap Italian food. Always consistent. The bread is PHENOMENAL! Try the hot and cold sandwiches as well as the pasta and pizza Started in the early 1970s as a place for college students to grab a bite, but quickly became a staple for families....More

Thank Chris M
Reviewed 24 April 2017

YES, at one time, this was the ultimate Restaurant. I would only dream of my next visit. But now, average is good enough. The owners need to bring the food up to standards, the bread is out of question the BEST, but the rest i...More

Thank spanky6165
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

I've been here since childhood and I've never gotten tired of the place. It's delicious and the waiters were very quick to get everything we need. Food is always hot and they renovated recently that really made it look great. My only word of wisdom...More

Thank hinatameow
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Everyone I know that went to ISU swears by this place, but I just don't get it. Bread is very good, but everything after that was sub-par. Onion soup bad, ordered a "cheese dip" appetizer and it came as a bag of sliced and toasted...More

Thank DisneyDad21
Reviewed 14 March 2017

So sorry, all you past ISU fans that just have to go eat at Avanti's. Please, there are so many better restaurants to visit. That's all I have to say. Go there for the memories, not the food.

Thank laurel k
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Still as great as I remember from college! The gondolas are addictive! I'm not sure if it's the great memories or the good bread or both, but I love this place & try to come back for a sandwich whenever we are in town.

Thank Jacqueline v
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is the bread gluten free?
8 May 2016|
Answer Show all 4 answers
Response from Martha K | Reviewed this property |
No it is not. It is a sweet bread and very good.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 407 S Main St, Normal, Bloomington-Normal, IL 61761-2947
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Bloomington-Normal  >  Normal
  • Phone Number: +1 309-452-4436
  • E-mail
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