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Avanti Café

111 N. Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
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Photo: Amy Scattergood


  • Tue.-Thu., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • $$
  • Wheelchair Accessible, Catering, Family Style, Kid Friendly, Takeout
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
Long before all the new pizza places opened along Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena residents have been going to Avanti for wood-fired pizzas. Open since 1987, the cozy little pizzeria has been making terrific pies, loaded with old and new-style ingredients, as well as magnificent calzones and pastas. Sure, it takes longer than the pizzas do at 800 Degrees, but get a glass of wine and talk to the staff and the locals that frequent the place. It's a neighborhood place, after all.


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