Lilly Hatmleh H.
It has been 14 years since I last had Avanti's! (I know, ridiculous!) I used to eat there for "senior lunch" every Wednesday during high school. I introduced my teenage son to the wonder of Avanti's while we were nearby for college tours. We enjoyed the fried mushrooms, gar mozz, regular and pepperoni pizza bread, a pizza, and several desserts. I cannot tell you how delightful it was to enjoy all my favorites again! I dream of this bread! The mushrooms taste JUST THE SAME and I absolutely love it. Thank you for being so amazing all these years later!
I just wanted to tell you that I loved the new ordering process. So, quick and easy to reorder items I’ve ordered in the past. I was in and out in nothing flat. Just wonderful!
Sent via Email
Always the best!
Avanti's is a #1 choice for quick lunch or a great dinner.
I am not a chicken fan, but yours is delicious and perfectly cooked every time, whether crispy, or cold or hot oven-baked, such a great option for a lean protein source. I have always loved your fettucini alfredo, garden salad and dressings, but just tried the caesar salad and absolutely loved it, too (of course your bread chips are amazing!). I guess these aren't comments that help you improve, but I'm quite happy with the food and service, keep up the good work!
I wanted to send you a heart felt thank you for the wonderful food and service that you provided. The food was outstanding! We appreciate all that you did and all the others did as well. Yesterday was absolutely perfect! We celebrated my parents and we truly appreciate all of your help with creating such a beautiful day! We will highly recommend you to others. God bless you Martha!
Sent via Email
Love the food and keep going back. Never gets old.
Great food, especially meatballs, & friendly staff
Super friendly, speedy and delicious. Thanks guys!
We always have a great meal. It's been years since we've eaten inside at either of their locations but we often get carry-out or delivery. We have a good experience about 90% of the time. Sometimes things are missing or not as we order but if we call they always make it right! The gondolas are definitely one of the best sandwiches in town and are great to stock up and use for lunches during the week for the kids!
We've been going to Avanti's for years and they never let us down! Fantastic bread, great pasta, wonderful sandwiches, tasty pizza, and the BEST ranch dressing for their salads.
Great easy sandwich! Love coming to get a gondola when returning to Central, IL
We ordered a pizza for dinner and it was fantastic. Just the right amount of sauce. Just the right amount of toppings. Cooked to perfection. One of the best pizzas I’ve had in quite awhile. They cut in squares which I’m not really a fan of but it worked. Would recommend for sure.
Gondolas are the best!
It's all about the bread
Amazing food! Just wish the dining room would have been open!
Love Avantis. We moved away from area 5 years ago but we get your food at least once every time we are in town for a visit. Sometimes more than once. Service is always quick and friendly too!! You never disappoint!!!
Great place great food
Love their Gondolas!
Great gondola's love the bread.
Bloomington Normal standard must have experience. Wonderful Italian food.
I am a B/N native. I grew up with Avanti's. My friends and I were each weekend to Avanti's in Normal. My family enjoys Avanti's at our gatherings. When I was dating and married my husband, I introduced him. He also is a fan and encourages anyone we hear driving through B/N to stop at Avanti's. My husband and I were missionaries to the dear people of Moldova from 2010 - 2020. We missed the gondolas, lasagna, pizza bread and loaves of bread so much. My family would always greet us with Avant's as we arrived on the plane from Moldova! Don and I now lives in Cassville, WI. We were home this past Friday, March 5 to visit our mom who lives at Evergreen. They are finally able to have visitors!!!! On our way home, we stopped to pick up our favorites. There is another couple who use to be pastors in Normal and now live in Cassville. We brought them two loaves of bread. When they saw the bread, we didn't have to say a word. They responded, "Oh, Avanti's!!" Thank you for continuing your traditions of comfort food for all of us natives and those we introduce it too. I can't imagine how many sporting events, family celebrations, etc. have been enjoying Avanti's as part of being together.
Don and Beth Minikel
I have been getting carry out almost daily for several years during my lunch hour. Today I am retiring from my job in Normal so I won't be coming in as often. I just wanted to say that the staff at the carry out counter has always been kind, courteous and friendly. They know me by name, actually by sight, and they know my favorites. You have a great staff.
Whenever I visit Bloomington, I have to get a Gondola! The bread is awesome.
Quick service for our big group. Great food.
Love me some Avanti's!!
Love the gondolas!
Great food, fast delivery, and big portions. Would order again! :)
Love the Gondolas
Having grown up in B-N, we been eating at or carrying out at Avantis since the first store in Normal. Food is always fresh and delicious. We love you !!
Cathy Fogler Allen
Fast and excellent Service
Best pizza bread in the world!
It's been years since I've had a Gondola, they ARE STILL AMAZING!! Very satisfied every time I stop!!
What an amazing crew they have at Avanti's. I made an online order to be picked up. It was to be ready in under 15 mins. That was great, I was only 1.3 miles down the road waiting for my sister in law to finish with her appointment. About 10 mins after placing my order, my car broke down. I called Avanti's back and told them I would be late, and told them the situation. The guy said, "No worries. Let us know when you are on your way and we will make a fresh order for you!" The woman behind the register was phenomenal. It has been over 10 years since I last ate here, and let me tell you. I was not disappointed in the food! Great job to the staff at Avanti's you know customer service and it ROCKS! I will be back and will be sharing the greatness of your restaurant!
Have to stop in and grab a Gondola or two whenever I am in town. Since I moved away I have begun missing them more and more.
Curb side pick up and online ordering very easy.
Big fan of the Gondola and a must have whenever I am in the area.
A preferred spot for tasty Italian food. I was so stuffed. It has a good feel to it.
Super reasonably priced lunch for this group. They do a great job of making everything be individually served / wrapped.
I loved grabbing a gondola from Avanti's when I went to ISU, but I didn't truly appreciate just how good that bread is until visiting years after graduation. I also forgot how huge those sandwiches are. So good! When I visit friends downstate, a stop at Avanti's is a requirement. Friends are counting on me to bring jugs of that special house dressing and loaves of that blissfully sweet bread.
Their sauce is never too acidic and that makes me so happy. Texture of the meatballs is also perfect for my palate. Comfort food at its finest.
Today is our daughter’s 17th birthday & we asked her what she wanted to eat for dinner & of course she said Avanti’s - so I played a huge food order & EVERYTHING was great & amazing – was done on time like they said it would be. We will continue to order from you all on all occasions.
Thanks for amazing food.
A restaurant I make sure to go to every single time I am in town there. Can't get enough of it.
Best restaurant in the area and has been for a very long time.
We always make sure to visit when were passing through Bloomington Normal. The bread was amazing (like always) and the chicken parmesan was delicious.
Still my favorite
Top notch food and service
Italian comfort food. Consistent food product and consistent service. They have a room you can use at the bloomington location for larger gatherings.
Always great food and great employees.
Bread is great! So is the portion of tortellini!
Michael W. Hull
Food was great & delivery was fast.
Been going since I can remember always has been amazing. And the bread is to die for
Great food, great service! Highly recommend!
The Gondola is the best sandwich EVER!!!
First time I've ate there it was good food very hot.
Thank you for sharing this! Congratulations on 49 years of business! Thank you for all you do for our community! We are thankful that you have two locations -- Bloomington and Normal! We had Avanti's for dinner tonight. It was delicious. The pizza was delicious and cooked perfectly. The Customer Service was outstanding! I wanted to give a special shout-out to Xander who had fantastic Customer Service, who exhibited much kindness, thoroughness, and patience. I was impressed with your curbside process too. So organized. Well done! Keep up the great work!
Hope all is well. I've been picking up from Normal once a week. It is good to have Avanti's. Staff is excellent. Take care.
I was very pleased with the delivery service as it was at my house sooner than i expected. Food was hot and salad was cold. Delivery person was very courteous and polite. I will again be ordering from this Avanti's during these trying times and after this crisis passes. Thank You again for your service.
Food was delicious as always. Really appreciate the extra effort during the Covid-19 outbreak!
I just ran in to pick up an order. Everything was ready and still hot. Love the garden salad and their house dressing. Actually we like a lot of their food. We've been customers for years.
Great sandwich stop for lunch
Every time we are in Bloomington we eat at Avanti's and have every year 1976-2020! That says a lot. We also buy their Italian bread to take home for us and friends that love the bread.
Great food! Great price! Clean place!
I still eat Avanti's after 20 years. Awesome Chef salads (Avanti's ranch dressing is my favorite salad dressing of all time) and meatball sandwiches. My favorite item is the open faced pizza burger. The pepperoni pizza bread is really good as well. Don't expect high end Italian food, because this is basically fast food, but I have never had a meal that I didn't love.
Staff was friendly, food was delivered in timely manner
Great food! Recommended
Love the food
Good spaghetti special on Tuesday night
Service was great, Avanti Special Personal pizza was light and delicious
Very good not a long wait
I just ran in to pick up an order. Everything was ready and still hot. Love the garden salad and their house dressing. Actually we like a lot of their food. We've been customers for years.
Love the gondola!
Good service and great food.
Can't get any better Italian food in our area.
Friday, we went Avanti's on Main street in Normal. So glad we did! Soups of the day were garden vegetable and cream of brocolli. I chose cream of brocolli, it was delicious!! And I order a small spaghetti dinner. Again, delicious!!! There was so much, I brought home half of my spaghetti and bread. Sooooooo......👍
I am new to this town and this was my first dinner out. The food was very good and my waitress was very nice.
Super service awesome food cant wait to go back.
What more can be said? The go to place for pasta and breadsticks when visiting Redbird country!
Best ranch dressing in town. The bread is sweet and might be something you have to grow up eating, but for those of us like it, it tastes like home. Try the veggie gondola with turkey and the screaming salami.
Gotta do the gondola when you're here. It's not super extraordinary, but it's so simple and delicious. Also their grilled cheese is ridiculously good.
Love the bread here!
Stopped by on the way back home to St. Louis and picked up 4 Gondola Deluxe to go. Great sandwiches on possibly the best bread ever. Great casual Italian restaurant that we visit anytime we are near! Highly recommend.
Great Italian Beef sandwiches and love love their sweet bread. Very near to airport and to Holiday Inn.
My favorite place to eat in Central Illinois. I have been eating here since I was an I S U student over 40 years ago.
Always great service will a well priced product!
Easy to feed a crowd! Reasonably priced food, always delicious
Food is always good. Every time in area, always make Avant's a stop. My husband loves the gondola and the bread is delicious
Great food and service.
It's an amazing regional chain, try the gondolas at this place! Their vegetarian options are great
Has changed in 30 years great food!
Make it a point to stop in there ever time i am in town. I live out of state never had a bad time there . there food is spot on .
Always good food and service.
Really good pizza. They are known for sandwiches and pasta, but the pizza was excellent.
Love the gondolas and pizza bread. Looking forward to our next visit. Damon is the best!!!
We stop at Avanti's everytime through Bloomington. Our stop today was a 5 star like every other visit. The waiters and waitresses were very helpful, the meal was served in short time, and the food was exceptional like always.
Food was great and the server was poised, efficient, and extremely pleasant. Very good service. Worth every dime
I want to Thank You for your excellent service and kindness in providing the Luncheon for Judy Probus' Celebration of Life. The food was hot and delicious, the set up seamless and the clearing professional and swift.
Your professionalism is much appreciated.
Tremendous food at great prices. Been going for 30 years and never had a bad meal.
Always remind me of my wonderful years at ISU!
Great chicken parm with marinara.
Food excellent. Was quick when we ordered
Awesome gondola sandwich and meat lasagna
Exactly what I expect. Same since i was a kid.
Nice place with nice food! It was worth trying!
The very best!!!
Great as always.
Always my favorite place to go when in Bloomington. Never disappointed. Everything is delicious. Even writing this makes me want to go there.
Fresh fast consistent what more could you want.
The Gondola!! Yummy
Great food and service!
I went to ISU. Whenever I'm in the area I always stop in to pick up a Gondola! And I graduated in 1981! So, obviously, Avanti's is a still a favorite of mine.
Great food fast service friendly waiter not pricey
Great food and service. Love their dinner bread.
Great place!!! Love the gondolas!! Yummo!!
Bread and ranch are amazing!
Always good food and friendly service.
Love the gondola's here, also the lasagna was pretty good.
Best sandwiches anywhere! And huge!
Yummy and affordable
They have really good gondolas.
Great atmosphere and employees. Always friendly whether you dine in or carry out!
Always a family favorite. French onion soup, gondolas, pasta... Good food at a reasonable price.
Randy and Stacy Ash
Just as good as it was an 25 years ago when I went to ISU!!! Very good food!!!
Have tried a Gondola? Go, get some meat sauce for dipping, and enjoy! I have been making stops in Normal since I graduated just for Avanti's!
Good inexpensive Italian dishes $$
We make frequent trips from Texas to Illinois, and we always make it a point to stop here for a Gondola. Excellent food!
Is there really any better bread?
Excellent food and service
Love the chili!
Good food good price and service was great .
Love eating here. They always have the freshest bread and other ingredients
Avanti's is certainly unique, sure there are finer Italian diners, but they have a wide and diverse menu. Their Ranch dressing is great for salads, but also great for dipping for appetizers and their bread! Must try the primo pizza burger as well. Rest of the Italian dishes are great at well, and they run daily specials, including all you can eat.
Always great food at very reasonable prices.
Good people and good food. Reasonable prices.Great bread.
An absolute staple of the Blono experience! If you're in town for a college visit or are thinking about working for State farm, you need to check out Avantis. The food and service here are both marvelous, and the atmosphere is very family friendly and welcoming. I've been doing here my whole life, and I 100% recommend it!
Great service, clean and good was good.
A favorite for years. 2 locations, both are great. Again, try it.
It was good. Staff was very nice. Primo pizza burger was very good
Avanti's is a very reasonably priced, family dining restaurant with many menu options. If you want good food and good service in a casual setting, Avanti's is a best choice.
The Gondolas are amazing!
Fast, friendly and reasonably priced. Bread and Gondolas are excellent!
Good food and excellent service.
Great food, service, atmosphere and prices!
Sits in the heart of Illinois State University campus. Always good food at a low price and room for large groups. Food is served fast and hot, restrooms are clean. Large parking lot.
Amazing food as always!
Server was super nice and food was great!
The bread is amazing!
The food is excellent for a college town restraurant. Their bread is amazing. I went to school there many years ago, and I still stop at Avanti's and pick up a few loaves of bread to bring home to Chicago when I pass through the area. And I know I'm not the only one.
One of my very favorite places to carry out. They have the best hot ham and cheese sandwich, and it does not hurt it's really huge! 16" long subs and awesome pizza bread. Avanti's seems to have everything I love about Italian food.
Just wanted to say thank you for making yesterday’s event so easy – everything was perfect! This process was a breeze for us and we appreciate all the work you guys did on your end to make it great for us! Thank you again for all of your help!!
Gondolas are fantastic
Nice little spot, tasty pizza and solid service.
The gondola sandwich has been consistently awesome for decades. I always grab some when I visit central Illinois. If you get the chance, check them out.
My first time eating here and it was very good!
The perfect small town diner. Amazing bread for free, great soup and large portions for cheap prices. Had a great experience with wait staff as well.
Very good Italian for a fair price...bread is awesome..loved the pizza...great salads.
Service was very attentive, polite and efficient. The environment was very homely and comfortable. Food was delicious and the free bread is always a delight.
Hometown favorite. If you don't expect insane high quality cuisine, you will be impressed with how good their food is. Try their bread and meat sauce!
The Tuesday spaghetti deal is unbeatable.
Avanti's is the kind of place that only gets better with time. As trends come and go and Bloomington-Normal evolves, this restaurant is a welcome constant. The Gondola was a staple of my mom's diet during her time at ISU. Now, 4 decades later, my kids can't get enough of that bread.
Loave picking up a sub! I think they are delicious! The bread is awesome! Always fresh and so soft! Convenient when out and about!
Excellent Italian food very reasonably priced - and served by an exceptional waiter, Sean.
Great place for groups or family!!!
Great food and service, come hungry!
Delicious Italian food. Bread is the best ever.
Great food! Awesome waiter!
Had a large party for a birthday celebration and they were happy to accommodate
Food is authentic and delicious.
Classic hometown Italian food never lets me down.
One of the Bloomington / Normal classics for down to earth Italian pizza, pasta and sandwiches. Try the fried ravioli!
Haven't eaten there in almost 10 years, still the same great items and service. Went in around 1pm today. GLUTEN FREE best bread there is if you're GF.
This place is amazing. I got a gondola sandwich with the gluten free bread. I have celiac disease, and the gf bread at restaurants is usually really crumbly, dry and small. The gf bread at Avanti's is incredible. It looks and tastes so normal I was almost afraid to eat it! This is the first time I've had a really normal sandwich in years. I'm just in town visiting, but if I lived here this would be the only place I'd get my gf bread.
Just wanted to let you know that the event today was a success! Delivery was perfect, and the food was very good!
Thank you so much!
Catering on 6-11-19
Love the gondola sandwiches.
Great food with friendly service.
LOVE THIS PLACE! Their bread is to die for! Ranch dressing is amazing and pasta is really good - comforting. Every time I'm in Normal I have to stop!
Awesome food & Service!!
Very good, best bread ever, service was very good. Highly recommended.
Really great food and it's unbelievably quick. Run in run out.
I love Avanti's! Anytime I'm in Bloomington I have to stop there!
A classic. In my opinion, the best meat sauce on the planet. Generous servings.
We used half of their banquet room for a bridal shower. We only had to spend $100 and the room was free. We had access to the room 30 minutes before the shower. It was very easy to book. management was very helpful with menu selection. They provided us with staff to attend to our needs and the food was great. I would definitely host events there again you also have the option to have the full room which I'm assuming you would have to spend $200 which would not be that difficult if you were having a large amount of people I would definitely recommend them for an event. Did I mention the food was great!!!
Delicious food and wonderful service. I got the create your own pasta with Mostaccoli and alfredo...
Christyna De Lude
My half gondola and pizza bread were delicious!
Portions are ridiculously big. Great value for good food. We like to stop in here when we are in town.
Chicken Parm, fried ravioli and turkey and swiss gondola are our favs. They have great carry out service too.
Good food. Good price
Food was fantastic, service was good...
Always amazing. Stop reading. Just go there.
Good food at a good price. I have eaten here for years and never had a bad experience.
Good food excellent service.
Always good, fun staff, comfort and nostalgia in a sandwich!
Good place to eat.
Awesome, locally owned place. The bread is always fresh, the gondolas are great anda their ranch is the best.
Delicious food, wonderful place to eat. Great homemade bread.
My boys absolutely love the cheesy garlic bread!
Rodyna L Zabbit
Best pizza Restaurant in Normal
The take out was fast and convenient.
Gondola Deluxe is the best!
I am a big fan of their Italian beef sandwich with meat sauce, but today i had lasagna, which was the special.
I enjoyed it, so I would get it again.
Good Food and great service
Exceptional food at an affordable price!
Food was wonderful as always!
Best sandwich store as anywhere...
Delicious food for carry out that is fast and efficient too.
Always amazing food and fantastic service. My picky nephew loves it. And the bread is phenomenal that is brought with your drinks.
This restaurant is well known all over Illinois for their signature sandwich called the gondola. You haven't
lived until you've had one.
Excellent food at reasonable prices with outstanding service.
Quick, fast and good tasting food.
Always great food.
Very good food and ambience. We celebrated our marriage anniv there. Date with my beloved wife...
Really impressed with how quick they got the food up and how nice the whole staff was. Really enjoyed the atmosphere for being a carry out store. And the food, of course.
Great food and pie!
I brought my 2 daughters who live in bloomington now to dinner on super bowl sunday, when I was down to visit them. Your food is excellent and authentic. I also had my daughter's ISU graduation party at your Bloomington restaurant's banquet room last May. Excellent value!
Mark S. Bruckner
Good pasta, eat there a lot.
The online order process was easy and quick. My order was ready when I arrived to pick up my order. Pick up area was clean and the check out process was quick.
First time visiting this restaurant. Good food. Good service. Clean. Reasonable prices.
Loved the food
Brilliant and reminiscent of eating happiness since I attended Illinois State University as an undergrad! Go Redbirds!!!
Terrence June bug
Awesome food and great place.
We stopped at a steak restaurant that recently relocated and when we found out we would have to wait for 55 minutes, we just drove to the airport area and walked into Avanti's. Seated and served right away. Plus various tables were filled with groups of cheerleaders. They were finishing up as another large group were ushered into the banquet room. This place is very busy but everyone seemed to be as happy as we were. Great staff. Very good food, a good value for your money.
Thank you for another fantastic catering service! Everything was perfect.
Avanti's by the airport was fantastic at accommodating us for the third straight year.
-Holiday Classic Survey Entry
Our group truly enjoys having our annual meeting at Avanti's because the food and service are just... well, there is no comparison.
My family was there Sunday Dec 16th in the evening. Erica was our server and I wanted to let you know how amazing she was. She stayed on top of our group’s needs but at the same time stayed behind the scenes. Additionally she was able to keep all the orders together despite the group being spread out. I really appreciated the job she did. My daughter has been a waitress and she even mentioned how impressed she was that our server handled the room by herself.
I just wanted to thank you for helping with this order. Whoever prepped it did an AWESOME job and we so appreciated having each person's order labeled with a name to make passing out that much quicker.
Our teachers are so rushed at lunchtime that it was nice for them to have a chance to enjoy a few extra minutes with their lunch. The extra effort was certainly appreciated!
Wanted to let you know our reservation of the banquet room at the E. Empire location worked very well for our group of 17 friends enjoying our evening meal.
Kudos to our server, Morgan. She did a fabulous job.
I will recommend we use the room again in the future. We meet once a month.
I just wanted to let you know that the baby shower was wonderful. Our server was Morgan and she was terrific!
She kept everyone's drinks full, and made sure we had everything that we needed.
I will definitely recommend your banquet room to friends and family.
Thank you for your help.
We ordered our staff luncheon from your store for noon today. Everyone was pleased with their choices (Italian Beef and Chicken Tenders) and the Caesar salad w/chicken was well received; the dressing was delicious!!
Thank you for proving us with a wonderful meal, and always excellent service. Mike is great.