Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Tucked away amongst mainstream restaurants sits Avanti Cafe. You'll find many eateries on 17th street in Costa Mesa, but you won't find any quite like this. Avanti's repertoire appeals to many crowds and keeps them returning!
The Owners/Chefs Mark and Tanya opened Avanti in 2004. It's charm comes from the hospitality issued at entry, it's fine cuisine, and it's artsy atmosphere. Coming to Avanti feels like home away from home. Additionally, Avanti supports locally grown farmers who deliver produce that fuel their culinary creativity. The meals are fresh, handcrafted, mostly Vegetarian, and Organic when available. Mark and Tanya provide healthy dishes with an assortment of ethnic flair that marry well with the regional wine selection.
Offering both a calm daytime lunch or a hip nightspot, Avanti is the place to go. It's also a great place to bring a date for a candlelit dinner. They have themed evenings varying from Pizza and Beer night, Wine Tastings, and their ever popular Artist gallery shows with live musical performances.
A favorite dish of mine is their Shiitake Artichoke Pesto Pizzette topped with yams and sauteed greens. Their desserts are always seductive. I like to indulge in their tea cakes. It's a nice finish to a wonderful meal!
For more information on Avanti, visit their website at http://www.avantinatural.com