Local Favorite - Ristorante Avanti

Ristorante Avanti is one of our regular spots.  Located on Mission Street on the Westside, it features modern American dining inspired by Italian cuisine.  The atmosphere is warm and inviting, featuring comfy booths dimly lit with colorful glass light fixtures and an open bar in the center of the restaurant.  The menu offers healthier versions of Italian cuisine with locally sourced seasonal ingredients.  One of my favorites is the dinosaur kale salad with ricotta salata, citrus fruit, crushed almonds, and bread crumbs.  For a main dish, I love the ricotta gnocchi - right now they are serving it with summer squash, eggplant, peppers, marinara and parmesan.  Yum!  My husband loves the lamb meatballs served with polenta.  They always have a vegetarian option, though it is hard to eat here if you are gluten free and vegan.