Avanti's Italian Restaurant was
established in Normal, Illinois in June of 1971. Originally, the
restaurant was jointly owned and managed by two brothers, Guido and
Albert Zeller. In 1973, Guido bought out his brother and ran the
operation as the sole proprietor until he passed away in 2002.
Guido's brother Leo joined the operation in 1976 and was an integral
part of the business along the way. Today, Guido's two sons, Marcus
and Richard are involved in the ownership and management of the
business. In June of 2009, Marcus and Richard opened a second
Bloomington-Normal location at 3302 East Empire in Bloomington,
Illinois. Albert now owns five Avantiís Italian Restaurants in
Peoria/East Peoria/Pekin, Illinois.
Our restaurant cooks and serves home
style pasta, pizza, and sandwiches that are available through
dine-in, carry-out, delivery and our banquet room. Avantiís
trademark however, is wonderful, fresh Italian bread which is
prepared and baked in our restaurant kitchen. We have long been an
institution for Illinois State University students and faculty and
frequently see second generation guests and staff members.
Our staff and management are
experienced professionals who understand how to prepare and serve
steaming hot, delicious Italian meals and fresh bread in a clean and
comfortable atmosphere. Avantiís Italian Restaurant provides a very
rare combination of homelike surroundings and high quality food.
Our company has developed a
reputation for consistent, non-complicated dining through years of
constant attention to details of our operations which include never
stinting on the quality of raw food we select, nor trying to short
cut its preparation. Service has been, and will continue to be,
personal and friendly to every guest who enters the door.