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Start your new year off deliciously with a meal from Avicolli’s! Their food is out of this world scrumptious and the service is absolutely top notch. This family owned and operated business has been serving high quality homemade Italian family recipes to Central New Yorkers for decades. Avicolli’s truly has something for everyone; you can sit in their beautiful dining room and enjoy a delicious meal, have wine and dessert at the cozy bar, grab a mouthwatering pizza to eat in or take home at their award winning pizzeria, or you can purchase some of their delectable sauces in jars to take home and add to your favorite Italian dishes! They are conveniently located in Liverpool at 7839 Oswego Road and they are open ‍Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm, Friday from 11 am to 10 pm, Saturday from noon to 10 pm and Sunday from noon to 9 pm. Although reservations are not required they are encouraged and to make a reservation just call 315-622-9690. It should also be noted that their entire menu is available to go and you can easily place your order online from their website at myavicollis.com and can click on “order online now.” One of my favorite features of the online ordering is that once you’ve created an online ordering account you can click on “order my usual” and it really couldn’t be simpler! 

I have to admit that I am a huge fan of Avicollis and have been going there for as long as I can remember and one thing that always stands out is that every single time I go everything is consistently incredible. I know this is because every meal is made in house using tried and truly delicious recipes and only the best and freshest ingredients. You can’t go wrong with anything on their menu. Each time we go my husband and I make a point to get something we haven’t had before and an old favorite. We have never been anything less than thrilled with anything we’ve ordered. We have a few “go to” favorites that I just have to share with you. First, if you like eggplant you cannot go wrong with any eggplant dish. We really like the Melanzane Rolatine which is battered and fried eggplant rolled and stuffed with seasoned ricotta and cream cheese with house made tomato sauce topped with mozzarella cheese and finished in the oven until the cheesy is bubbly. I also love the Cavatelli with Broccoli and Mushrooms (fresh broccoli florets sautéed with sliced mushrooms in extra virgin olive oil, finished with fresh garlic, white wine and Romano cheese) and if you add shrimp and a little hot pepper this dish is next level amazing! If you are a seafood lover, I have to insist that you order the Broiled Scallops (broiled jumbo diver scallops in a lemon white wine sauce with sautéed baby spinach) as they are huge, tender, and always cooked to absolute perfection. Other mouthwatering recommendations I would make would be Lobster Ravioli with claw and knuckle stuffed lobster ravioli simmered in a garlic cream finished with spinach. If you can’t decide what you want I would also highly recommend the Baked Combo Italiano with one manicotti, two shells and three ravioli in house made tomato sauce with Romano and mozzarella cheeses but do yourself a favor and order a meatball or two to go with it!

Kyle and I packed up our little ones and ventured out to Avicolis on a chilly winter night. The cold couldn’t keep us away from what is always a crazy good dining experience. Although the temperatures outside were blustery we forgot all about that as soon as we stepped in to the warm and inviting restaurant. We noticed that it seemed really busy for such a snowy evening so we weren’t the only ones willing to deal with the conditions for a great meal. We were quickly seated in a cozy booth and greeted by our fantastic server, Anthony. I joked with Anthony that I remembered meeting him as a busboy so, so long ago. Even though he was very busy he made a point to treat us as if we were his only table and honestly he was one of the best servers I have ever had. We started our meal first by ordering a pizza for the kids to split and maybe for us to take a bite or two from as well. It should come as no surprise that the pizza is also fantastic! We began our meal with an order of the Utica Style Greens, greens sautéed with crispy pancetta, hot peppers, and their special blend of seasoned cracker crumbs. This dish was the perfect combination of flavors and paired perfectly with the garlic knots!We also just had to try the Hot Seafood Antipasto with fresh clams, scallops, mussels, and shrimp sautéed in extra virgin olive oil, garlic, wine, and finished with plum tomatoes and fresh herbs. This dish was positively delicious and I would tell any seafood lover to order it. Seriously, I was blown away with the flavor profile and I had to stop Kyle from slurping the sauce out of the bowl. I enjoyed a salad with Italian and crumbly blue while Kyle delighted in a cup of Italian wedding soup. For our entrees, we were apparently in a “parmigiana” mood that evening so I ordered the chicken parm and Kyle ordered the eggplant parm.

My pollo parmigiana, with freshly breaded chicken laced with Avocollis fresh house made tomato sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese is always one of my favorite dishes and is consistently great. Kyle’s Melanzane Parmigiana with layers of battered and fried eggplant with house made tomato sauce, topped with mozzarella cheese and finished in the oven was nothing short of awesome. Our meal was fantastic and although we had leftovers to take home we just couldn’t pass up dessert. Kyle ordered a slice of the blueberry crumble cheesecake (which is sort of like a blueberry muffin and a cheesecake combined into one marvelous dessert) and I had my usual, a piece of lemon blueberry mascarpone cake. These were a sweet way to end a perfect meal.

Avicolli’s is doing a fantastic job of preserving their traditional flavors and cuisine while still keeping up with the times. What does that mean exactly? It means that you can come in and enjoy a delicious meal (like you have for decades) with the same friendly staff and service that you’ve come to expect at Avicolli’s or you can go on to their newly updated website and place your dinner order online for pick up or delivery, or even order a jar of sauce and have it shipped to your loved one across the country! Check it out for yourselves at https://www.myavicollis.com/. As always, our meal was nothing short of delicious, the atmosphere was warm and comfortable and the staff was friendly, knowledgeable and willing to go above and beyond to ensure we enjoyed our meal. Whether you are a regular customer or have never been, you are always in for a real treat at Avicolli’s. Don’t forget that you can enjoy an award winning pizza at the restaurant or a full meal at home because the entire menu is available for take out!  Check out the website at www.myavicollis.com/ or call them at 315-622-5100 for take out or delivery and 315-622-9690 to make reservations!  

Kerilyn Micale
Kerilyn E. Micale is a Cicero native.