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Avicolli’s Restaurant

It seems like everything has changed these days and you may be searching for anything that reminds you of what life used to be. I am happy to report that one thing that you can still count on is that Avicolli’s is still making delicious food and proudly serving hungry Central New Yorkers! Whether you are looking for amazing pizza and wings or an Italian feast, Avicolli’s has got you covered! Avicolli’s Restaurant is conveniently located at 7839 Oswego Rd. in Liverpool and due to COVID-19 they are open for car side take out or delivery only. The current hours are Monday through Thursday from 4 pm until 9 pm, on Friday and Saturday from 11 am until 10 pm, and on Sunday from 11 am until 9 pm. Place your order online through their website at www.myavicollis.com, or by phone at 315-622-5100.

Avicolli’s has been a shining example of amazing Italian cuisine for decades. One of the things that makes a meal at Avicolli’s so amazing is that in 1972 when the Avicolli Family migrated to the United States from Isernia, Italy, they brought with them old family recipes that they continue to prepare for hungry customers to this day! They have truly mastered the balance of using the traditional recipes while bringing in a modern twist on these classic flavors. When it comes to entrée selections you absolutely cannot go wrong with any of the mouthwatering options. Avicolli’s regulars swear that the eggplant is the best in town. Choose from the Melanzane Parmigiana (with layers of battered and fried eggplant baked in a house made tomato sauce, topped with mozzarella and finished perfectly in the oven) or Melanzane Rolatine (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). If you are a seafood lover you’ve got to try the Lobster Ravioli (tender ravioli stuffed with claw and knuckle, simmered in a garlic cream finished with spinach) or the Gamberetti E Aspargi (loaded with extra large shrimp and asparagus sautéed with olive oil, garlic and Italian seasonings tossed with farfalle pasta.) They have an amazing selection of chicken and veal dishes including parmigiana, franciase, marasala and scallopini. For something super cheesy and melty choose the Baked Combo Italiano (two shells, one manicotti and three ravioli in house made tomato sauce with romano and mozzarella cheeses) from the pasta al forno section. No matter what you choose, rest assured that there is no bad choice on the entire menu!

I don’t know about you but it is starting to feel like “Ground Hog’s Day.” Wake up, work online from home, walk the dog, make dinner, go to bed; rinse and repeat! On a sunny Saturday my husband and I decided to do something to break the cycle, and what better way to do that than “dining out” (while dining in!) at one of our favorite restaurants in town. So, we called up Avicolli’s and made an unusual request; I said “we love everything on your menu so make a few selections and tell me when to pick it up!” Let me just say this was a fun and absolutely scrumptious surprise meal! We told them what type of vehicle we’d be in and upon our arrival we were greeted by the super friendly staff and sent on our way home! Once we got home, we unpacked our brown bag of deliciousness and split everything! The first was an appetizer, Bruschetta, a scrumptious helping of charred ciabatta crostini topped with marinated grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil finished with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic glaze. This dish was light and flavorful and made me think of summer! We also had an appetizer that is the ultimate CNY appetizer, Utica Style Greens; beautiful greens sautéed with pancetta, hot peppers, and their special blend of seasoned cracker crumbs; always a favorite and a perfect complement to eat with Avicolli’s awesome garlic knots! We moved on to the fresh and crisp garden salad with Italian balsamic and a generous portion of crumbly blue! For entrees we split a new favorite, Cracked Pepper Steak Pasta, with a generous portion of tender cracked pepper beef sirloin, onions, mushrooms and red peppers in a red wine tomato sauce and topped with blue cheese crumbles, all served over rigatoni. I had never even thought to order this before but I most certainly will order it again! Our last dish was another fantastic CNY classic, Chicken Riggies Alla Vodka, with plump pieces of chicken breast perfectly sautéed with red onions and hot cherry peppers with vodka sauce, tossed with mezza rigatoni and finished with asiago cheese. Even though sports have been cancelled I can affirmatively say that this meal was an absolute home run!

Don’t forget that Avicolli’s also has some of the best pizza in town. Their NY Style Pizza comes in 10” Personal, 14” Medium, 16” Large, 16” Deep Dish, 32 Slice Sheet Pizza and Sicilian Thick Crust. Be sure to try one of their specialty pizzas like the Utica Greens Pizza (a square pan style topped with mozzarella & their own special blend of sauce, grated cheese, herbs, and extra virgin olive oil) and Chicken Broccoli (tender pieces of chicken, broccoli, fresh tomatoes, Romano, mozzarella, & extra virgin olive oil on a garlic base). Even if you aren’t in the mood for takeout these days you can still purchase Avicolli’s gift cards to use once this is all over! Be sure check out Avicolli’s Facebook and Instagram pages to keep up to date with specials and news! And treat yourself to a great meal at Avicolli’s today!

Kerilyn Micale
Kerilyn E. Micale is a Cicero native.