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What do you get if you take one part fresh, local ingredients, add one part delicious family recipes, and mix with one part warm and friendly hospitality?
You get the perfect dining experience of course! If you are asking where you can find this perfect mixture the answer is easy: Avicolli’s! Avicolli’s has been a Central New York favorite for over 30 years.  They are located at 7839 Oswego Rd in Liverpool and they are open for lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm, Friday from 11 am to 10 pm, Saturday from noon to 10 pm and for dinner on Sunday from noon to 9 pm.

In a market saturated with chains and fly by night trends Avicolli’s has truly stood the test of time by doing what they love: making scrumptious food and putting heart and soul into every bite! Avicolli’s is truly a family restaurant, ran by family (and staff they consider family), using family recipes, and they treat the customers like family. Even on a busy night customers are never made to feel in a rush; meals are brought out at the customers pace so that they can enjoy their meal, their company, and their experience.  We’ve all had that experience on a Saturday night where you’ve taken two bites of salad and then your entrée appears so you either forfeit the salad, or eat a less than hot meal. This will not be your experience at Avicolli’s; they understand that the dining experience itself is as important as the meal they are serving! There is no need to settle and no need to compromise when Avicolli’s is right around the corner! With their newly remodeled dinning room which is warm and welcoming, that compliments the outstanding dinner experience.

Avicolli’s has a wonderful menu with something everyone can enjoy. Whether you are looking for pizza, pasta, or chicken parm you absolutely will not be disappointed with anything you select! Avicolli’s regulars swear that the eggplant is the best in town.  Choose from the Melanzane                         Parmigiana (battered and fried eggplant baked in a plum tomato sauce, topped with mozzarella) or Melanzane Riepieno (battered and fried eggplant rolled with ricotta and mozzarella cheese, baked in a plum tomato sauce). Kyle and I arrived at Avicolli’s on a bustling Saturday night.  We were immediately greeted by the friendly hostess and seated in a comfortable booth.  Our friendly and knowledgeable server helped us decide between some of the delicious menu options! We began our meal with an order of the Calamari Fritti, a gigantic portion of tender pieces of calamari are dredged in Avicolli’s very own mixture of seasoned flour that is then fried to perfection and served with house made tomato sauce and lemon wedges.  We also decided to try the Arancine, also known as rice balls, a delicious combination of risotto, ham, salami, mozzarella cheese, and Romano cheese formed into a ball, which is then breaded fried, and served on a bed of homemade tomato sauce.  Both appetizers were scrumptious! We were then served our fresh and crisp salads with homemade (and super tasty) garlic knots and dipping oil. For an entrée I decided on a pasta dish.  An awesome feature at Avicolli’s is that you can create your own pasta dish where you select your pasta, your sauce, and any extras!  I decided on gnocchi, with garlic and oil and broccoli and shrimp! They also have a gluten free option for pasta lovers with gluten allergies! Kyle decided on the Gorgonzola Filet, a filet cooked to perfection topped with Gorgonzola Fonduta Sauce,  and garnished with port wine reduction, rosemary and served with a side of romano roasted potatoes. Our entrees were superb! For dessert we decided to split a slice of lemon ricotta cake, it was the last piece in the house and it was the sweetest way to end an excellent meal!

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 you enjoy your 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.