Local Santa Cruz chef Jonathan Glass, who purchased landmark eatery Ristorante Avanti three years ago, has overhauled the restaurant by adding his own flavor – not only in terms of menu items but also with the décor and outdoor patio. Ristorante Avanti – located on Santa Cruz’s westside – has historically been a local favorite. But when the original owners sold in 2018 the future of the restaurant suddenly came into question, as a loyal customer base suddenly questioned how the popular spot could possibly improve  Chef Glass refocused the menu to highlight seasonal farm-to-table California cuisine to accompany an artisan-based craft cocktail menu. This new endeavor reignited his passion for local seafood and he was able to capitalize on Avanti’s outdoor space, a pandemic must-have.

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