PRESS BLOG

January 11, 2022

Tenured Chef Revamps Landmark Local Restaurant

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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