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Dining at Della Terra

Once I heard that The Avant was open for business, I couldn’t wait to get over to check out the in-house restaurant. The restaurant is called Della Terra, and from the looks of it I bet that this is going to become the ideal place for the business lunch crowd. First of all, the layout is completely different from any other eatery in the city. The views out onto Delaware are sweet because the buildings in the district have so much character. Then there’s the elevated patio (coming soon) where diners can sit and take in the vista. Either way, indoors or out, the view is delightful.

The interior of the Della Terra is not too shabby either. I’ve seen the restaurant during lunch hours and later in the evening during dinner time. At noon the natural light streams in from three directions, while the towering ceiling offers a dramatic interior landscape. As evening approaches the soft lighting transforms the space into an elegant setting, perfect for those looking for a cosmopolitan atmosphere.


So you would think that the Northern Italian cuisine food prices would match the surroundings? Fortunately that is not the case. Della Terra’s prices are very reasonable. For lunch I had the penne alla panna con prosiutto e esparagi (penne pasta with fontina cheese, parma ham and fresh asparagus sauce). I asked our waiter, Henry, to leave off the parma ham. The price came to ten bucks. My dad ordered the Panino Italiano (proscuttio ham, sopressata, grilled apple, arugula and fontina chees served croissant). His dish was nine bucks. For the quality of the food, the presentation, the portions served, the service and the surroundings, I think those are very fair prices. I took a look at the dinner menu and the prices ranged from $13 for the linguine to $30 for the farm-raised rack of lamb.


There is an extensive wine list and General Manager John Gurren tells me that one entire wall will soon be dedicated to the bottles. He also clued me in that most customers will appreciate the $5 valet parking service offered at any given time. In addition to Della Terra, there is a café and sweets stand called Avant Beanery, a breakfast room, and a bar and lounge area (with a separate bar menu).

It’s always fun to check out new places to eat… especially when it’s in a location that is so new and different. I was hoping that the eatery would be on the top floor… alas we still need a restaurant in this city with 360 degree elevated views. That aside, the Della Terra really works well on the first floor.

My dad is still raving about the sandwich that he had for lunch. Since then I’ve stopped back to enjoy a Labatt Blue at the bar. While I was there I asked John Gurren about the occupancy. He told me that on that particular night the Embassy Suites was 80% full. I found that stat to be quite impressive. Two of the cocktail waitresses concurred that the business was picking up more and more each day. No doubt – if I was looking for a place to stay in the city, this would certainly be my pick as far as amentities go.

*Robert J Rizzo Jr – C.E.C Executive Chef | Klaus Schaupensteiner – Director of Food and Beverage

Avant at 200 Delaware Ave

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Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  1. The restaurant looks great and the food sounds good too.
    The exterior of the Avant building is a canvas for everything that surrounds it. The reflection of the sky and clouds captured in this photo are simply gorgeous.
    This building is magnificent. We should have one similar on the waterfront!

  2. Great food! I went there with my boyfriend for dinner because he just started working there..later we found out he is not allowed to eat there or drink at the bar..but anyways great food especially the fried calamari ap and the dinner pork chop, quite tasty! make sure you get the flight of martinis so you can sample a bunch too

  3. I agree. I will definitely be enjoying the continental breakfast at the Pitts Motel 6 before I would eat a dive like this “Della Terra” place. “Della Terra” is Italian for “Jimmy Pitts makes one hell of a grilled cheese sandwich” I’m half Italian, trust me, I know.

  4. I’ve had Italin food in Italy and plenty of so called “authentic” Italian food… the difference is this place is probibly the closest thing your gonna get to real authentic Italian food on the east coast. the place up the street called tempo better watch out for Della Terra.

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  6. I was at Della Terra with a group of 4 others to celebrate my wife’s birthday and it was overall a very BAD experience.
    The service was inattentive and unpolished to the point where I wondered if they might be new (they weren’t); it took over an hour to get our dinners out (it wasn’t they busy and apologized only AFTER we complained)- the food’s highest rating from the table was good or average; another 20 minutes for the desserts to be brought out and almost 15 minutes for valet parking.
    I was embarrassed to have hosted my friends there and would highly recommend staying away until they truly have their service and food preparation act together.
    At this point, the dining experience is no better than a Holiday Inn, maybe a little worse.

  7. We had the pleasure of dining at Della Terra last night and came away very satisfied and were treated to a great night of fine dining.
    We were a party of 6 being served by our knowledgeable and friendly server Marisol. She promptly handled our questions regarding their extensive wine selection and wine specials, from which we chose an excellent Gary Farrell Pinot Noir. So good we ordered a second bottle!
    We started with appetizers of Calamari and Caprese both of which were freshly prepared and delicious. Our entrees were nothing short of superb. I had the braised Sea Scallops which were outstanding and while I enjoyed that, I found myself drooling over my brother-in-law’s Stuffed Pork Chop which almost too good to be eaten! All of us were equally satisfied with the food quality and presentation.
    As I said, our server was prompt and polite, even offering to exchange my meal when she heard me commenting about the “saltiness” of the anchovies (I’d never had anchovies and I’m sure they were perfect, but they were a bit much so I simply plucked them off the top and enjoyed the glorious scallops below.) Full marks to the wait staff and the manager, who paid us a visit to ensure everything was to our satisfaction.
    We shared desserts of Tiramisu and Carrot Cake which, like everything else, were simply delicious.
    Valet parking was free, albeit a bit on the slow side, but it was a nice night so the wait was not uncomfortable.
    We will definitely be back. The architecturally beautiful Avant building has graced itself with a top-notch restaurant worthy of any palate that appreciates fine dining done right.

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