It all started in Italy
With a short stop in Birmingham, Alabama, where Patricia is from, he heard his friends had gone to Phoenix, Arizona. He and his wife made a trip to Phoenix to visit them and fell in love with the desert. They packed up and left Birmingham to start fresh in Arizona. Their son, Jordi, was born shortly after the move. Angiolo joined his friends to open Avanti of Phoenix, Avanti of Scottsdale, Avanti of La Jolla in California, Prego of Phoenix, and Avanti Tratoria at the Point.
After 45 years his partners have retired. All of the restaurants were sold except the original Avanti of Phoenix and Avanti Catering. The catering business has become very popular in the community, especially for large events such as Superbowl, Barrett/Jackson car auction, the Arabian Horse Show and the Phoenix Open. Angiolo is still there with his loyal staff of 35 years; the pasta chef, waiters, and office manager (his right arm). He spends many hours supervising the food, wine and service and loving every moment of it. He continues to study his craft; creating and perfecting new recipes. To this day he loves to hunt mushrooms and find ways to incorporate them into his dishes. He enjoys imparting his culinary expertise and teaching his new recipes to the chefs. Angiolo loves to entertain guests nightly and welcome them to the warm, inviting atmosphere of Avanti. He is a true Restaurateur of days gone by and still finds time to be the best husband, and father to son Jordi Livi, M.D., daughter Maria Ruttle, son-in-law Curt Ruttle, and grandson Demitri Ruttle. Leading by example, one of the best traits he’s taught his family is the importance of compassion, philanthropy (by helping such fine charitable organizations like: HomeBase, ChildHelp,Girls and Boys clubs, The phoenix theater just to name a few) and generosity; not just generosity with money, but generosity of spirit.