Avanti Cigars are the only maker of dry-cured cigars in America, utilizing 100% U.S.-grown tobaccos to make all-natural Toscano style cigars. That means no homogenized wrapper or filler (there is no binder) is used, delivering intense, full bodied smokes that vary from aromatic to flavored and infused.
Toscano cigars such as the Parodi Ammezzati, Avanti’s most popular cigar, are also known as cheroots – made famous by the Old West movies, with actors like Clint Eastwood smoking them on screen. But Avanti’s cigars date back much further than the spaghetti westerns…
Avanti cigars was formed in 1901 when Dominic Anthony and Frank Suraci landed in New York City. The brothers left Calabria, Italy with the idea that their small, hand-rolled Toscani cigars would be well-received in the growing local Italian-American communities. Within 30 years, the Suracis’ State Leaf Company bought out their leading competitors, the Parodis, and moved the production of their popular cigars to Scranton, Pa., after 1929’s stock market crash. Long Island’s DeNobili Cigar Company became the next Avanti Cigar acquisition after World War II, making the Suraci brothers responsible for 75% of the sales of Italian-style cigars. Even though their history dates back over 100 years, it wasn’t until 1970 when the Suraci family officially renamed the company as Avanti Cigar, based on the popularity of their premier anisette-flavored tip cigars by the same name. All of the Avanti brands here continue to be manufactured in Scranton by the fourth generation of the family.
Considered some of the best cigars made in America, all of Avanti’s smokes are made with only the finest hand picked Tennessee and Kentucky tobaccos, from at least three different crop years. The fire cured tobacco is smoked over hickory logs, then fermented for full body and flavor. What makes these Italian style cigars different is that there’s no binder – special rolling machines combine a “cut master blend” filler with the wrapper, which actually wraps around the whole of the filler tobacco twice. To finish the cigar, the ends are hand clipped and left to age for up to 6 weeks; it’s that drying and aging process that gives them their slightly curved shape, as well as what allows you to store Avanti’s offerings, including Parodis without a humidor.
Parodi cigars are the company’s most recognized brand; it’s the mini cigar, the Parodi Ammezzati, that is the most popular within the line, and the DeNobili and Petri cigars are similar in their construction. If it’s the popular Avanti Anisettes, Ramrod cigars with their bourbon infusion, or cherry vanilla Parodis you’re after – you can buy Avanti cigars online at Famous Smoke Shop discount prices today!