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Lauro Ristorante Italiano - Tampa

Lauro Ristorante Italiano - Tampa Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lauroristorante.com
  • Phone: (813) 281-2100
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

    Dinner:
    Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Lauro Medaglia
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between S. Grady Ave. and S. Church Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Lauro Ristorante Italiano - Tampa
Chef Lauro Medaglia started his first restaurant in Tampa in 1981, and has established a faithful clientele. He began his career in Italy at a young age. Lauro spent several years in London working at the finest restaurants and hotels training under some of the best chefs to enrich his experiences. He has won national and international recognition and praise for his outstanding cuisine. Lauro's commitment to extraodinary dining can be felt throughout the restaurant and it is fitting that the establishment bears his name. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Lauro Ristorante Italiano is a gem of italian food in Tampa. I lived most of my life in Chicago know for good italian, and Lauro Ristorante stand up very well against those restaurants. I will frequent this place many times in the upcoming years."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This is the second time we have dined here and it was great both times. The service is great. Joe and Alex were so nice and really knew the menu. We had a group of 5, our 11 year old said it was the best spaghetti she had ever had. The fish was amazing and the ones that the Classic Italian loved it. You can't miss."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We have been to Lauro's many times. The service is fantastic. You can't go wrong ordering the Chicken Parmesan. They have great chef specials and the homemade noodles and sauce are always spot on. I really liked the homemade Cream of Portabella Soup - it was the best I've ever had. We've never had a bad meal here. It's a real gem and one we keep returning to with family and friends."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My friend and I enjoyed lunch and conversation in a pleasant atmosphere with great food and attentive service."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I asked an friend of Italian descent what his favorite Italian restaurant was in Tampa and without hesitation he said, "Lauro." Although I never heard of it, I booked it for my wife and me for our date night. Although the atmosphere was dated, the restaurant at least made an effort to be classy, but the service took class to an all new level. Then the food came: lobster bisque is not to be missed and the arugula salad was remarkable. My wife got the angel hair pasta and crab dish that could have fed twice as many people and when my friend text me with a "Well?" message, I wrote back, "The best veal I have ever had in my life." We will, however, have to go back just for dessert because that's the only way that's happening! Awesome."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food, servers were very nice and attentive. We ordered a great grouper that I will do again."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Recommend anything on the diverse menu but the specials were phenomenal. The veal stuffed ravioli was delicious. The chef will modify any dish according to taste. Relaxing experience with no rushing to turn tables over. The only improvement would be the service. We found we were continually waiting for our wine to be opened and poured. Seafood pasta had little seafood and had to point it out in order for additional seafood to be served after food was served. Great venue for special occasions. Will return."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was average and to be expected as priced. The waiter was WAY too friendly. Told stories and articles he read in the newspaper, family experiences, etc. Really was unappreciated."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "i love lauro's pasta dishes!! the cassarecche pontevechio is a favorite!!! and the soups are divine! there are only maybe one or two items on the whole menu we wouldn't try again, but with so many delicious choices it doesn't make a difference! the service is also wonderful and they always make us feel so welcome. this is a true neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great food, great service. A hidden gem that I'm glad we found!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Disappointed with service...never got all our food.....then had to take it home...will never go back"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I remembered Lauro's very fondly from a previous experience. However, this time the food was good, not extraordinary. Service was still excellent....very individualized and caring. Prices are reasonable."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "It wasn't too busy the day we went. Our waiter, Said, was knowledgeable and super courteous. One person in our party was visiting from Italy and he spoke with him in fluent italian! Our food was superb! You don't get more authentic than Lauro's... Our italian friend, a restaurant owner himself from Venice was very impressed with the excellent food and the service. He was dancing in his seat when he tried the Tiramisu, his favorite dessert. We had the honor of meeting Lauro himself but we could only steal him for a few minutes as he was, as he always is, working in the kitchen! What a treat to have discovered this wonderful restaurant. My only regret is not having discovered it earlier! Lauro's restaurant: where have you been all my life? "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "If you are looking for a nice place to take your wife or friends, Lauro is the place. Service and did is outstanding and all servers are very pleasant. They add to the experience. Whether you are local or an out of Towner, find Lauro. It is not far from the airport or Amy of the Commerce centers."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The service was good at first, then the waiter and his "help" decided that my wife and I, were not good enough to keep their attention once the family of 6 arrived near us, then we felt like second class citizens. The "main" waiter had help, but I guess they didn't know how to refill out water or ask if we wanted more wine, so we were left out to sit and watch this other tabled get served so well, and us just waiting, as a result we didn't want dessert after such service so asked for bill. Food was good and well priced, but service needs work. Will not be returning."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I took a chance based on Open Table reviews. It was just great. We had a 6:15 pm reservation. it was not crowded but by 7 it was full. Joseph was our waiter and was fantastic. My wife and 13 yr old daughter cant wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Old school Italian food. Authentic. New Yorkers will love the treat"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Wonderful northern Italian food lovingly and consistently well prepared. Service is top drawer! Sayid (spelling?) is the most friendly head waiter and a talented old school bartender. Our favorite restaurant"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The pasta was very fresh. I could tell that it was homemade. The clams were very good. My date loved her grouper. Joseph was an excellent waiter. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Thank you so much."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "THIS WAS A MARVELOUS EXPERIENCE.....EVERY AREA WAS IN THE WOW AREA...THE TELAPIA CLEOPATRA WAS DELICIOUS AS WAS THE SPECIAL PASTA...THIS IS THE WAY REAL ITALIAN FOOD SHOULD BE....EVERY TIME WE GO HERE IT IS A REAL TREAT AND WE LEAVE SAYING WOW!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My husband and I wanted authentic Italian food and heard Lauro was good. We went on a week night so the restaurant wasn't busy. We selected the arugula salad which was good and I had the clams in white sauce and my husband had the eggplant parm. Both entree's were very good. We split the dessert. They have a full bar and a nice selection of wines."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "So good....our server Alex was awesome. They way he explained the dishes was so much fun. We tried a pasta dish , a chicken dish and a seafood dish and we were all extremely happy with our choices."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Love Lauro's. Alex, our waiter, is such an exceptional waiter. Friendly, courteous, professional. We always get our table for two in the back of the restaurant. We even had a lovely chat with the Proprietress who hails from the Amalfi Coast and talked about our upcoming trip to her beautiful country. Love their food -- and them."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Every time that I am in Tampa I try to pay a visit to my favorite Italian restaurant. The food is spectacular, the servers delightful , and the ambiance is perfect for any special occasion. The specials change nightly and they are always happy to accomodate any request. Be sure to try their lamb and veal dishes as well as the gnochhi that is made fresh in house. This place is real Old World Italian!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "As an Italian NYer from Brooklyn I am very critical of Italian restaurants. This Place was recommended by a friend. Appetizer, salad,entree,desert,drinks and expresso coffee were excellent. We had Joe as our server and he provided us the best service I received from a server in a long time. He was informative and entertaining. Will definately return ."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Lauro's reputation for quality, authentic Neopolitan cuisine did not disappoint! The calamari was crisp and so tasty. Great wines and great service! It was truly good food overall and a great experience. A+ and highly recommended!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Wasn't able to find really good fine Italian dining in a setting that's comfortable and friendly until now. Service is First Class. Joseph, Alex, and Billy offer professional service you only find in VERY pricey places, plus they make one feel very special. I was surprised with a birthday party here last year and husband and I had no doubt about spending our anniversary there, recently. The food is made by the owner, fresh ingredients, special touches, not your average franchise fare, and it's DELICIOUS! I highly recommend Lauro's to anyone seeking a special dining experience! (P.S. If it's on the Special, don't miss the roasted artichoke and the lamb shank entrée with gnocchi!)"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "This was my first time at Lauro. The food was amazing and I was incredibly impressed with the service. I was waited upon by Alex and Billy and they were both attentive and personable. The service made the experience!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We have been coming to Lauro's now for a number of years, but this was the first dinner, and it was a wonderful experience. Not only was the dinner terrific, but the personal attention given to us outstanding. Lauro's welcome and treat you like their best friends."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Fantastic food The service was the worst. Slow slow slow and forgetful We were not the only ones with service issues Will be hard to return"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Lauro's is one of the many hidden gems of Tampa. We went for Valentine's day and even though the menu was scaled down due to the day the selections were all still delicious as usual."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My mistake for thinking this could be a good Valentine's Day find. My goal was to find an "under the radar" restaurant for the holiday that would not be completely slammed. I knew Lauro from many years ago and thought this would be ideal...traditional, intimate and hopefully delicious. Instead we were treated to a night of some of the worst service and sub-par food (like on a cruise ship) that I've experienced in years. Granted, the server was waiting on 9 tables at once...and apologized many times for the inattentiveness. Inexcusable that this place would be so grossly understaffed on what is probably their busiest day of the year. I can't believe that I had to spend $160 of my hard earned money for such a lousy experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Always great food. I have been dining here for over 30 years."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Among the worst service I have ever received. It took 25 minutes to get water after sitting, and our waiter just slammed the glasses down and said he would have to come back. It only got worse from there. Among other things, we asked for a water refill three times over a period of over an hour. Our waiter kept saying he forgot, but then kept forgetting again. Plus 3 food mistakes. 2.5 hours after arriving, finally got the bill. He charged my card, but forgot to give back the receipt with detail. We asked, but didn't receive. 15 minutes later, we asked for a manager. We were told he was in the kitchen and unavailable. Never got a receipt, so no business reimbursement. Ridiculous. And we never received our water."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Tooky family from Ny and Nj there for dinner and they raved the food is authentic Italian with all the specialties our waiter Joseph was amazing attentive and offered great suggestions We had a large group and felt right at home definitely going back"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Wonderful northern italian food. Excellent excellent service. Made my husband's fav dish that was not on menu. Extra clean restrooms. Seafood was cooked perfectly. Relaxing evening. Will be back!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "You may not be royal, but the staff at Lauro's will treat you like you are. The service was impeccable. The food is delicious and the pastas and bread are made in-house daily. This was our second time there and we enjoyed both visits. You won't be disappointed. We highly recommend Lauro's."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Alex was our server, great guy and have us the best service. The food was outstanding and wine was delicious. Was only there for a special occasion but will def be going back regularly...thank you guys! A+"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "My wife and I visited Lauro's recently. It's been over 25 years since my last visit and I must say, Lauro's has aged quite well. The food was as terrific as I remembered it. Our server, Will, was outstanding. He was appropriately attentive and knowledgeable about every dish on the menu. Lauro's is now back on our restaurant rotation."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "My wife and I both had the Dover Sole which was perfect. Our main server Alex was great, and his associate Brian did the final prep of the fish table-side very professionally. Nice wine list, nice ambiance, great service,. and great food. We'll return."
    Dined on 1/24/2014