Exceptional service and food.
I was one of a group of nine men looking for an Italian restaurant on a Saturday night at 7:30. Since most places had waiting times of up to two hours, we thought we were out of luck. But we lucked on to Lauro's and had a meal we will never forget.
We were made to feel very welcomed, and seated immediately. The service was excellent. We received constant attention, and the food was paced perfectly.
All nine of us loved our food. I got the Itallia salad and the gnocchi. The guys sitting near me got the rack of lamb, veal meat loaf, and eggplant parmigiana.
The desserts were great, too, and they brought us all complimentary limoncello aperitifs. Very highly recommended!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is a fantastic Italian restaurant with an awesome "old school" ambience. The various dishes that my party tried were delectable. I will certainly return to the restaurant in the future.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Homespun traditional Italian eats!
Homemade pasta!! Everything was delicious!! Warm and friendly atmosphere!!!
Will, our waiter extraordinaire, was well versed on all the foods and specials.
A wonderfully delicious meal- followed by an AWESOME cappuccino and espresso. Yummy desserts!
We will be back!
Thank you to Lauro- the chef, Maria and especially Will- our outstanding waiter!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Deliciously Authentic Dining!
Lauro Ristorante Italiano handled our large group of 16 with grace, poise, style, and a dash of entertainment!
This 'ristorante' is first-class in every sense of the word. The food was delicioius, served perfectly and hot. The menu has a great variety, and if you can't find it, just ask. Absolute perfection with the service. The servers and the management made us feel exceptionally welcome as they would a guest in their home.
Whether it's just the two of you (for a romantic night out), or a large group (like our experience this week), we highly, highly recommend this fine dining establishment! You will not be disappointed!
4/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent restaurant. Authentic
Excellent restaurant. Authentic Italian eats. The grouper is fantastic. Bisque is best I've had. Lauro's has a real old world vibe to it. It's my favorite Italian restaurant in Tampa.
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great experience. Great food.
Our first time at this restaurant. Thought we would try it based on other Open Table reviews and we were not disappointed. Great food, good service, nice ambience. We will definitely go back!!!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was very good and seemed
Food was very good and seemed healthy without the heavy creams on the white sauces. Service was great. Kind of an old fashioned Italian place but food was good and prices were somewhat reasonable.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Been coming here for years
Been coming here for years and I highly recommend it. The food is always delicious and the service is fantastic.
5/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really liked this place perfect for date night,a break from the kitchen,or the perfect favorite to intertain friends.A classy place that still practices traditional service that most establishments lack.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service at Lauro's is impeccable. We went on a Saturday night and it was a nice change of pace. The waiter's recommendations were spot on and the food was delicious.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great South-Tampa Itialian Find
The swervice was outstanding, attentive but not disruptive
The food was also outstanding and surpassed expectations
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I returned after our 26 year anniversary of having our wedding rehearsal dinner here. We were surprised to find the new location. The restaurant did not disappoint though. The service was a bit over bearing, but they were really trying to please. The food was very good at a reasonable price. The decor and music was very appropriate for our occasion. We were very glad to have found Lauro's !
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
This might not be the fanciest Italian restaurant in town, but the food is consistently good and the atmosphere is conducive to conversation. Nice to have calm and consistent in this hectic world and current restaurant scene. If you take a friend or a date, you might actually be able to talk to each other. Saeed (sp?) the Maitre de is wonderful and I love the paintings. Our women's group gathers here once a month and catch up...
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great, service was extremely out-standing. Our service was friendly and knowledgeable, he's also funny. Had a wonderful evening.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our Go-To Place for Italian
Consistently great food - pastas and fish dishes are what keep us coming back. Never disappoints and wine list is fairly priced.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
My new favorite
Had not been to Lauro's since the late 90's and recently was reminded of the restaurant by someone who had recently dined there. We decided to make a reservation for 3 people and everything from the food to the service was top notch. The food is excellent and the service is just as good. We have been served by Joseph the waiter as well as being helped by the other wait staff and one is as great as the other. I am picky and Lauro's is my new favorite. We will all be back again and again!! Thanks for making our dining experience memorable and enjoyable. I have already told many friends and business acquaintances how good Lauro's is and they all know I am picky so they know it has to be as good as I say it is.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
First rate top to bottom!
Celebrated a birthday last week--very impressed by the experience! Food, service and atmosphere exceptional. Enjoyed the wine and the professional service from Said and Alex. Cannot wait to get to know this place better.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth a return visit
We were pleasantly surprised by Ristorante Lauro. While the prices are moderate the food is well prepared. The gnocchi are especially memorable. The service was attentive but not over the top. We are looking forward to our next visit.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Leaders in Exceptional Service
We were very pleased with the service we received at Lauro's for our large party of 15. Been to this restaurant numerous times over the years and it's comforting to see that the same staff is consistently excellent. True gentleman with solid knowledge of the menu and etiquette that's beyond impressive. You will find no better service in the city of Tampa. Count on it. Said is excellent! Make sure to attend on a night when he's working to experience service at its finest.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hidden Gem in South Tampa
The food at this local Tampa eatery was fantastic! I highly recommend the Penna Volka. The service was phenomenal. We capped the evening off with a delicious tiramisu. Highly recommended!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I found this restaurant when I was searching for a new place in Tampa. It was certainly worth the trip across the bridge. The food was excellent and the waiter we had (Will) was so helpful and pleasant. I had veal stuffed ravioli and my husband had the lamb shank which he enjoyed. We will certainly be back.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lauro's Ristorante-Tampa is an absolutely wonderful place to fulfill your italian food cravings. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. Alex, our server, was passionate about his job and his menu suggestions were perfect. Lauro's will now be a regular dinner stop. I can hardly wait for our next visit.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had n ever heard of this place and when my dad specifically requested Italian for his birthday I went online to find the perfect spot. We love trying new places (new to us!) And we were pleasantly surprised at the quality of service and the insanely delicious food. The outside doesn't look like much but take my word you wont find better northern Italian food anywhere in Tampa!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
At the suggestion of a friend we booked a table for a birthday celebration at Lauro on a week night. Everything about our experience was just lovely. The wait staff was considerate from the very beginning and even though they have very few menu options for vegetarians, the chef prepared a beautiful pasta primavera for me. My friends, all carnivores, had plenty of choices and were very pleased with their selections. The restaurant was not crowded but the place has plenty of space for large parties. We will definitely return for good Italian fare.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to Lauro Ristorante earlier this week with two other couples to celebrate anniversaries. We had a wonderful meal starting with Sangria and the stuffed artichoke appetizer. We had entrees from both the specials menu and the regular menu and they were all delicious. The crab and angel pasta and the eggplant Parmesan were my favorites. We even had room to split a couple of desserts. Service was great and the waiters were friendly and fun to talk with. This was our first visit to Lauro's but we will return soon - lots of other good things to try on the menu!
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Aced it again
Time after time the staff and food at Lauro's Restaurant excels. We were there this past Friday, again everything was perfect. our waiter Joseph, or should I say, the entire staff out did themselves making our visit perfect. Thanks for making our restaurant experience always worth the trip.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Decided to try this place on a whim and we were blown away by the attentive service as well as every dish we tried. We will definitely be back again and again!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved our evening at Lauro's, as we always do, but this evening was made special by the wonderful care that Said Satta, our Maitre d', provided.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Alex's service was stellar.
Alex's service was stellar. He was avaialble for all our needs and gave great recommendations. The food was very good and I would highly recommend to any who like traditional italian fare.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place.....Good prices. Consistently good food. Good for conversation
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We found a great Italian restaurant in Lauro Risotrante Italiano in Tampa that we would recommend to anyone. A lot of different price ranges and a great staff. We live about 60 miles north of this restaurant and just picked it out of many because it was close to an event a friend was attending, and we were very pleased.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Italian Food
A terrific Caesar salad - and they'll give you extra anchovies if you like - and outstanding pasta and lamb. Our go-to spot.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to Lauro Ristorante Italiano - Tampa to celebrate my husband;s 40th birthday with a group of 16 people. The service was spectacular and the food was divine. They sat us in the private dining room so could be alone and not worry about disturbing the other patrons. When we arrived, the waiter came out to the parking lot to show me the room they had set p for the event. It was perfect. The chef made a special appetizer which included 3 freshly made pastas with sauce that were the best I had ever had. The rest of the food was also very delicious. I really recommend this restaurant to anyone planning a party as they do allow large reservations through the opentable.com system. Thanks for making my husband's 40th so memorable!!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great restaurant...was in
Great restaurant...was in town with wife for long weekend and was recommended to me by a friend...best recommendation ever made. Everything was on point...and the prices were super. When the server says everything is good...they mean it. The servers were attentive to every need. It is even good if you are in town on business and you can sit at the bar or a table for one.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a surprise!
Lauro's has been in this neighborhood forever and for some reason was never on my radar. I remember lunch years ago but for some reason I never dropped in for dinner despite friends saying it was good. My loss!
What a treat throughout! The menu and food were executed perfectly - classic Northern Italian, done properly. The service was so attentive and friendly you would have thought it was their first night open. Great staff and the owner spent the entire evening in the dining room visiting tables. We could not have been more pleased.
The only disappointment (and it wasn't really) is the dated typical Italian restaurant decor.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM