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About Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria

We base our entire menu around a stunning wood-fired brick oven, hand crafted by the Ferrara’s, a third generation Neapolitan family. From every seat you can see and hear the crackling of the logs, flames flickering with blazing heat encompassing every hand-crafted pizza. From gourmet pizza, to home-made pasta, to antipasti’s, and to classic home-made desserts you will truly love the authentic culinary experience.

Our pizza is thin and soft with a slight crisp to the crust; topped with ingredients imported from Italy or locally grown and organic. Our food is an art form which is prepared with passion.

514 N. Franklin St.
Twiggs St.
Tampa, FL 33602
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria

Hours of Operation:
Lunch : Monday-Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Dinner: Sunday- Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm

Cross Street:
Twiggs St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(813) 868-4440 ext. 201

Website:
http://www.bavarospizza.com/

Catering:
Our restaurant and catering team can host private events up to 75 people, and an unlimited amount of guests off location for catered events such as weddings, corporate functions, and other private parties. Bavaro's offers the finest authentic Italian cuisine prepared with quality ingredients to assure your guests enjoy a true culinary experience.

Parking Details:
Street parking is free from 6:00pm-8:00am. There is a parking lot on the corner of Twiggs and N Florida Ave which is one block east from our restaurant.

Public Transit:
Bus and Trolley available

Executive Chef:
Dan Bavaro

Private Party Facilities:
Our restaurant and catering team can host private events up to 75 people, and an unlimited amount of guests off location for catered events such as weddings, corporate functions, and other private parties. Bavaro's offers the finest authentic Italian cuisine prepared with quality ingredients to assure your guests enjoy a true culinary experience.

Private Party Contact:
Chrissy Homsher: (303) 564-0938

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
While your event is at Bavaro's, enjoy the atmosphere of 100 year old historic brick walls, imported Italian floors, and a hand-crafted mahogany bar with mosaic Italian tiles. Listen and relax with a compilation of Italian music and Frank Sinatra playing in the backdrop; all while you can see and hear the crackling logs on the cooking surface of the 3rd generation wood-fired brick oven.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Bar Seating (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
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Gluten Free Options (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
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Great for Brunch (2)
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Happy Hour (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Seeing that this place is always packed, I was surprised that the pizza was such a let down. Flavorless and flimsy :/

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Had a reservation on OpenTable for the restaurant and they called back and said they were already full for that time even though we received a confirmation email for the reservation. Came back during rearranged time and didn't get seated for another 10 minutes. Had to ask for drink order twice. Food was average nothing special.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Best Italian for the price in Tampa and the only one that comes anywhere close to NYC little Italy in Manhatten or Boston north end.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Terrible service. Had to ask for everything; no utensils or water refills. Pizza was soggy. Overall disappointing

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I heard about the restaurant from a friend and made a reservation for my wife, daughter and myself. We ordered 3 different pasta dishes and were pleasantly surprised at how good they were . We indulged in multiple conversations with some of the people, whom dined around us and can honestly say that we were in a very friendly atmosphere. We especially liked the conversations and menu education we got from the manager, Herman Jacobs. He obviously loves his job. We’ll definitely be back soon.

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Authentic, Bar Seating, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I made a reservation at this place as I have a teenager that is vegetarian, another that is a picky eater and 2 adults. Everyone found something to eat...and they LOVED it. I couldn't be more pleased. I loved my ravioli-cheese-with this restaurant's amazing sauce. My husband had the spinach pizza, and liked the fact that it wasn't heavy. Our waiter, Paublo was attentive and since it is a small restaurant, it was easy to make eye contact and he came over. After eating, we went to the Straz. The meal was just the right amount of food. I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We always love Bavaro's. Their pizza is so fresh and delicious and the salads are beautiful.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

We had a group of 7 and had a great time. I would recommend having a reservation when you go as seating is very limited. Everyone enjoyed their meal. We had 3 different pizzas the ravioli Emiliano and a couple of other pasta dishes. Everyone cleaned up. We finished off with the Nutella pizza. That was really tasty as well. Service could have been a little better in keeping up with drinks and things like that, but overall it was a great night out.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Casual
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Great food, VERY LOUD, and very cramped!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Pasta dishes were all wonderful. Pizza was ok, prefer my thin crust cooked a little more. It was just a little soggy, would be better if made a little crispy. The salad was also great. Service and staff were wonderful. Best vodka sauce around. Will definitely go back

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We have been to Bavaro's a few times now and the food has been good each time. Love going to Bavaro's.

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Casual, Quick Bite, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Pizza was not cooked properly,and the waitress did not care to fix the problem!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

This place was a pleasant surprise. Food was fantastic - Pizza, ravioli and garlic bread were all very well executed. The dishes came with a good sized portion and at reasonable prices. Everything paired well with a bottle of wine and it made for a great date night. The place is a little small and quaint, so I would definitely recommend a reservation beforehand. We will absolutely be returning.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

The pizza and wine list are exceptional, I truly love this restaurant--still worth the drive since I moved to Orlando!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Love Bavaro's. Pizza reminds me of my trip to Italy. Salads & Antipasti are fresh & tasty. Very authentic. Nice atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The food was delicious, as it always is. However, the table wasn’t ready on time, one person was given a steel foldout chair to sit on, and the service was slow and scattered. It was obvious that they weren’t prepared for us, although we had a reservation well in advance. A little disappointing, as the group that I brought with me had never been before and had come on my recommendation. However, this one incident won’t deter me from dining here again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Pizza, pasta, and service were great! We also enjoyed 1/2 off wine on a Wednesday night.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great place that has a really cool vibe. The sauces are amazing. Try the meatballs!

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We had a couple of pasta dishes and they were amazing. The server had great recommendations and the food and wine paring was delicious. Very reasonable and delicious! We would love to go back.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We really enjoy coming here

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The hostess initially put us at a table in the back by the service area. I asked to move and she was able to rearrange seating and accommodate. When making reservations I recommend specifying, not the bad table in the back. There is only one. Let someone who didn't make a reservation have it

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We chose Bavaros because it was convenient to the Straz and parking is such a premium. Our service was excellent. Food arrived quickly and was well presented and tasty. We chose the caprese salad and the meat/cheese platter to share as we were not very hungry. These two dishes were perfect and with the addition of the fresh baked bread enough for a light dinner. The pizza looked delicious and will be our choice next time we go.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Everything was delicious! The closet thing we have found to true Neapolitan pizza in Tampa!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Consistent greatness! Love that we are neighbors and that I can walk there.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Cozy, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Bavaro's is a family favorite! The authentic Italian food and oven-baked pizzas are a favorite from the kids to grandparents. The penne all Vodka is delicious and the bruschetta and salads are a delicious way to start any meal. We had to rush home for birthday cake, but the hazelnut gelato is something that we usually never miss. If you want a unique and tasty meal downtown, Bavaro's is the place to go.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Authentic, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Delicious pizza! I lived in Italy for 2 years and this is the most authentic I have found in the Tampa bay area.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Our server Pablo was fantastic!!!! He gave great recommendations and was so kind when I asked for tea and honey

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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 29, 2017

I was looking for a place to meet a friend after work for dinner. I found Bavaro's and was pleased I could reserve a table online, and booked one for 5 (the first available after they opened at 5 pm). We waited at an outside table until 4:55 to walk in, but someone shouted from atop a ladder to give her a minute, then she would come out to get us. She came out quickly, but it was off-putting. I asked her name before we left that evening and she said it was Carma.

Carma seated us at one of the many 2-top tables which were all in close proximity to each other. Bavaro's has a cozy setting with great ambiance. If you want to have a quiet or personal conversation, the noise level and very close tables will make either difficult. It didn't bother us at all.

Our server, Courtney, was delightful. She was attentive and friendly, and really made this experience a good one. We both ordered the house Chardonnay, but immediately looked at each other after first sips. I thought the wine tasted 'off' (and that it was just me), but my friend said hers tasted watered down. Courtney graciously took the glasses back and brought us different brands which were very good. Our food came out with perfect timing and both entrees were flavorful (ravioli with vodka sauce and tagliatelle with bolognese) .

Shortly after we finished eating (but still enjoying our wine and conversation), Carma came to our table, curtly asked if we were finished, and briskly took our plates without so much as a smile or 'how was everything?' or other attempt at courtesy. We're we taking too long to leave? Not long after that, she squeezed through opening between our table and the one next to us, her hips literally connecting with both tables at the same time. It was such odd behavior that it took a few seconds to register. We left shortly after that. I think a refresher in hospitality might make a difference.

Either way, I will give Bavaro's another try in hopes that maybe this was just an off-night.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We love going to Bavaro's before a show. The staff is amazing and the food was delicious as usual. We will be back.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Everything was excellent except the noise level made it hard to carry on a conversation at times.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Authentic, Disabled Access, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Everything was delicious, arrived quickly and our server was gracious, funny and great with our kids.

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

The pizza was okay but there were burnt edges which needed to be removed to eat it. I did not find it a good value it tasted okay the squash was not cooked well enough. Very noisy inside people were shouting over each other not enough sound deadening material. Salad was very skimpy and not much of a value at all. For $9 it should have been filled with veggies but mostly it was just covering the dish barely. I think they are trying to make more money right away rather than serve a decent meal that is worth the value of what I spend for it which was $45 and tip for a 12in pizza as shared salad and dessert. I have a better Italian restaurant to go to which would actually be less than this and give you at least what you're paying for and not skimping on ingredients. I will not eat here again unless they plan on making good on this and offering us a make-up meal then I will see.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Fantastic pizzas and pastas. The tomato soup is delicious. Had the Diavola pizza, which was delicious - perfect chewy Crust and just the right amount of heat. The gluten free pasta was also fantastic. For desert you cannot miss the Nutella pizza!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Always a good solid choice for authentic pizza- I am from Italy and have high expectations- Bavaro is up to the standard!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Their vodka sauce is divine. Salads fresh and crisp.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

What a great little pizza joint in downtowm Tampa.
Awesome brick oven pizza. Great service and extremely reasonable prices.

Tags: Casual
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Early date night .. very quaint location downtown Tampa . Loved talking about Italy with the Pizza chef .

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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 10, 2017

The pizza was great. Best sausage since we left NY. Not the shaved pieces you usually find in Florida.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

This was an amazing experience. Worth the drive!!! Food was amazing, service was phenomenal. Can't wait to come back!!!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Bavaro's is a nice downtown neighborhood restaurant. It serves up some great pizza and pasta at reasonable prices. The service is outstanding and the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. The food is tasty and original. Definitely worth the visit.

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