Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria
A company committed to the art and craft of Neapolitan pizza, Bavaro’s stays true to tradition by using hand-crafted, wood-fired brick ovens designed by third-generation Neapolitan craftsmen, a 100-year-old yeast culture, 100-year-old Neapolitan recipes, and top-of-the-line ingredients sourced directly from Italy.
From a restaurant in downtown Tampa that seats 50 guests, to a global brand with a standard of quality that resonates around the world, Bavaro’s has since built 3 additional locations and continues to commit itself to the high-quality, welcoming experience that guests all around the country have grown to love.
As a pioneer in the traditional Neapolitan pizza culture, Bavaro’s has set the standard for authentic Italian food, and has paved, and continues to pave, the way for many others in the industry.
This is a fantastic place. The food and service were excellent. They seated us at the exact time of our reservations. The wood fired oven pizza was wonderful. The server was knowledgeable.
My fiancée and I love coming here. The food is always great and service is awesome.
Reserved table for 2 sisters pre-Billy Joel concert. From the hostess to Pablo our server - service was the best I’ve experienced in my 14 months in Tampa Bay Area! We shared Ricotta Meatballs, Mediterranean salad (very light fig vinaigrette!) and a Margherita pizza. All superb! Sauce used is fantastic- they sell it but we were not in a position to take one with us. Place was packed, understandably so! Will bring my husband next time!
Our third meal! Excellent food and great service… We are so pleased that we found Bavaro's and we will come back many times in the future. We especially want to thank our wait staff, led by Guillermo, who provided us with a great experience. We all had pasta dishes and salads... we had two apps which were so very good. Thanks for a great time again!
Great food with an authentic Italian taste and atmosphere. We really love the sauces and desserts.
Made res with Open Table, arrived a little early. Hostess acted confused, said have a seat at any empty table. Okay service until order arrived, one was wrong pizza (2 of us). Wait person insisted she put in right order, I asked, well it's not what we ordered. Dinner companion was very agreeable to keep wrong pizza, wait staff said well its 2 for that kind tonight. Wasn't told that when we ordered. Then got message next day saying I didn't show up for res. Pizza was pretty good, but not mind numbingly good. Overall, did not rock my world.
Dude! Turn on the lights! I'm 44 with perfect eyesight and I almost had to bust out my camera's flashlight to see the menu it was so dark. Always with these young hipster joints and the low lights. Why?!
BUT!!!! The food and the service were spot on. Keep up the great work but turn the lights up, my wife is hot and I'd like to see her face when I eat.
Love this place!
Absolutely fantastic from the quality of the food to the service! By far, one of the most authentic wood fired pizzas in the US. Great wine selection and house made pastas, too. I only wish I lived closer......
Thank you Gretchen!
Our new favorite spot in Tampa! My daughter wanted to eat there for lunch & dinner every day we were there. Wish there was one on our coast!
The place was quaint (a little cramped) and the food was good but rather pricey for what you got. My wife and I shared a pizza but we easily could have eaten one each since the slices were very thin with sparse toppings. The pasta with cream sauce didn't have much of a flavor. We were greeted with a friendly smile from the hostess and our waiter Dominic was friendly and knowledgeable.
Overall it was an okay meal but doubtful we would go back there.
We love Bavaro's. The staff is EXCELLENT! They are so welcoming and we look forward to seeing them each time we visit. This is our go to restaurant before going to the Straz .
One of our favorite Italian restaurants in Tampa. Food is always delicious.
Great service and food
Enjoyed the pizza. It was delicious
Delicious as always!
I think I was overcharged for my meal but my companions enjoyed the atmosphere. Knowing I made a reservation for 9 people several weeks in advance the staffing was light and the one waitress not prepared such as condiment shakers should have already been on what was a pre-set table.
My husband and I were very impressed with the quality of the food. We ordered the Ricotta Meatballs as an appetizer and they were the best meatballs I’ve ever eaten. We both loved our pizza and I was reminded of the pizza in Rome.
Esther was our server and I will definitely ask for her again!
Great food and service anytime we go to Bavaro's. Quite and intimate we would recommend reservations on the weekend!
Always a favorite date night spot for us. The food is always amazing and the service is awesome.
We love Bavaros for pre-Straz shows, it’s very convenient and also delicious! Loved the tiramisu and margharita pizzas!
It was very noisy!
Our first visit but it will not be our last! The service and the food were excellent. Its a small restaurant but has a lot of ambiance. Our server, Alex, was awesome. She made wonderful suggestions. Everything on the menu is made in-house. We live about 40 miles away, but its worth the drive. Parking was not an issue as there is a lot right around the corner, plus parking out front. If you enjoy REAL Italian, try it.
Best pizza in Tampa
Bavaro's food was delicious and the service was excellent. The acoustics were lacking which resulted in an excessively loud restaurant. I feel that $15 for a plate of pasta with red sauce is a bit high considering it did not include a salad or meat. Overall though, I would recommend this restaurant.
We were very surprised at all the good reviews. The pizza had a soggy crust and the edges were black - not sure how this could happen. My pasta was probably the worst I’ve had in a long time — order the spicy sauce and it was about 1 cup of extra al dente spaghetti and a sauce so bland it tastes like Chef Boyardee from a can. Really awful!
Hi there, we are so sorry that you did not have the best experience with us. We would love to make it up to you, please check your private messages.
Great wine recommendation. Excellent food! We were served dinner and out at just the right time for a show at the Straz (I gave a heads up on my reservation). Our server was observant but not overly. The only add I would suggest is a dipping oil for the bread.
Esther Suzanne was our server and she was great! We loved the garlic bread and meatballs. We had an interesting bottle of wine. Wish we were local. We would be there all the time
Bavaro's never disappoints. Our go to place for an intimate and always delicious meal.
Great pizza in a small, cozy environment. A step above the other restaurants nearby. The Mediteranian salad was very nice also.
Staff was great. But we were really disappointed with the pizza. It came to the table soggy and the crust almost seemed not completely cooked.
Hi there Cheryl, we are sorry to hear that you weren't completely satisfied with our signature Neapolitan Pizzas. We hope that you would try us again for some of the other flavorful entrees we have to offer.
We had a pleasant dinner on a quiet Wednesday night before going to the Straz. They were very helpful as I only wanted one meatball with my pasta and a small salad. No way to take home leftovers. The pizza we had was delicious.
Pizzas were amazing as usual. The place was crowded and service was a little bit on the slow side but overall we had a great time and really enjoyed the tiramisu for dessert as well.
Thank you so much for the review!
We have always wanted to try their pizza. The pizza is just like they make it in Italy. We found our new pizza place. Service was good. Place was crowded and we were happy to have made reservations.
Service was slow to start and they were understaffed. Food was good. Place is cute. Limited menu.
Thank you for giving us a fair rating given our staffing circumstances we were experiencing. We hope you come visit us again soon for another shot at satisfaction.
Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana is a great place to eat. Terrific pizza and ravioli. Good selection of wines and the appetizers are good. Nice Staff.
Love this place. Service was mediocre which is not their typical standard. Maybe just an ‘off night’ for our server.
Great service, quaint restuarant and delicious pasta!