Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria

4.7
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$30 and under
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Italian
Out of passion, tradition, hard work and integrity, Bavaro’s opened its doors in March 2009 as the first traditional Neapolitan Pizzeria in the state of Florida.

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.
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E
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

G
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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......

AP
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

MS
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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.

SO
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 .

JB
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of our favorite Italian restaurants in Tampa. Food is always delicious.

L
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed the pizza. It was delicious

OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always!

SB
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Reba

TG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service anytime we go to Bavaro's. Quite and intimate we would recommend reservations on the weekend!

s
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite date night spot for us. The food is always amazing and the service is awesome.

T
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bavaros for pre-Straz shows, it’s very convenient and also delicious! Loved the tiramisu and margharita pizzas!

J
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was very noisy!

PM
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

L
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza in Tampa

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SZ
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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.

MT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria
Responded on November 22, 2019

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.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

MR
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JP
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bavaro's never disappoints. Our go to place for an intimate and always delicious meal.

B
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great pizza in a small, cozy environment. A step above the other restaurants nearby. The Mediteranian salad was very nice also.

CM
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

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.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria
Responded on October 21, 2019

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.

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l
Tampa
55 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

T
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thank you so much for the review!

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OT
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was slow to start and they were understaffed. Food was good. Place is cute. Limited menu.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria
Responded on October 21, 2019

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.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great.

MS
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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.

ET
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Love this place. Service was mediocre which is not their typical standard. Maybe just an ‘off night’ for our server.

d
Tampa
45 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, quaint restuarant and delicious pasta!

A
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We love the food there, everything was perfect with our order. But my wine glass was dirty and nobody offered to refill the water. Staff doesn’t care too much about the clients

CT
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for a quick meal before our show at the Straz... what a wonderful surprise! Everything was great! Food was superior! Our waitress was very conscious of our desire to make the show and did great! I had the mushroom ravioli and my wife and a crab pasta, both were excellent and very reasonable for the high quality. We will be back!

OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and a lovely wait staff!! The pasta and pizza were both amazing and I highly recommend!

p
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything I've had here is great. Real home-made pasta and sauces, and authentic Italian brick oven wood-fired pizzas. Great value for the money and generous pours!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thanks for the review!

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CB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic pizza and food that was fresh and served hot right out of the oven. Waiter was attentive and friendly. We will be back!

I
Baltimore
57 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

While our waiter was good, the host lacked the customer service needed to win repeat business from us.

When we arrived, we asked to be seated at a table a little further from the door, however the host said that he had reservations coming in for those tables. The table had a large gash in the center. NO RESERVATIONS showed up or were seated at the table we asked for. It’s unfortunate we were treated in an unfair way, lacking customer service.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria
Responded on September 5, 2019

Hi there, thank you for your honest review. On behalf of our whole team here at Bavaro's we would like to personally apologize to you and your other guests for this incident. We aim to always have exceptional service. Perhaps some reservations cancelled or something else occurred. Nonetheless, great customer service is our goal upon each visit. We hope that you have a change of heart and decide to join us again for a better impression. Have a great day!

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KM
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious, truly authentic Italian pasta, pizza and salads. Small but well-designed interior; beautiful pizza oven and cozy bar. Best Italian food in Tampa—will return for sure. (Mango cheese on Floridian Salad was exceptional. )

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you for the review Kathy!

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