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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (23)
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Good for a Date (15)
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Neighborhood Gem (12)
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Fun (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Business Meals (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Special Occasion (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Romantic (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
People Watching (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Sports (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
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Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 2 days ago

Our meal exceeded expectations. Wonderful service, intimate yet casual atmosphere that felt like family. Cheese ravioli in vodka sauce rivaled pasta we had in Italy. Cannoli melted in our mouth. We will be back!

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

Reservation was at 5:00, opening time. From 5:30 until we finished, our server was very nice but was extremely slow and very inattentive. He brought the wrong drinks and an order of pasta bolognese was sent back because the pasta was hard and semi-cooked. First time it was brought back just heated up, still semi-raw. New order came after everyone else at table had already finished their meals.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic! Been going for every Valentine’s Day for 6 years! The pizza was the shape of a heart. Super cute and the food is always great! Nutella dessert is oh so good!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

Always a good experience at Bavaro's. Food is excellent, service is very good. The table arrangement is a bit crowded (it was a holiday, so likely placed an extra table or two) and can be a bit loud but it's worth it. There is also outdoor seating for when the weather is pleasant. The restaurant is near the waterfront for a great walk after (or before) dinner.

Tags: Fun, Healthy, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Light bite before the Bocelli concert

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 11, 2018

First time I tried to go there I quickly learned one needs reservations. So instead we ended up in a great Spanish (Spain Restaurant and Toma Bar) restaurant on the other side of the building. Came back to see a show at the Straz and this time we made a reservation. We were promptly seated. Waitress was efficient but scarce. Also found it odd that they didn't offer butter or olive oil for the bread basket. My wife's pasta was clearly made in house and was delicious. Her salad was very fresh but lightly dressed. My pizza was delicious. They make a very different dough. It is thin but not crisp. They mention it is made to be eaten with knife and fork, which you will do. I thought the prices were very reasonable for a nice place. This is a nice stop before seeing a show. Just remember to make a reservation. I'll definitely go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This is a favorite stop anytime I'm in Tampa--the wine is great and the pizza is the best, I can't recommend it enough. (Reservations recommended for weekends-it gets busy).

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Authentic, Casual, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food and service as always!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Server was horrible. Not attentive what so ever, pizza came out with Ash and pieces of wood from the wood fire. Was never addressed until we pointed it out. Should have never even arrived at the table in that condition. Service was horrible, completely forgotten about,
No plates, napkins or silverware for 15 minutes, hostess kept checking on us bc sever wasn’t doing her job. Food was delicious when corrected. Won’t fault a restaurant bc of one bad server and presentation. Will give another try but service was worst I’ve had!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Enjoyed the atmosphere. Menu items were unique in terms of ingredients (mozzarella from the milk of domesticated Italian water buffalo & the Tipo 00 Italian flour used for pizza dough as well as the San Mariano tomatoes used in sauce) and loved the wood fired pizza. Cannellonis out of this world. First visit here but will be back for sure!

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Healthy
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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Excellent pasta dishes.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great pizza

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Wonderful service. Came early and seated us within 10 minutes. Our waitress was exceptional.

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, People Watching
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The wood fired pizza is wonderful as are the appetizers. Peroni on draft is a treat too. I would encourage management to bump up the lighting as virtually every table was using a cell phone to read the menu. That aside, it's a great spot.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Got there earlier than our 5:00 reservation after watching RiverDance but allowed us to sit outside and order a glass of wine. Service and food were great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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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 (Tampa)·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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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 5, 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 5, 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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 (Tampa)·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 17, 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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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 9, 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 8, 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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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 8, 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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 (Tampa)·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 29, 2017

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

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 (Tampa)·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 16, 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 9, 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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vip
 (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 13, 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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