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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (16)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
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Good for a Date (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Cozy (7)
Fun (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Business Meals (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Healthy (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
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Creative Cuisine (1)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

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 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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food5
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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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food5
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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
 (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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food5
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service5
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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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·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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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Atmosphere, food, service was all excellent!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great dinner Vodka sauce outstanding, pizza delicious, bruschetta and garlic cheese bread yummy. Tampa Bavarros rocks.

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

So far the best italian Pizza I had in Tampa bay. I took the margerita and it was very tasty, I did not like the choise to cook the basil with the pizza, I prefer to add it at the end. Overall a nice place to taste a good pizza!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on July 13, 2017

We were going to the Theatre and they made sure we were on time.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Had dinner here prior to show at the Straz, pizza was good as was the service

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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Pizza and appetizers were excellent. Seating was tight. Service was good.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Good food. Excellent service. Small and a bit loud but overall a nice place. Only downfall is their bathroom access for disabled. Bathroom is fully wheelchair accessible but hallway is cluttered with pizza boxes and firewood for the brick oven.
If I'm ever in the area I'd eat there again but maybe outside this time.

Tags: Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 7, 2017

If we are in Tampa we always go to Bavaros, great authentic pizza and pasta. Probably the best pizza in the Tampa Bay Area. Stop by for dinner and then take in a show at the historic Tampa Theatre.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Pizza was authentic Neapolitan style and very good. My wife also had a chocolate hazelnut gelato that she loved. Our waitress was quick and attentive , but didn't rush us. Will definitely go back for more pizza and to try other items on the menu.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Good basic Italian food. The antipasti salad was good, a bit more prosciutto , vinegar and oil would be nice. The arugula and mozzarella were quite plentiful. The pasta sauces were good as was the sausage.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. Pizza was incredible!!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Good service. We were able to get in and out in an hour, in time to catch our comedy show at the Straz center

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Amazing Italian, pizza with fresh yeast! As close to real Napoli pizza in the US as it gets! Gluten free pasta is fantastic!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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