Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria

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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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KathyM
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True authentic Italian food in a very tastefully styled small restaurant. Pizza-oven perfect pizza pies, and delicious pastas . . . Salads are fresh and healthy—love the mango cheese on my Floridian. Never had a disappointing meal in all the years we’ve been frequenting. Addicted to their homemade red sauce!!!

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vipjanicef
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is so good! I would say though inside seating was a bit tight and beer and wine limited or sold out. They cleaned the tables nicely but there is only one toilet available. I would still return.. They have outside seating as of this date

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally recommend their food. Excellent pasta and pizza

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JLDining
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the first place we went to after quartine restrictions were loosened. Great food and great service!

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BrentM
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly reccomend! The table was ready on time. The service was excellent. The food was amazing. I can still taste the garlic!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This is not our first time at Bavaro’s. Their food was as good as always, but the service was way slower and our one year old got cranky. We won’t hold it against them, we’ll be back for the delicious tomato basil soup and ravioli di funghi.

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Gourmande
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great ambiance, fabulous service. One of our favorite restaurants!

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BrentM
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent adventure! We enjoyed a birthday night out. The pizza chef was amazing! Wine was smooth and pizza perfect. My wife wants more garlic bread!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time and it was a great place for a date!

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Morgan
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must. Absolutely delish and have never been disappointed.

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Anon
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Delish margarita pizza & Chocolate hazelnut gelato. Great service.

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NiakonnieR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was great.

Space is tight for wheelchairs.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped for a bite before going to a concert.
Service was fast, efficient and food was great

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria
Responded on February 27, 2020

Thanks for the review!

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DonnaL
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Caprese and meatball appetizer were very good....pizza not so much. It was cold enough in the restaurantto require a jacket.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria
Responded on February 27, 2020

Sorry for the chill that day, Donna! Thank you for your review.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Noisy, pizza was marginal at best. Too tight of seating, everyone’s conversations were to close to not here at a high volume because of the close proximity of the next table and patrons.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria
Responded on February 27, 2020

Hi there, we are a small and quaint restaurant. We are sorry for the noise you experienced with us. Please check your DMs.

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vipluv2eatm
Tampa
55 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed the pizza. The meatball and spaghetti were fine. The meatball was a bit dense.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria
Responded on February 27, 2020

Thank you for your review! Hope to see you back again soon to try some other menu items.

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ToddV
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was quite good and the service was good as well. But the place is small and you don’t have a lot of space between tables. It’s quite noisy. But I would go back if I was ever in the neighborhood.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria
Responded on February 27, 2020

Thank you for the review!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such amazing food and on Wednesday’s they have 1/2 off wine!

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FrankS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria
Responded on February 27, 2020

Thanks for your review, Frank!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great pizza! Cozy place with great wine and service. Will go back!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria
Responded on February 27, 2020

Thank you for the review!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria
Responded on February 27, 2020

Thanks for joining us!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My fiancée and I love coming here. The food is always great and service is awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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Paula
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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RichardH
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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RandyB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with an authentic Italian taste and atmosphere. We really love the sauces and desserts.

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vipChaco
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

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.

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DrewT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

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.

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Erin
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

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Gretchen
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
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......

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria
Responded on January 21, 2020

Thank you Gretchen!

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AmyP
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!

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MikeS
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.

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SandiO
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 .

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vipJenniferB
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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vipLouis
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed the pizza. It was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always!

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SunyBuny
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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

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TraceyG
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!

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Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 868-4440 ext. 201.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria is rated 4.7 stars by 574 OpenTable diners.

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