Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota

4.6
219 Reviews
$30 and under
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. Determined to share their family recipes with the world, Dan Bavaro, his wife Anna-Maria, and their five beautiful children packed their U-Haul, left their friends and family, drove from New Jersey to Tampa, and set out to provide for others the same love, energy, and authenticity that they experience around their own dinner table.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience! We had a large party and they accommodated us with great service and even better food!

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vipStacyZ
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great food and ambience. Will go back when in the area.

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Responded 2 days ago

Thanks for your visit - and for your review!

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KimberlieM
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent hostess assisted in finding an outdoor table for us as the night was beautiful. Had no idea about this restaurant - cool vibe environment, great choices for apps and dinner. Really liked it a lot!

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vipSime
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

It was very nice. However, we sat upstairs and service was slow on the drinks. Also, our bottle of Chardonnay was warm. We were given a ice bucket and it did get cold. But, not the way that should have been served.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for dining with us Sime! I will be sure to pass along your feedback on the wine service. Hope to see you again soon!

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Foodie
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent appetizers. We had the bruschetta and meatballs. Good pizza and fresh made pasta. The tiramisu was wonderful—not too sweet. The wine was fantastic. Our server was attentive. All employees were masked. We sat outside with live music—Natalie Bonatti has a Janis Joplin sound and played the guitar covering a huge array of songs from multiple genres. The entire experience was amazing! Our new favorite place for a casual date.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded 2 days ago

We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience at Bavaro's Foodie! We love hearing you are enjoying the outdoor entertainment, and we're adding it to all of our locations based on guest feedback. We look forward to seeing you again!

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Susan
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We started visiting Bavaro in the summer because of its outside seating. The pizza is thin crust and very tasty. They have music on the weekend (not sure if during the week), which can get a bit loud (no need to crank up amplifiers). Service is uneven, but always friendly and the staff all wear masks. You can also make reservations on Open Table and indicate outside seating.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your visit Susan - our team appreciates your support! See you again soon.

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vipJeffW
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a very nice evening out. Patio was very pleasant for safe, socially distant dining. The bruschetta, the tagliatelle and the ravioli al formaggio were delicious and the vodka sauce was the best I've ever had. Drinks from the bar were also excellent and an order of cannolis for dessert was the perfect end to a wonderful meal. Service was fast and friendly too. We'd highly recommend and we'll be back again.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded 2 days ago

The Bavaro's team thanks you for your support JeffW! We look forward to having you back!

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BillyM
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Pizza was a 6.5 on a 1-10 scale. But I’m picky when it comes to a margarita pizza. The ice cream desert was freezer burnt however they did take it off the tab and gave us a coupon for next time.
The tiramisu was average however it would have been better if they didn’t put enough coco on top for 3 more. It’s almost as if they just dumped cocoa powder on it.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks for your feedback BillyM! Our pies are crafted in the traditional Neapolitan style - which is different than what some may be used to. We'll be sure to pass along the feedback about the dessert to the local manager. Hope to see you again.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much fun! Loved the live music!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks for your visit - and for your support of Bavaro's!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Customers not wearing masks when moving about. Waitress did not always have mask on properly.

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vipStephenD
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, cool atmosphere, and the outdoor patio is awesome.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on February 23, 2021

Thanks StephenD - we're glad to see you enjoyed your experience with us! Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on our local specials!

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vipMatK
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal at Bavaro's. It's a bit off the beaten track. It has a spacious covered patio, nocely.decorated.and lighted in front and nice indoor eating plus a bar inside. Good pizzas, fresh pasta and seafood. We had a party of 8 and we all enjoyed our meals. We will go back.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on February 23, 2021

The Bavaro's team thanks you MatK! We are so glad to hear your party enjoyed everything - and we thank you for choosing us for your special outing! Looking forward to having you back soon!

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vipTheresaC
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoy the outdoor dining experience. Feel so fortunate to have found this neighborhood gem.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on February 23, 2021

And we feel fortunate to have you TheresaC! Thank you for the support - we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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vipMelissaH
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On vacation with family and this was a find online. We couldn’t have picked a better place for dinner. The food was outstanding and the service was just as good. Will definitely keep this on our list of favorites when we return.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on February 23, 2021

We're so glad you found us MelissaH! We look forward to having you next time you're in town.

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vippablol
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on February 18, 2021

Thanks Pablol! Our team appreciates your feedback.

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vipCathyB
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food —-great service—- and a perfect night outside

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on February 18, 2021

Sounds like the perfect trifecta - thanks CathyB!

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Lunch
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside dining is delightful. We really enjoyed our evening listening to music while we dined.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on February 18, 2021

We are glad to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us! Based on feedback such as this, we are adding regular music to all of our Tampa Bay locations - so thank you! We hope to see you again soon :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining, outdoor fire place

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on February 7, 2021

The Bavaro's team thanks you for dining with us - and are so glad to see you enjoyed everything. Our fireplace is definitely a staple of our cozy ambiance! See you again soon :)

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vipCago
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gets loud outside. Great pizza and desserts. We're regulars

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on February 2, 2021

We love our loyal guests - thanks for your patronage Cago! (And if you don't love the hustle and bustle, we're always happy to find you a quieter spot to enjoy your meal!) See you again soon.

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vipRobinH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. Service was great. Live music and atmosphere was very nice. Definitely will be back.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on January 27, 2021

The team thanks you for your support RobinH! We're glad to see you enjoyed your visit with us. Hope to see you again soon!

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vipcatherine
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a tomato and whipped ricotta appetizer that was terrific and then a Margherita wood fired pizza that was really good. They had some other great menu items that I bet would have been great but couldn’t try everything. The tiramisu was also very light and finished with cappuccino. They have a beautiful covered patio where we sat outside with plenty of heat lamps for a chilly evening. Overall a terrific experience

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on January 8, 2021

Thank you for the visit Catherine - we're so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us at Bavaro's! (And we agree, you have to come back multiple times to thoroughly enjoy all we have to offer!) Be sure to try some of our handmade pastas next time - the penne alla vodka is a crowd favorite!!

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Lizzie
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This place is amazing. The fireplace was so nice on this beautiful cold winter evening. Service was very friendly and super attentive. The food selection is small but sooo good. We were given plenty of time to make a selection and enjoy your company after our meal. Overall a wonderful addition to the Sarasota area!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on January 13, 2021

The Bavaro's team is so glad to hear you enjoyed everything Lizzie! Our staff loves what they do - and we're glad it shows! Hope to see you back again soon :)

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vipCharles
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best pizza and pasta in town, alongside excellent attentiveness by the team, mixed with live entertainment in the beautiful outdoor oasis makes for a most enjoyable dining adventure!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on January 22, 2021

Thank you for the visit! We're always glad to hear from our loyal guests. See you again soon!

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vipAllieB
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Tracie as our waitress and she was FANTASTIC!!!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on January 8, 2021

We'll be sure Tracie sees this Allie! Our team loves what they do - and we're glad it shows!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance with excellent service! Pizza is solid, brick oven pizza. I would come back anytime!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on January 5, 2021

Thank you for your feedback! Our Pizzaiolos work hard to ensure perfection in their pies - and we're so glad to hear you enjoy them. See you again soon!

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BrandyM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best bolognese I've ever had. The staff are kind, make recommendations, which I love, and the food is super flavorful.

This would make a quaint date night dinner spot if I lived closer :)

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on January 8, 2021

The best bolognese ever!? What an accolade - thanks Brandy!! We hope to see you back next time you're in town (and be sure to check out our Neapolitan pies next time - straight from the 900 degree oven to your plate!!).

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vipGiles
Tampa
32 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience- been to Bavaros many times !

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on January 5, 2021

We're honored to get a five star review from one of our loyal patrons - thanks Giles! Hope to see you again soon.

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stephenf
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Rude waitress who didn't bother to say hello, but instead greeted us with, "I'll be with you in 12 minutes". I assumed this was because we committed the cardinal sin of being 12 minutes early. She then told us to go wait outside even though the temperature was in the 40's or low 50's. If this was a Covid 19 thing, there was no one in the restaurant, I am quite sure we would not have killed anyone. We never got her name, she was short and fat with a surly attitude. We decided we had enough and went to La Mucca Ballerina. Please tell your staff that if someone arrives early just seat them and see if they want a drink. No one is going to complain about that.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Good tasting food. The wait staff was attentive but had very limited knowledge of the menu when asked about several of the selections. The restaurant turns into a nightclub around 9:30 with a DJ so get there in time to finish your meal. Having DJ lights shine in your face while having a romantic dinner wasn’t the ideal situation. Prices were what was expected. Dinner for two with wine was $80 plus tip.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on December 15, 2020

Thank you for your visit - and for the feedback! I will pass your concerns onto our management to take into consideration. Hope to see you again soon.

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viproscales
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great vibe and holiday decorations. Wonderful singer with a terrific voice! Nice service. Good food.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on December 15, 2020

Thanks for visiting us at Bavaro's! We look forward to having you again soon!

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DStarr
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We first visited for my son and daughter-in-law’s rehearsal dinner. They did a great job helping us make the night special. We recently ate there fir my sons birthday and were equally impressed. Because of the pandemic there were very few customers and all staff wore masks. We had excellent service and great food. Tuesday night special was a BOGO pizza which was icing on the cake.

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marilyn
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Every. Nice place. Will come. Again
Food. Was. Good. Also. Service

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on December 5, 2020

We appreciate your visit Marilyn! See you again soon.

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ginaa
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is always good! They were getting ready for a set up for entertainment later and he was quite disruptive and at one point his decorations fell - so it was not the usual - the one guy singing kept getting interrupted which was rude.
Food was good - chef Carl doesn’t disappoint!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on November 22, 2020

Thanks for stopping in Ginaa! See you again soon!

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Dmoney
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looking for a wonderful place to go for dinner? This is the restaurant! great food, service, atmosphere. Friday night lovely guitar music added to our meal! will be back!!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on November 22, 2020

So glad to hear it Dmoney! We'll see you again soon!

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vipGiles
Tampa
33 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always, service downstairs excellent and enjoyed the singer

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent experience at Bavaros. The food is delicious, the servers are efficient and very friendly, and the atmosphere is laid back and comfortable. Bavaros has become our go to for a great night out!

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ReneeH
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reserved for a party of 10 to thank someone very special volunteers! Brandon our server was attentive and phenomenal, helping us select the perfect charcuterie for starters. The gentle breeze mixed with the beautiful sounds of the live guitarist was the perfect accompaniment.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on October 26, 2020

We're honored that you chose us for your special event Renee! The team is so glad you enjoyed your experience with us, and for your feedback. See you again soon!

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vipRayB
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza in Sarasota!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on October 26, 2020

Wow - what a compliment RayB! Our pizzaiolos say "Grazie!!".

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Markl
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Unique style and setting. Most importantly the food was the same and so very delicious!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on October 21, 2020

The team thanks you for your feedback! We're always glad to hear our guests are enjoying the experience at Bavaro's! See you again soon. Ciao!

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vipAnthonyS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely evening sitting outside on the patio while listening to the live music on Friday night. Although they were short staffed, our server was wonderful and the Neapolitan pizza paired perfectly with our charcuterie board and wine!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on October 15, 2020

Grazie AnthonyS! We appreciate your patience while we learn the new flow of patrons in this ever-changing environment! Be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram page to see our latest specials - we have daily Happy Hour items, as well as BOGO pies on Tuesdays! See you again soon :)

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You can order delivery directly from Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota using the Order Online button. Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 552-9131.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota is rated 4.6 stars by 219 OpenTable diners.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/bavaros-pizza-napoletana-and-pastaria/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.