Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota

4.6
280 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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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipClassic
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pizza, pasta and fish! Fresh burrata salad was delicious! The desserts were really good too! The tiramisu and cannoli-yum! Live music! Cool vibe! We will be back!

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vipSRQKel
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was warm outside but we didn’t mind. Claudia was fantastic. We’ll be back because of the outstanding food and service. Nice place to spend Father’s Day.

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MikeP
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the opportunity to eat a Bavaro's this weekend and had a wonderful experience. The ambience is great and the food is amazing. The pizza reminds me of being in Italy. It is that good. Overall I highly recommend this restaurant.

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

Grazie MikeP! There's no better compliment than hearing we remind you of the motherland! We geniunely thank you for the recommendation and look forward to seeing you again!

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SJR39
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

out with friends. food and service very good

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

Thanks to the gang for stopping in! We thank you for taking the time to leave your review, and so happy you enjoyed everything.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Overall our experience was good. The service was great as was our appetizer and salad (bruschetta and verde salad). We were disappointed with the pizza though. Flavors and ingredients were good, however, it was very soggy. We had to eat it with a fork and knife, there was no way we could pick up the slices without everything sliding off. We will definitely be returning though to give it another chance and maybe try one of the pasta dishes as well.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded 7 days ago

Hi there - thanks for choosing Bavaro's! Our pizzas are traditional Neapolitan style pizzas, and are indeed meant to be enjoyed the Italian way, with a fork and a knife! They are hand crafted to order and do have a soft tender center with a slightly doughy crust. If you'd like it a little more well done - don't hesitate to ask, we're happy to oblige! Hope to see you again soon.

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AnneVP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific experience at Bavaro’s with a large party of 20 plus people. The restaurant staff was incredibly accommodating and flexible, food was wonderful and everyone enjoyed it. Definitely would go back when I am next in Sarasota

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for choosing Bavaro's for your group - it was our pleasure to serve you! So happy to hear everyone enjoyed their visit with us. Hope to see you again soon!

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vipTimA
Jacksonville
16 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Too many flies. Entrees were average at best. Charcuterie platter was well prepared.
The live songstress was excellent. Would not return for dinner but would return for drinks and appetizers.

Would have given the ambiance a higher score if there weren’t so many flies in the dining room.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks for dining with us TimA! We'll pass your feedback onto our management and be sure any dining room issues get addressed. See you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first meal at Bavaro’s was delicious and quite the bargain. We sat at the bar and listened to mellow live music. Pretty crowded for a Wednesday and I understand why, the food! Our bartender was cheerful and efficient. Don’t miss this hidden gem but do make a reservation.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on June 10, 2021

We always hope the food speaks for itself - and that the ambiance is just the icing on the cake! Sounds like we nailed it - thank you! Hope to see you again soon.

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vipshoewoman
Pittsburgh
21 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place will definitely be back and tell our friends

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on June 10, 2021

And we appreciate your recommendation! The Bavaro's team appreciates your support!

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Rick
Montreal
14 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, great atmosphere, great terasse, great food, great service… we will definitely go back!!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on June 10, 2021

Thanks for the GREAT review Rick! We'll see you again soon :)

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Laurie
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful, the food and drinks are delicious, and they had an amazing musician playing out on the patio the last time we were there- great ambiance. Glad they survived through quarantine last year!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on June 10, 2021

Thanks for dining with us Laurie! We greatly appreciate your feedback - and will be sure it gets passed along to the team. See you again soon.

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SandyA
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a great experience here. Loved our server, Christopher. He was very friendly and attentive which makes the perfect experience. It helped the food was amazing too! My fav is the burrata pizza!! Yum.

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

Thanks for the visit (and the review!) SandyA! We'll be sure to pass along your feedback to our team. Looking forward to seeing you again soon :)

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vipStephenD
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great food and a cool atmosphere with live music on the patio at night.

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

Glad to hear you're enjoying the vibe StephenD! We love our Sarasota guests & community! See you soon.

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ScottT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have eaten here before, had their penne vodka which was excellent, this time tried the pizza. Buy one get one, great value and very tasty, difficult to find good pizza in Sarasota. we ate at 5:30 outside, not busy, quiet and felt comfortable.

Have recommended this restaurant to friends.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on June 3, 2021

We appreciate you stopping in - and for the recommendations ScottT! Be sure to check out our website for more daily specials! Hope to see you again soon.

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vipMauitricia
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've finally found our pizza place in FL. As ex NYers, we are very picky about our pizza. Bavaro's pizza and pasta were homeruns. Our server, Tamaran, was excellent and continuously made us feel well taken care of. The guitarist was outstanding. In fact, we took his card and would love for him to perform at our daughter's upcoming rehearsal dinner. Overall, we couldn't be happier and will become regulars here at this hidden gem.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on May 30, 2021

We're happy to hear we passed the "NY" test! And having live music is relatively new for us - so we're glad to hear you're enjoying it. (And don't forget us for your next event - we host private events as well as do catering!) See you again soon :)

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Hope
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were 3 couples sitting on the lovely patio! Dinner music was a great addition to our evening. Our server was great. We struggled hearing her at times because of her wearing a mask (we were all grateful for that) and the music.
The drinks and food were quite tasty. As others have said, the pizza was a bit underdone, but still enjoyed.
We will definitely return!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on May 26, 2021

Thank you for your feedback - and for dining at Bavaro's! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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MarciaB
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice rustic atmosphere. Good food. The one man band was great.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on May 20, 2021

Our team thanks you for dining with us MarciaB! Good food, good music - who could ask for more?! See you again soon!

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ChelseaM
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. Our server Doug was so attentive and friendly! We sat on the patio and it was simply gorgeous, the live music really adds to the atmosphere as well! We look forward to making this a regular dinner spot for us.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on May 20, 2021

And we look forward to having you as a regular ChelseaM! Be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram accounts to follow our specials - there are some great deals every night of the week!

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peedeegee
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Having last tried a year ago I thought I would revist. To begin they were out of the appetizer wood roasted oysters. When I requested fresh ground black pepper for our salad I was brought a pepper shaker and told they were out of ground pepper. Salad was good and pizza decent. When a neighboring table requested butter they said they had to "find". Wait staff was pleasant and apologetic but better organization needed a top.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on May 12, 2021

Thank you for dining with us - and for your feedback. We're always looking for ways to improve our guest experience and will be sure to take this into consideration.

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Gigi
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Regular Italian bread would be a great accompaniment, and served to all tables!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on May 12, 2021

Thanks for dining with us Gigi! Many of our entrees come with bread on the side - however if you'd like extra, we're happy to bring you some. Hope to see you again soon!

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ErikH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food very friendly staff and food was delicious

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on May 12, 2021

Grazie ErikH! So glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us!

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vipMaryH
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We vacation on Longboat Key every year and were looking to try something new in hip downtown Sarasota! Bavaro’s hit the mark on everything! Delicious appetizers; the bruschetta with fresh ricotta and heirloom tomato was amazing! The Strawberry Lemonade Sangria was refreshing and homemade pasta delicious! The pizzas looked amazing too! We will definitely be back!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on May 12, 2021

Thanks for stopping in on vacation MaryH! Our team works hard to 'hit the mark' and we're glad to see you were happy with everything. Definitely try the pizzas next time - they're at the heart of our restaurant! See you next time you're in town.

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susanav
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our table for 6 was on the 2nd floor. Waitress was very pleasant and professional and helpful. but..when a table for 10 was also set, she was not able to manage 16 guests simultaneously as she had to navigate the stairs for each request / order.
She should have had support.
The toasted garlic bread was specifically requested to be served with the main courses but was delivered 6 minutes prior to the food.
Eating utensils were not available for dessert -- really? -- as all of the utensils were in the dishwasher. The food was good but organization could have been better.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on May 12, 2021

Thanks for dining with us - and for your leaving us your feedback. I will be sure to pass this onto management so we can address any logistical challenges. As we emerge from the pandemic we are doing our best to manage the new landscape we are faced with. Hope to see you again soon!

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vipDave
Tampa
34 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Made reservations for our wedding anniversary this week and decided to give this restaurant a second shot.
Had made it for a table outside and was seat at a high top with hard wooden seat and a dirty table, so much for comfort. Ask the host for regular table near we were told it was reserved,
But was empty till we were rushed thru out seating.
Appetizers were good bruschetta and oysters.
Braise ribs was very good but the salmon dish was tasteless.
Cocktails were overpriced and was never ask how our meal was or even mentioned our anniversary.
So for who dine half our evenings live here all year there will not be another visit,

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside patio was lovely and dog friendly. The brick oven pizza and salmon were absolutely delicious! Staff was warm and friendly too!

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

We appreciate your visit - and your review! Looking forward to seeing you (and you pup!) soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great dinner celebration. Wonderful food
Good waitstaff

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

Thanks for choosing us for your special day! So glad to see you enjoyed everything.

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vipAlocal
Tampa
61 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Help in this area is hard to find, but when you get someone, you need to train them. We had a waitress,who we learned from her lengthy conversation with the table next to us about everything but the restaurant, had been working for two weeks. She managed to bring my husband the wrong beer which he drank anyway since we couldn’t get her attention, and managed to have our starters and main dishes arrive within a minute of each other. I would have liked to have had a more leisurely meal with another glass of wine and enjoy the music. Maybe next time. Food is good.

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

Thanks for dining with us! We appreciate your feedback, and will use it to improve our service. We are in the midst of hiring and training a number of staff, and we appreciate your patience as we get everyone up to the Bavaro's standard!

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vipMichaelv
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kind of out of the way location but was very quiet and nice. Enjoyable atmosphere, great food(appreciate the gluten free option) and great service. Will be back.

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

Thanks for dining with us Michaelv! We look forward to having you back!

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vipcarlP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was outstanding. Fresh pasta great pizza.

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

Thanks for your review - and your visit! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Food and service!

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

Thanks for the review - and for dining with us!

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vipDiner
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Checked in for reservation and learned I had a choice to seat inside or outside when I made the reservation on Open Table. I asked to be seated outside but because reservations were full we were offered inside seating. The host explained my over site of the choice on the app, but found seating for us outside. Awesome! The table was in front of the entertainment, Oh no! Oh well we sat at the outdoor table offered. Half way into our meal tables that were reserved were still empty. At the end of the night...tables were still empty plus others where guest had left.

Okay now, service was okay, drinks were good the food, well I could have done better bar home. We tipped the entertainer and wait person well and went away with one more empty table.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on April 21, 2021

Hi Diner, thanks for stopping in! We're glad to hear we were able to entertain your request to sit outside. Unfortunately we often have no-show reservations, which most likely was the reason for the empty tables. We want our restaurant to be as full as possible! Hope to see you back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing as always! I recommend the meatball appetizer, we get it every time! Their pizza is always good. Their ravioli with vodka sauce is tasty and the rigatoni al funghi is phenomenal as well. Highly recommend this place!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on April 21, 2021

Our mouths are watering at your recommendations - which all happen to be some of our most popular menu items! Thanks for dining with us, and for your review. See you soon!

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vipGoldie
Tampa
110 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The Verde salad was terrific and our waitress was perfect. The guitarist and outdoor covered patio is ideal.
My pizza unfortunately hardly had any sauce on it and the dough quite frankly tasted a bit flat. My friend's pizza looked better, but he was nonplussed as well.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on April 21, 2021

Thanks for dining with us Goldie! We're glad you're enjoying our gorgeous outdoor patio and the live music! Our pizzas are traditional Neapolitan, which are a very thin pizza made to be eaten with a fork and knife. If that isn't your style, we'd love to see you back for some delicious pastas, or one of our weekly specials. We know you'll find something you enjoy! Hope to see you soon.

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vipJJN7821
Tampa
59 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Unfortunately our outside dining reservation (which was missing somehow) had to be moved inside due to a rainstorm. The staff, however, was very accommodating in getting us resituated inside the restaurant. It has a great NYC vibe and excellent food. The all-day happy hour is not such a value as although beer was half-price no one locally regularly charges $8 for a draft beer. Well drinks and wine were a better value. Our server was a bit harried but worked hard and we were pleased with her. The menu is relatively sparse, so when we return we’ll opt for the pizzas. They are made in a wood fired oven and looked good! The beer menu was also very limited. All in all a good experience and well worth another visit!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on April 17, 2021

Thanks for dining with us, we're glad you enjoyed everything!

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vipFitz
Atlantic City
99 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Server was exemplary. Music WOULD have been lovely but extraordinarily loud volume made it very unpleasant.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on April 17, 2021

We appreciate your feedback! I will pass along the issue about the volume to the manager on-site. Hope to see you again soon!

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vipBarbie
Jacksonville
42 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pizza was the best. Coming back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, but be prepared for a noisier ambiance. There was a live performer so that may be why

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vipcarlP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food service and atmosphere.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on April 10, 2021

Thanks CarlP! Hope to see you again soon.

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AlC42
Tallahassee
11 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for family with 6-8 year old children amid the hectic post-Easter week in Florida.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on April 10, 2021

Thanks for brining in the family! So glad to hear we could make everyone happy.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We had a late reservation rushed to order and the pizzas were burnt.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota
Responded on April 10, 2021

We're sorry to hear you did have a great experience with us. We aim to make all of our guests feel welcome - regardless of when they arrive. This feedback will be shared with the management. We hope you'll dine with us 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 280 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.