Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete

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$30 and under
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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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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall1food4service2ambience2

Reserved outdoor seating.. arrived 10mins early , waited for 20mins. When an outdoor table did come available, the hostess placed another party at that table (that did not have a reservation).. We waited a little longer to finally be seated inside. The waiter was hurried and wanted our entire order all at once.

The party did did NOT have a reservation should have waited 10 more mins for the table inside and I would have then sat down to eat at my almost desired time and my preferred seating.

SK
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bavaro’s has a fun, energetic vide. We made a reservation on opentable and when we arrived our table was waiting for us, although the indoor/outdoor seating was packed. Our server, Amy, was outstanding, she came to our table right away, was attentive to all our needs and she has a fun personality. Her suggestions for entrees were great, and quite tasty. One of the owners, Peter was making rounds talking to people and making sure we all were enjoying ourselves. I would highly recommend Bavaro’s.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for the review!

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OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious

RS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall everything went very well. Good service and good food

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded 5 days ago

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MC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I am an Italian temporarily residing in Clearwater.
For us, pizza is a weekly ritual and I looked for a pizzeria with a wood oven.
Bavaro offers a good product, with top ingredients. Of course, the cost is high compared to Italian prices, but the pizza here is very good.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the candid review Michele!

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MT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pizza crusts were soggy. Only one server for all indoor & outdoor tables. She did her best but the restaurant was understaffed.

HG
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Table not ready until 7pm despite reservation. Refused to push 2 tables together to accommodate.out of many items on the menu. Server put every hot plate and drink in front of my 2 year old even after i asked she not do that.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

We used to come pretty regularly however we always feel rushed. We understand the dining room is small and turnover is crucial for the wait staff but we would also like to not feel that we are an annoyance which we especially felt this time.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome customer service! The host (I’m sorry I don’t remember his name) was so welcoming and took great care of us. Amy was great especially with our mistake on our order she made it right. The complimentary pizza while we waited was unexpected and greatly appreciated. We will be back for sure!

k
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Arrived at 4pm on Saturday 12/21/2019, seated promptly. Glad we went early as it did get busy by 5pm. Ordered ANTIPASTO ITALIANO, Margherita pizza, penne alla vodka pasta dish, two glasses of wine. Overall food was good. We like Central ave St pete and the small cafe restaurant is quaint with a nice downtown feel, good ambiance. Personally the pizza needs to be cooked slightly more (and I like it slightly under cooked. not charred or dry) but last time too it needed a little more time in the oven for flavor and to stay together when eating a slice but still good. Small pasta serving for the price, $10 for a glass of wine and only 1/4 full glass and the anti pasta was a bit skimpy as well for that price. I would still recommend Bavaro's because still good overall. Very open to trying other similar places in the area, thy're plentiful.

FF
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I had high hopes, but ended up disappointed.

We ordered the antipasto bavaro with a description of “imported mozzarella di bufala with prosciutto di parma, extra-virgin olive oil, wood-fired bread.” What we got was....okay? But didn’t match this description at all. We got seasoned mozzarella with prociutto on a bed of arugula with grape tomatoes and no bread. Upon asking, we were told they were out of bread (which was shocking for an Italian restaurant), but they would give us plain baked pizza dough instead. It didn’t taste terrible, but we were just confused by the difference between what was read on the menu and what was ordered. Also, if you’re out of bread, why wouldn’t we be told that as soon as we ordered it in case we wanted something different?

For our meal, we got a classic margherita pizza. The taste was good, but not great. What was not good at all, however, was how soggy the pizza was. The sauce was runny, and the crust wasn’t crisp at all. Also, there were two basil leaves on the entire pizza, and they were both on one slice. What’s the point of adding basil to a pizza if you’re barely going to add any at all?

Maybe it was an off night, but as a first time diner I likely would look at another pizza place instead of returning as a result of our experience.

JW
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!! Food and service wonderful!

f
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As ever, the most delicious pizza, delightful antipasto platter and great wine. What could be better? Bavaro's is our very favorite place for casual Italian dining in St. Petersburg.

RY
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Clam dish very little food for the price compared to other places which gives you more (and better broth) when clams or muscles ordered

OC
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upscale pizzeria, perfect for a date, or evening with the family. Great wine selections, and really, how many places have spaghetti alle vongole..and it is fantastic.

OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our standard places in the city to get the best brick oven pizza. Everything here is outstanding but the pizza keeps us coming back. Plenty of options, but not too many to cheapen an authentic experience. The various sauces are absolutely delicious. Highly recommend.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thank you so much for the review!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the pizza. Good wine selection as well

AC
London
20 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The original restaurant in Tampa used to be my favourite restaurant for many years but it seems that they have neglected the quality ingredients that they used to use. It was still a nice evening out but doesn’t live up to how good it used to be.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on October 21, 2019

Hi there Annaleise, we are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with you visit to our location in St. Pete. We assure you that our ingredients are, if not more, refined and of higher quality. On behalf of our team, we hope that you join us again soon.

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g
Tampa
114 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always Bavaro's comes through and meets or exceeds expectations. The food is always good and the service is top notch. The flavors jump out of the plate at you, very good ingredients.

PA
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Enjoyed the meal .. glad we made a reservation,,as it was busy ( high school homecoming diners ). Food was very good , especially the pasta bolognese..place was noisy.. service a little slow, but friendly..

SH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great meatballs and bruschetta! We also had a prosciutto pizza, very tasty!

JR
Tampa
47 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and friendly staff. A bit expensive for a pizza and a salad with wine, but nicely done. Sometimes can be unpleasantly loud depending on the crowd.

P
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Their pizza is the best! It's small but the ambiance is nice. No too fussy and not too casual. Just Right!

a
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great pasta, authentic pizza. service could be better but that's florida

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

MG
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious
Always made to order
Special kudos to the pizza chefs And servers that always make sure that my allergies are catered to in a way to ensure I don’t get cross cross contamination. It’s very much appreciated so I can enjoy their delicious food!!!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Our server was not on it and food had to be recooked.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on August 14, 2019

Hi there, we are sorry for the experience you had with us. We would like to invite you back with a gift card for your next visit to have a better experience. Please email abby@areymedia.co if you are interested.

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d
Tampa
26 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

While our food was delicious, our server was very slow and often forgot about us. Our food for four people came out at four different times. Great bolognese though!

u
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience2

Always good!

OT
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this place. Food is great, especially pasta dishes. But this night it was very crowded, thus extremely noisy. Almost too noisy to talk with our friends. I know some restaurants think this gives an energetic vibe, and it can, but we couldn't talk. It was 6pm on a Sunday night. We never expected it to be like a Fri or Sat night. But good for Bavaro's. Not so good for visiting with friends unless you want to shout, which some around us were doing.

TW
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would definitely recommend this place to anyone that likes coal-fired pizza. Great atmosphere, service and the quality of the ingredients is awesome.

s
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very loud,food just ok, 17$ for spaghetti and meatballs is outrageous.

OT
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both of us ordered pasta dishes. We took the recommendation of our server and the pasta dishes were amazing. Wine selections were very reasonably priced as was the food. We are going to become regulars!

LL
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fun spot for a family b-day dinner! Appetizers are generous - meant to be shared. Everyone enjoyed their entrees. We received a complimentary Nutella desert - which we all loved! Our server was great too.

T
Dallas
54 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Small restaurant but nice atmosphere. Food was great. Meatball appetizer is good to share. Tagliatelle bolognese was very good. Service was fine Our server wasn’t the warmest person. Will go back to try the pizza.

OT
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Added bonus of gluten free pasta!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service

s
Caribbean
16 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a regular stop so what else needs to be said.
Like eating the best pizza and preparations with your family.
Maximo and the rest of the staff are the best.
You know this is a place that ownership takes pride in.
Everything is done right!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Server was nice, reservation was ready. Table was right by the door though, not the best ambiance. Food (pizza) was pretty good, but arrived a bit cold. Overall good but not great.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We enjoyed our dinner, arrived a bit early then our reservation, and they were able to seat us earlier with no problem. Pizza was very good and the atmosphere was enjoyable

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