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Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria, Tampa, FL

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria

4.7
4.7
903 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.

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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 26 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (813) 868-4440 ext. 201

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Dan Bavaro

  • 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.

  • 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

    Aimee Daley: (908) 812-4206

  • Neighborhood

    Tampa

  • Cross street

    Twiggs St.

  • 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. <br />

  • Public transit

    Bus and Trolley available

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 903 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Tampa

    Italian

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  1. KM

    KellyM

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside. Great atmosphere, service and food! Will definitely be back.
  2. BG

    BrianG

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite place for pizza. We were there for the soft opening years ago. No longer live in the area , but return every time we are dove Wn town
  3. DH

    DonnaHogan

    Tampa

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious pasta and the pizzas are so tasty. Look forward to going back.
  4. D

    Debbie

    Orlando

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    PERFECTION!!! Service, food, location - everything was amazing!!
  5. AD

    AngelaD

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    We booked an indoor table for our family including 2 kids under 5 at 515pm. Table was not available at the time of our reservation. We ended up sitting outside since we had to be somewhere for 715pm. None of the heaters worked + it was windy and a little chilly, I ended up inside with our baby to keep warm as well as make sure we got the next available table. A table indoors didn't become available until 645. Our server was nice and did her best to help us. The person at the front couldn't care less. We even saw another party who arrived after us get seated indoors. The restaurant was very busy with takeout. I think the restaurant needs to do a better job of managing reservations and takeout to ensure the staff isn't overwhelmed. Food wasn't anything special, and it took nearly an hour to get our food.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Appetizers, pizza and pasta dishes were all great. Cannoli’s for dessert were amazing. Highly recommend this and the other locations in the Tampa Bay Area.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant, especially if seeing a show nearby at Tampa theatre. Will be our go to place for next time as well. Make reservations

    Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & PastariaResponded 6 days agoThank you for choosing Bavaro's! Hope to see you again soon!

  8. J

    Joan

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our go to places when visiting Tampa, the food is fabulous, and the ambience amazing. We feel as if we’re in Naples when eating here!!
  9. CS

    CorinneS

    Tallahassee

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Pre-theatre; restaurant smelled (like feet, but assuming some kind of cheese). Food was good but overpriced. City was packed with people yelling, running, kids and everyone with a phone in their face, so not paying attention to anything around them (Alice in Wonderland experience). Not the restaurants fault, but still lessened the experience.
  10. P

    Perfect

    Richmond

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server was wonderful and the pizza was delicious!
  11. LB

    LynnB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went back a second time during our weekend stay in Tampa. First night we enjoyed the pizza and the second time we ordered pasta and an appetizer. Service was quick and very friendly. Noise level outside and inside was high-busy street busy night. Great place!
  12. AP

    AngelaP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Italian restaurant. Make sure to make a reservation or you may have to wait-worth the wait!
  13. CB

    CaiteB

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Unorganized. Was told they could not sit our reservations after made a reservation. Ended up sitting at a table after waiting and was not helped for 30 minutes everyone just walked right by. Got up and left. Will not come back.
  14. DI

    DianaI

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    I ordered ravioli and it was terribly undercooked, sent it back and the second thing late was just as undercooked as the first. Awful experience.

    Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & PastariaResponded on January 27, 2023We're sorry you didn't enjoy your meal with us Dianal. We do hope you'll give us a chance and dine with us again.

  15. KK

    KrisK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints. Staff and food are always spot on.

    Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & PastariaResponded on January 27, 2023Thanks for your review KrisK! We appreciate our loyal Bavaro's patrons!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hostess and waitress were so kind and accommodating. The Margherita pizza and Verde salad made a great meal. We loved the intimate feel of this small space. Highly recommend.

    Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & PastariaResponded on January 27, 2023Thank you for sharing your experience with us, and for the recommendation!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food.

    Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & PastariaResponded on January 27, 2023Thank you for dining with us!

  18. WZ

    WZLA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. It was very busy and ended up sitting outside when it was cold and windy.
  19. JG

    JeannieG

    St. Louis

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a little late for our reservation due to traffic. Called ahead to let them know, when we got there very busy and we had to wait 45 mins for a table by which time we were running out of time to get to the theatre for a show. Server was outstanding and put our order in straight away, spoke to chef and within 5 or so minutes our pizza was on the table. Made it to our show in time. They were very busy but the server and chef went above and beyond. We will do definitely be back and the pizza was amazing!
  20. JD

    JohnD

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The best pizza and Italian food in Tampa. Friendly atmosphere, great service and an overall wonderful restaurant!!

    Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & PastariaResponded on January 19, 2023We appreciate your feedback JohnD!

  21. A

    Allison

    Jacksonville

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Good vibe. Wait staff was attentive. The A/C broke and it was hot, but food was worth sitting in the heat.

    Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & PastariaResponded on January 19, 2023Thanks for your understanding Allison! We're glad you enjoyed your visit!

  22. LG

    LauraG

    Tampa

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service, ambiance! The food was fresh and hot and delicious!

    Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & PastariaResponded on January 27, 2023We love to hear it! Thanks for stopping by LauraG!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Celebrated my girlfriends 24th birthday! Great experience we loved the vibe and service however I got some hard ravioli noodles which was a little disappointing but overall great experience we will be back.

    Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & PastariaResponded on January 12, 2023Thanks for choosing Bavaro's for your celebration! We'll be sure to pass along your feedback to our team. Hope to see you again soon.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! Went on New Years Eve and figured it would take a little since they were busy, but our waiter was great and we were well taken care of! We loved the vodka sauce. Definitely will return when we are in Tampa again!
  25. AR

    AnneR

    Tampa

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining prior to our theater night on New Years Eve. Even though it was busy, the staff was thoughtful, the food delicious and the environment clean.
  26. WR

    WendyR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Our server Hannah was amazing. She was very attentive. Always had a smile on her face. After reading the reviews, we actually expected more from this restaurant as it pertains to food quality. The pizzas were great but we make the same ones at home, with. The rest was average. Nothing spectacular. Probably will not ever go back. Somewhat disappointing.
  27. DC

    DaveC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and staff. My wife ordered extra cheese, which made the crust a little soggy. They fixed it right away to perfection and provided a discount. Best pizza in Tampa!!!
  28. C

    Chase

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Bavaro's has very good food, the wine chosen by the sommelier is excellent, the service is good. The location has three other pizzarias nearby and Bavaro's is definitely the best. But their pasta is actually better than their pizza. It is real Italian. The texture is perfect al dente, and the sauces are bellissimo. And don't miss their "happy hour" wine specials. Their wine is excellent and half-off during happy hour. At the other end is Tampa pizza. I rate Tampa pizza at the bottom, not just for the area but in the Tampa region. And never ever get their pasta or wine. Their wine is very low end and the serve it in plastic cups. Only choose them for pizza if Bavaro's, or Sam & Eddie's (#2 but Bavaro's is a big step-up) are both closed, you don't have a car to go to Cappy's, NYC NYC, or one of many other much better places, and you must have pizza. Also, pay attention to the bill because Tampa Pizza seems to think that they are in Miami and add a 20% service fee to the bill. Their reasoning, "we get a lot of Europeans who don't know how to tip." Well, the Europeans that I know are smart enough to know that they are in the USA when they travel and know how to tip.
  29. KL

    KateL

    Greensboro

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience2
    We were coming from Sarasota and got caught in traffic. Called the restaurant to let them know we were running 15 mins late. Host who answered the phone was distracted and borderline impolite on the phone (clearly wasn’t listening). Then we arrived, she was outrageously rude, made us wait even though a patron with an open check and credit card finally had to come up to her stand to pay (while she sat there doing nothing -clearly she could have run his credit card to help out the server and get us seated). Once at our table, our server was pleasant and efficient and the food was good, if overpriced for what it was. The hostess’ rude demeanor seriously took away from what could have been an otherwise nice experience.

    Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & PastariaResponded on January 5, 2023We're sorry you had this experience with us. This is not the level of service are known for and it is extremely disappointing to read. This will be addressed with the team, and the individual. Please check your direct messages for follow up from us. Thank you!

  30. PE

    PhillipE

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall, pretty good! They were pretty busy when we were there, so it took some time. We had plenty of time, though, before our show so it was no big deal. We made reservations, which was huge, because we saw several groups get turned away. charcuterie board was a big hit with our group, as were the meatballs. The tri-carne pizza and the penned vodka sauce were not very big hits with us, so we'll try something different next time. The pasta, actually, came out cold, which surprised me, but we didn't hassle over it. Wine was good, company was good, so overall it was good! We'll come back. Enjoy!
  31. SB

    SB007

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Service and Delicious Dinner! Celebrating my daughter's 21st with dinner before a show at the Straz. Bravaro's has always been one of my daughter's favorite restaurants. Dinner was delicious. Sophia C. was a great server and went the extra mile to make the evening special. She offered small samples of the wine to ensure my daughter got the one she would like and made sure we had time to enjoy the birthday Nutella pizza. Look forward to going back again.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Very small and cozy. Would be great for a date or small group. When I went there was a table next to us with more 10 people… and in such a small space it was horrendous to talk with the people I was with. I also felt bad for the staff who had to accommodate such a large party in such small place. Food was great and they have very good white wine.

    Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & PastariaResponded on January 5, 2023Thank you for dining with us! We're happy to welcome groups of any size, and we apologize if our guests were a little loud! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and great service.

    Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & PastariaResponded on January 5, 2023Thank you for dining with us!

  34. LM

    LindseyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Awesome service and food. We're visiting from California and the server, Maria, even wrote a list of places for us to go see while we're here. I highly recommend.

    Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & PastariaResponded on December 30, 2022Thanks for dining with us while you were visiting! We hope you had an enjoyable stay!

  35. VK

    VinnieK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One our favorite places to go downtown, nice place with excellent food.

    Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & PastariaResponded on December 30, 2022We love to hear it! Thanks for the support VinnieK!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    We arrived for our 4:30 reservation. By 5:45 our entrees had not come out yet and we had to leave without them due to having an event to go to at 6pm. The apps were good but no one came to the table to apologize for the delay or give any updates.

    Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & PastariaResponded on December 30, 2022We're sorry to hear you had this experience with us. This is most definitely not the level of service we aim to provide. Please look for a private follow-up note. Thanks!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was delicious and service was great. We had a party of 10 and everyone raved about their meal. Will definitely be back!

    Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & PastariaResponded on December 30, 2022Thanks for choosing Bavaro's for your night out!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sofia was awesome, extremely busy yet so attentive to our group.

    Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & PastariaResponded on December 24, 2022Thank you for recognizing our staff! We will be sure to pass this along. Thanks for dining with us!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service!

    Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & PastariaResponded on December 24, 2022Thank you for dining at Bavaro's!

  40. LP

    LouisP

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Had reservations for four people outside. There were no tables available outside but they had two tables for four with only one person at each table. Why would they do that ?

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria using the Order Online button. Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria also offers 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 903 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 26 times today
Google Map for Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria

514 N. Franklin St., Twiggs St., Tampa, FL 33602

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Twiggs St.

  • Neighborhood

    Tampa

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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. <br />

  • Public transit

    Bus and Trolley available

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Dan Bavaro

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (813) 868-4440 ext. 201

  • 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&#39;s offers the finest authentic Italian cuisine prepared with quality ingredients to assure your guests enjoy a true culinary experience.

  • 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

    Aimee Daley: (908) 812-4206

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