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Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria

#87 of 1,867 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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514 N Franklin St, Ste 101, Tampa, FL 33602-4801 (Twiggs St.)
+1 813-868-4440
11:00 - 15:00
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Mon - Tue 11:00 - 15:00
Wed - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 17:00 - 22:00
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Rochester, New York
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We are from NY so we were pleasantly surprised that we an amazing wood burn fire pizza. margherita pie is our favorite!

Thank JaniseM19
Tampa, Florida
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Small and casual, delicious pizza and wonderful Bolognese sauce. Sit at the little bar if seats avaialble (although don't expect interaction with pizza chef, as no personality - too bad, as that would enhance the experience).

Thank mksnapa
Orlando, Fl
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77 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This restaurant is conveniently located in Downtown Tampa and has a charming atmosphere. It's a very small restaurant with exposed brick and excellent pasta. Our meal was delicious, but the prices were a bit expensive for my taste. That being said, it's not a super expensive restaurant by any means and I don't mind paying for quality.

Thank hahabye
Clermont, Florida
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181 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Located close to Straz (less than 10 min walk) was convenient for lunch before a matinee performance. Great lunch special 2 slices and a small drink. Slices were large and we probably could have shared one special.

Thank believeangls
Tampa, Florida
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105 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We found this "gem" while trying to make dinner reservations before our show time at the Straz. A short walk to the Straz and the Riverwalk. Small dining area but the decor and ambiance brings the feel of Italy. Simple, yet descriptive menu. From fresh baked garlic bread to fresh salads to flavorful flatbread pizzas to homemade (daily) canollis and... More 

Thank heelz
South Elgin, Illinois
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55 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in Tampa on the day of the Gasparilla Fest and we were looking for a quite place to escape the crowds. This was the perfect get-away. The ambiance is very welcoming and the waitstaff was very friendly, inviting, and helpful. The food was very good and portion sizes were just right.

Thank Jon M
Tavernier, Florida
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

We were in town for the FMEA Conference and someone in our group was craving Italian; not a tough sell in our group. Did a TA search and Bavaro's was less than a mile from where we were. We enjoyed the walk over. We get there only to find that they've been bought out for the evening by a private... More 

Thank Togo1996
Silver Spring, Maryland
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

There are so many nice Italian restaurants in Tampa, it would be wise to skip this one. The food was almost inedible, nor was it very inexpensive. The service was fine, but the ambiance was awful. The noise level made it impossible to have a conversation across your table. The pasta was not cooked on the lighter side...it was hardly... More 

Thank Linda L
Pensacola, Florida
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Went twice. First time, I had the pizza funghi, and the flavor was great...the mushrooms were cooked perfectly and the generous use of fresh basil just made it pop. Caution: they cook their pies Napoletane style, which means the center is still a bit soft. This may be off-putting to some, but it's authentic. Second time: ravioli emiliana with bolognese... More 

Thank Doug H
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

The wife and I stopped for pizza and it turned out to be a great idea!! The pizza we had was great then we had the Nutella pizza for dessert, OMG great stuff! We sat at the bar so we could see the pizzas being made. 90 seconds in the oven and done so cool!!!!

Thank Duane P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$30
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 514 N Franklin St, Ste 101, Tampa, FL 33602-4801
    (Twiggs St.)
  • Public Transportation: Bus and Trolley available
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-868-4440
The founder and Pizzaiolo, Dan Bavaro spent three years researching, training and traveling throughout the US and Italy to gather his vision and craft of pizza Napoletana. "Our pizza is thin and soft with a slight crisp to the crust while topped with the finest ingredients imported from Italy or locally grown and organic. Our food is an art form, which is prepared with passion as I was taught by fifth generation, Neapolitan families. One teaching the oven and the other pizza Napoletana." In addition to our Neapolitan pizza we have a variety of home-made pastas, soups and desserts which are made fresh on location and from scratch. Our ingredients are either imported from Italy or locally grown and organic.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?