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Alvaro Bread & Pastry Shop

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$$ - $$$
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236 Peffer St, Harrisburg, PA 17102-2112
+1 717-238-1999
10:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 10:00 - 18:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 21:00
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Like another poster, I like this place. I love that they are doing well and definitely think it's an asset to the neighborhood. The owners and their family are as nice as can be. But, as far as the food goes, I'm sorry but it really is just average. Love the pastries and gelato. I will continue to go because... More 

Thank Ktr4371
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love a good neighborhood joint, and people are often raving about this place, but several visits leave me underwhelmed. The dinners are fine, and some were below average. Although the cookies are lovely, and the service is always good. I'd have a hard time recommending this place as highly as most other people on here, but I'm glad they... More 

Thank Jonny L
New Oxford, Pennsylvania
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531 reviews
323 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped for a quick takeout lunch. The dining area is small and crowded, so take out was a good choice (there is a small area of outdoor seating in nice weather as well). Service was friendly and quick. Portions are incredibly large with fresh ingredients - a medium sandwich would easily feed 2 people for lunch. The cannoli was the... More 

Thank Dean_Amy-2004
New Cumberland, Pennsylvania
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178 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Alvaro Bread......IS total perfection when it comes to "true Italian fare!" Once you try Alvaro Bread you'll be hooked for life, it's that off the charts amazing! Everything I've ever ordered from Alvaro has been a perfect 10 from their vodka sauce tortellini, to both their sweet and spicy sausage, to their garlic angel hair pasta to their chocolate stuffed... More 

Thank Donna S
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
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98 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

This family owned and operated Italian Bistro/Bakery is as authentic as it gets. Daily menus, they only do a few things each day, but do them superbly! And the breads and baked goods ... oh my, did I go to heaven? The Cannoli and Pistachio Amaretto Cookies are my favorite, but they are all awesome. Don't come expecting a gourmet... More 

Thank aspeck
Middletown, Pennsylvania
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87 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Find this great place by accident this a little Italian bakery that also serves lunch and some dinners on certain night. The food is type rated and the coffee is tasty. Almost forgot about about the outstanding fresh bake bread.

Thank Procurer
1 review
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Wonderful Family owned restaurant in HBG .. Delicious Bread ( my weakness )!!!! Meatballs were out of this world ...with spices brought back from Italy Italian cookies that were authentic and homemade right at the restaurant !

Thank mollyo l
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

We have been here several times and in the past month done catering take out. the process is easy and food travels well. reasonably priced and you can bring the party home. This gave us the flexibility of enjoying the Alvaro meals on an evening that they were not serving at the bakery. If you dine in reservations are essential!... More 

Thank Eric C
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59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Every day, they make homemade options to go along with a standard array of pizza and subs. The sauce is amazing, everything is fresh and fast. It gets crowded at lunch because it is so small inside. In the warmer weather, you can also sit outside.

Thank Denise V
Hershey, Pennsylvania
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191 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

Why did I wait so long to come here? This place is wonderful. Family run, homemade everything and just delicious. I took my daughter here for lunch this afternoon, after looking of the day's daily special board we both chose the tortellini in cream sauce. She had chicken parm as a side and I chose the stuffed all beef meatball.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 236 Peffer St, Harrisburg, PA 17102-2112
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Harrisburg
  • Phone Number: +1 717-238-1999

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?