Last night our friend Josh was in town, so Lance and I met him for dinner at Bavaro’s in downtown Tampa. I helped design Josh’s condo in Longboat Key when I was working for BoConcept, but since then he’s moved to Dallas.
I’d never been to Bavaro’s before that – but it seemed to be a popular restaurant. It was pretty crowded when we got there since a whole crowd of teenagers were dining there before prom. The dining room is pretty small, but the atmosphere is nice – they have exposed brick walls and a large wood-fired oven. The food is authentic Italian – and the ingredients are either imported from Italy or locally grown and organic.
Lance and I split a salad and a pizza. The Mediterranean salad had baby spinach, pine nuts, red onion, grape tomatoes, feta, and fig vinaigrette – it was very fresh. Our pizza was the Carne – with San Marzano tomatoes, fior de latte (mozzarella), soppressata, Italian olives, and extra-virgin olive oil.
I personally prefer crispier crusts – theirs was a soft-crust style pizza that they recommended you eat with a fork and knife. But the ingredients again were very flavorful. Josh had the Diavola pizza – which was similar to ours, but with peppers and homemade spicy sausage. I think next time we’ll order that one.
Bavaro’s is located at 514 N Franklin St #101, Tampa, FL 33602. They are open 11am – 3pm and 5 – 10pm Monday – Friday, and 5pm – 10pm on Saturday & Sunday.