Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Bavaro's Restaurant: Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria

Bravo Bavaros. Indeed. You welcomed local influencers, food critics and friends to get a taste of not only your authentic Italian fare, but of your inviting space, your history and your hospitality.

Thank you for joining me today my sweet readers on a quick review of this fabulous restuaurant!

When the anticipated evening arrived, a couple of friends helped me prepare! While one deftly curled my hair, the other applied make up. There was little time to spare, so I threw on my jumpsuit and flew out the door. Like Cinderella (minus all the glam), I was gracefully running through the parking lot to make it on time.

With moments to spare, I joined the group entering the building, but not before taking in the outside deck. A gorgeous stone fireplace and vintage art work complimented the historically restored building. As I walked inside I repeated my observations by quickly scanning the bottom floor. A chalkboard stated "Welcome Influencers" and a charming staircase with a gorgeous chandelier beckoned us to our seats for the evening.

We were ready, anticipation already served...

I sat down beside a few new faces, as well as one familiar face, and began the imperfect art of small talk. However, it wasn't long before the owner kicked off the evening.  Dan Bavaro, shared how a dream that began in his grandmother's kitchen continues to live on in each dish they would serve! Then came the food!

Like Belle in Beauty in the Beast (living in Florida is getting to me), I was enraptured as each dish seem to appear at our tables. The napkins weren't dancing and the dishes weren't singing, but they might as well have been. I won't weigh you down with every detail of the evening but I'm thrilled to share that there wasn't a dish I didn't enjoy.

Here's a snapshot of pictures to tempt you.

My local friends and those planning to visit this lovely town, you won't regret a night out at Bavaro's. Also, there's a location in downtown Tampa, St. Petersburg, and the Tampa International Airport!

Avocado Bruschetta, Antipasto Italiano, Verde Salad

I could have eaten the whole tray of these!

The amazingness you see pictured below is all imported from Italy. The queen of charcuterie boards here!

Sweet Kim from Eclipse Agency, she's amazing!

Pizzas: Margherita, Burratta, Tre-Carne

Pizzas are baked in hand-crafted, wood-fired brick ovens with top-of-the-line ingredients! For me that translates to a light, crispy crust and a delicious sauce.

Ariana Peralta, Influencer, Salt.Link Co organizer and that Familiar Face

Pasta & Entree  
Penne Alla Vodka, Tagliatelle Bolognese, Bistecca

The sauce on this penne was creamy, delicious and flavorful enough to haunt me in my dreams. I'm coming back for you Penne Alla Vodka!

Penne Alla Vodka

Tagliatelle Bolognese
This pasta is made in house.


My prince is going to LOVE this dish of charbroiled New York Strip with roasted potatoes. However, I'm sure I'll delight in eating the arugula and cherry tomatoes while stealing a slice of steak when he is unaware.
There will be dessert as well??
Suzy.Goes - a new and sweet face
Tiramisu, Cannoli, Nutella Pizza 
The tiramisu is as it should be...true marscapone cheese, rich espresso and light cake. I'm a tiramisu fan and need another bite of this.


Nutella Pizza
Creative, Sweet & Kid-Of-All-Ages approved...
And as if our contented belly's, upturned lips and happy hearts weren't enough we were sent home with a jar of their specialty sauce and gift cards to return. Next time I'll bring my prince. Thank you Bavaro's and welcome to Sarasota.
Good night! We all head back down the stairs and linger for just awhile...

Francis and Ashley: Bourbon And Wine
This Bavaro's is located on Fletcher Ave in Sarasota, Florida


  1. What a great evening! You go to so many fun blogger events! The food looks delicious and I love the decor of the restaurant!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

    1. Thank you Jill. You're such a great supporter, making someone feel pretty special. I hope you guys have so much fun on your trip!

  2. This looks divine, Chrissy! Sarasota has a *lot* more upscale options than Tampa--boo!

    1. Ok. Maybe this is where we need to eat next time!!!!!

  3. Such a fun night out, Chrissy! I loved all your "princess" references and the food just looks AH-MAZ-ing! So yummy!!

    1. Thank you Laura. I can always count on you to appreciate my humor. Hope you're feeling well and having a great week!

  4. Chrissy, you are such a talented writer! You really captivate with your words. I want to come to Sarasota and visit Bavaro's - everything looks absolutely delicious! I'm so glad you went and had a good time!

    1. Kellyann, you're so sweet! I feel very writing challenged and appreciate your affirmation. Can't wait to have you here in Sarasota!

  5. Chrissy, this is such a great post and not only does the atmosphere look so incredibly awesome but the food looks super yummy as well!

    1. Thank you my friend! I look forward to returning with Glen so he can get a taste as well!

  6. Looks lovely! Can’t wait to visit. The food looked scrumptious and I’m sure everyone enjoyed, along with yummy deserts and good company among the influencers. 😍.

  7. OMG...I want to come out immediately!!

    1. Come on down Jodie. You and your stylish hubby. ;)

  8. This looks like such a fun event! And the food looks absolutely delicious! I wanted to eat it all!!

    1. I think that was my favorite part of the evening. There was no indecisive issues going on because I could try it all!! :)

  9. Gosh, it all looks amazing! You can never go wrong with Pizza and pasta!

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