Tampa based Bavaro’s Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria has opened its first location in Orlando in Winter Springs this week. It will be open this week for dinner from 5pm-10pm starting this Monday, and starting next week, will be open for lunch as well from 11am-10pm.
The Napoletana style pizza is thin & soft with a slight crisp to the crust; with a nice smokey char to the pizza crust from the wood burning ovens and topped with ingredients imported from Italy or locally grown and organic. Dan Bavaro, the founder was taught by 3rd generation, Neapolitan families.
The restaurant bases their entire menu around a stunning Italian imported wood-fired brick oven, hand crafted by the Ferrara’s; a 3rd generation Neapolitan family. The restaurant also makes its own pastas and sauces, which are sold in stores such as Whole Foods, Winn-Dixie and Costco.
Chirag Kabrawala and his parttners have full-time day jobs (He’s an attorney and his 3 other partners include a cardiologist, hotel developer, and luxury tour operator), and despite their rigorous schedules, they made time each Thursday evening to meet at a local restaurant for pizza typically (pizza was the “lowest common denominator” because two of his partners are vegetarian and they could all agree on pizza).
Chirag told us, “While exploring for new styles of pizza, I introduced them to pizza cooked in the Neapolitan style; we took trips to Miami, Atlanta, NYC, and even Tampa, where we were fortunate enough to connect (and in my case, reconnect) with Dan Bavaro, who is making Neapolitan pizza that is arguably among the best being served in the United States. Although Dan was very much reluctant to expand his restaurants, we finally (after nearly a year) agreed to become “partners” with him (and not franchisees), ceding most control of the menu and operations of our restaurant, while us 4-partners preserve, enhance and maintain his vision by working in the restaurant nearly every day. ”
“We are cooking pizza in the Neapolitan style, and we’re very much proud to be offering truly homemade pasta and desserts, all prepared before you in our 100% open kitchen, where nearly every seat in the restaurant has a view of all kitchen operations.”
1468 Tuskawilla Road
Winter Springs, Florida
Their dinner menu: http://bavarospizza.com/images/dinner.pdf#zoom=100%
A Sneak Peek Inside Bavaro’s
Lunch Service has begun!