Most food lover’s in the Tampa Bay region have experienced the glory of a meal at Bavaro’s. This Tampa gem opened in March of 2009. At the time, it was one of the city’s first traditional Neapolitan Pizzeria. Just over 10 years later Dan Bavaro opened his newest concept Oronzo. Bavaro has now expanded and officially opened Oronzo’s second location inside Midtown Tampa.
Since its inception at 18027 Highwoods Preserve Pkwy, the fast casual pastaria has earned rave reviews from local diners.
Oronzo, which officially opened on June 17, is like the Chipotle of Italian food. The menu offers scratch recipes in a fast casual environment supported by state of the art technology. The team behind the restaurant brings with it 50+ years in the industry. The restaurant gets its name from Dan Bavaro’s grandfather.
Savor tasty cannoli chips at Oronzo
When you visit, make sure your try the cannoli chips, the chicken parm. Italian burrito, caprese bowl, funghi and prosciutto pizzas are must try items when you visit.
Here’s a bit of background the business from the owners:
Oronzo and Angela Bavaro immigrated from Italy in 1939 to Brooklyn, NY with little more than a dream and a handful of family recipes. Oronzo owned and operated a trucking company, delivering fresh ingredients to local markets and restaurants. Dan Bavaro, Co-Founder and Oronzo’s grandson, carries on the family’s legacy with passion and a commitment to change the way we enjoy Italian food. At Oronzo, we practice a blend of food tradition mixed with contemporary surroundings. Simple, casual, and fresh. The way Oronzo would have it. What we call “Honest Italian.”
If you have traveled to Italy, you know that while the sports cars and fashion may be flashy, the food is not. It’s all about simplicity and allowing the fresh flavors of carefully selected ingredients to shine. At Oronzo, there are no checkered tablecloths or wine bottle candle clichés. Just honest passion. Sundays in Italy are family day. Backyard tables crowded with loud, chaotic conversations. Don’t mind the shouting – no one is angry, it’s just how we are with one another: full of life with an occasional good-natured jab at someone we love a lot. And the food – well, breaking bread is what brings us together.
Joining the massive Midtown development
Midtown Tampa is located on 22 acres at 3725 W Grace Street.