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Alvaro Bread & Pastry Shop

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236 Peffer St, Harrisburg, PA 17102-2112
+1 717-238-1999
Mon - Thu 10:00 - 18:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 21:00
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best Italian food in the area! Delicious ingredients. I have tried almost everything on the menu and cannot say one negative thing about any dishes. They are all great! Love that this place is family run and personable. Definitely check out their bakery as well- delicious bread and treats!

Thank Katie W
Camp Hill
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395 reviews
290 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped for lunch today since it is so hard to get a dinner reservation. My friend and I thought it was the very best egg plant dish. The wonderful cook who makes this makes a small pile of this vegetable. It is fantastic. This place evolves nicely.

Thank Courthouse067
Lewistown, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

If you want delicious Italian family food take out or dine in....this is it. Mom & son are exceptional and each day they have multiple specials. All fresh with ho made bread!

Thank Mark M
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267 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

We ate here for dinner for the first time - you have to make reservations, as they set everything up ahead of time. Previously we had eaten here for lunch several times. Both experiences are great - good pastas, pizzas, pastries, and it's BYOB. It's not a large place so it gets full over lunch - fortunately they have outdoor... More 

Thank maxpaste
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

This is a small corner building that has some of the best Italian foods, desserts, and breads. It is like being in Mom's kitchen. Don't forget it is BYOB and has limited hours.

Thank asuperss
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

THE best Italian restaurant in the Harrisburg area. Have been there numerous times and have always had a great meal. It's a BYOB which makes it nice so you can drink what you like with your meal. The various kinds of bread & pastries offered for sale are all very good. Alvaro's is very small so I would suggest reservations... More 

Thank Robert Z
Wesley Chapel, FL
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Awesome staples everyday for lunch, with fresh bread and pasta. Cookies and pastries make a great take home surprise...seek this place out as it is not easily found.

Thank ledabeeda
Branson, Missouri
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

We were in town for business and wanted a local place to eat. We tried Palumbos but were sorely disappointed. (Anyone who puts canned mushrooms on a pizza should not be in business...) Anyway, we tried Alavaros and were SO impressed! The food was amazing and the service was great. We felt right at home in the store. I can... More 

Thank Rebekah D
Camp Hill
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395 reviews
290 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

It has been over a year-not my choice. Slipped in last week for a great dinner. A special was braised chicken legs with mushrooms. Also had egg plant-mama's way. This tiny byo in uptown Harrisburg is a real winner.

Thank Courthouse067
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

Alvaro's is essentially a tiny cafe from the streets of Rome transplanted on Green Street in Uptown Harrisburg. The food is fresh, hot, and made to order. The pasta is homemade and everything about this place is authentic Italian down to the gelato. I recommend ordering from the specials menu (you can pick and choose two of any of the... More 

Thank Janelle H

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