The Italian Burrito, Our Bread is Made From Scratch Daily
Homemade Spaghetti, Grilled Chicken, Fresh Mozzarella, Parmesan, with choice of sauce Antico Pomodoro, Crema or Butter & EVOO
Chopped Romaine, Roasted Peppers, Roasted Corn, Garbanzo Beans, Cucumber, Heirloom Tomato, Feta, Citrus Vinaigrette
Chopped Romaine, House-Made Croutons, Parmesan, Grilled Chicken, House-Made Caesar Dressing
Farro, Grilled Chicken, Heirloom Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, Housemade Pesto, Balsamic Glaze
Our Dough is Made Fresh Daily & Our Crust is Super Thin & Crispy!
San Marzano, Fresh Mozzarella, Pepperoni
Burrata, Heirloom Tomato, Arugula, Parmesan, Sea Salt, EVOO
San Marzano, Spicy Italian Sausage, Prosciutto Cotto, Spicy Soppressata,
Fresh Mozzarella, Chili-Infused EVOO
San Marzano, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil, Roasted Mushrooms, Garlic, EVOO
San Marzano, Fresh Mozzarella, Sea Salt, EVOO
From Scratch Pasta & Sauces, Made Daily
Substitute Sauces & Proteins Upon Order!
Homemade Spaghetti, Grilled Chicken, Homemade Pesto
Homemade Spaghetti or Zucchini Noodles, Mushroom, Bell Peppers, Heirloom Tomato with choice of sauce Antico Pomodoro, Spicy Arrabbiata, Crema, Pesto or Butter & EVOO
Homemade Spaghetti, Spicy Sausage Italian Sausage, Grated Parmesan with choice of sauce Antico Pomodoro, Spicy Arrabbiata, Crema, Pesto or Butter & EVOO
Zucchini Noodles, Spicy Italian Sausage or Chicken, Antico Pomodoro
Ancient Farro Grain Bowls, High In Protein & Vitamins
Forza!, Italian For “With Force”
Zucchini, Spinach, Garbanzo, Cucumber, Red Onion, Roasted Corn, Heirloom Tomato, Fig Vinaigrette Drizzle
Farro, Brown Rice, Crispy Baked Chicken, Heirloom Tomato, Fresh Mozz, Pesto & Balsamic Drizzle
Farro, Brown Rice, Mushroom, Heirloom Tomato, Feta, Spicy Soppressata, Grilled Chicken, Pesto Drizzle
Kids Meals Curated By The 5 Bavaro Children
Antonio, Lola, Niko, Gianni & Santino!
Toasted Piadina with Fresh Mozzarella and Grilled Chicken
San Marzano & Fresh Mozz, Piatto
House-Made Spaghetti, Meatball, Fresh Mozzarella with Pomodoro (Piadina “Italian Burrito”)
Homemade spaghetti, grilled chicken, crema (white sauce)
Homemade Spaghetti, One Meatball with choice of sauce: Antico Pomodoro, Spicy Arrabbiata, Crema, Pesto, Butter & EVOO
Italian Classics & Traditional Beverages!
Oronziata – Our signature blood orange beverage, made daily, from scratch
Coke, Diet Coke, Freshly-Brewed UnSweet Iced Tea, Lemonade, Root Beer, Imported Sparkling Water, Over 200 Fountain Beverages
Peroni on Tap
Bianco – Pinot Grigio
Rosso – Montepulciano
Espresso (Dark Roast)
Oronzo Bavaro, 1950
Some say food is art. Others say it’s life. This is our story.
At Oronzo, it’s both. You could say it’s our religion. 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.
Italy is surrounded by water, much like Florida is. On the west side, there is the Mediterranean sea. On the east side, the Adriatic Sea. Most people think of Rome, Naples, Florence, or Venice when they think of Italy. But there is a lot more to Italy than just these places. To the north, there is Cortina with the jagged snowcapped mountains of the Dolomites located in the Alps near the border of Switzerland. Then there is the crystal clear waters of Lake Como fed by the surrounding mountains. And the cliffside of the Amalfi coast on the Mediterranean Sea. About halfway up the eastern coast of Italy, on the Adriatic Sea, is an area called the Emilia-Romagna region. Lying within is Rimini, birthplace of the famous Piadina bread which dates back to the 1800s.
Rimini and the Piadina bread fueled the inspiration of our menu and passion at Oronzo.
Welcome to the family. Let’s eat!
The Bavaro Family
Dan Bavaro and the Bavaro family founded Bavaro’s in March of 2009. In 2008, at the age of 30, Dan Bavaro sold his first business – a successful transportation company in New Jersey – that he founded at the age of 19. He said goodbye to this business to pursue his new dream of owning an Italian restaurant after studying the craft of Neapolitan pizza under third generation Neapolitan chefs. Along with his wife, Anna-Maria, and their five children – Antonio, Lola, Niko, Gianni, and Santino – he moved to Florida and opened their flagship restaurant on the corner of Franklin and Twiggs in Downtown Tampa. The restaurant was developed under the concept of blending the Italian authenticity of Neapolitan pizza with an upscale atmosphere in the Tampa Bay area. The quaint restaurant has 50 seats and is accented by Italian porcelain, wood floors, and bricks salvaged from a demolished 100-year-old factory in Chicago.
The Bavaro’s menu is centered around a stunning, imported wood-fired brick oven, handcrafted in a process over 30 days by a third-generation Neapolitan craftsman in Naples, Italy named Stefano Ferrara. From every table, patrons can see and hear the crackling of the logs while flames flicker with blazing heat encompassing every handcrafted pizza. Our oven maintains temperatures in excess of 900° F. From Neapolitan pizza, to homemade pastas, antipasti, and classic homemade desserts, guests will truly love the authentic culinary experience.
Local guests constantly requested Bavaro’s gourmet sauces to be bottled and sold for home use. During 2010, after a canceled catering event, the restaurant was left with 20 gallons of pasta sauce. Anna-Maria suggested the sauce be bottled. Dan conjured memories of jarring sauce in his grandmother’s kitchen, and they began to bottle their first batch. Bavaro’s line of gourmet Italian products expanded into thousands of retailers throughout the country, including Whole Foods, Fresh Market, and Costco.
Fast forward to today, Bavaro’s operates four locations which are in downtown Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and Tampa International Airport. Bavaro’s gourmet sauces remain on the shelves at some of the most reputable retailers throughout the state of Florida.
In 2012, after being introduced by a mutual friend who frequented Bavaro’s, Dan Bavaro and Bob Johnston, Owner & CEO of The Melting Pot Restaurants formed a friendship and shared a vision to bring a fast-casual Italian concept to the market. It wasn’t until 2018 that the two entrepreneurs created a joint venture partnership, combining their strengths for what would become Oronzo.
Oronzo was named after Bavaro’s grandfather who migrated to the United States with his wife Angela. Bavaro was to create the vision for the brand, its DNA, and the culinary experience. Johnston was to provide a strong foundation for growth given his company’s 45-year history in franchising by streamlining Bavaro’s vision, then packaging it into an experience for guests that also allows for scalability. A piece of the puzzle was missing; therefore, Bob and Dan approached world-renowned design firm Scott Squared to join the company as co-founders to deliver their expertise in design and branding. In 2018, the joint partnership was established, and the partners searched for their first location, opening in the Spring of 2020.
Every business starts with one location to be perfected. What we’ve created is the foundation of a successful brand that is preparing to scale. The vision, “to change the way people experience Italian food.”
Join our Family
We’re building a family to wear our uniforms with pride.
To join our family, here’s what qualities we’re looking for!
Making those around you feel better
Always wanting to do better and achieve more
Likeable, Polite & Respectful
Drawing people towards you and making them smile
Others know they can count on your word
Curious & Clever
Always wondering “how that works” and “how can it work better”
Interested & Engaged
Taking on everything
Giving credit away and accepting a compliment graciously
Caring & Giving
Thinking of others and when someone needs help, helping them
Taking Pride in Yourself
Caring how others see you