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Alvaro Bread & Pastry Shop

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236 Peffer St, Harrisburg, PA 17102-2112
717-238-1999
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating

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  • 44
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious cookies - should have got more!

I stopped in to pick up a few cookies to go. The baklava was awesome, as were the wedding cookies, rainbow cookies, and coconut ones. There were so many to choose from and next time I am going to get several more to try. These are great italian cookies. The biscotti looked great and I am... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 12, 2015
Steph0722
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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320 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

I stopped in to pick up a few cookies to go. The baklava was awesome, as were the wedding cookies, rainbow cookies, and coconut ones. There were so many to choose from and next time I am going to get several more to try. These are great italian cookies. The biscotti looked great and I am looking forward to trying... More 

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Thank Steph0722
PA
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106 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

I love Italian food and this place is the best I have ever had. My wife and I go here at least 6 times a year. We absolutely love it. The food is to die for. Their baked goods are also exceptional. Excellent cookies and other pastries. Dinner only on the weekends so be sure to reserve in advance.

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Thank armpitt212
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

High quality bread. Great traditional Italian casual food and very good traditional Italian cookies.

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Thank rummie
Harrisburg, PA
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Amazing restaurant. Very small, so make a reservation. Everything is homemade and it's very wallet friendly. Plus, it's BYOB. What more could you ask for?? Didn't have an issue finding parking in the neighborhood either.

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Thank Sharon-Jean
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This is ... so much more than just a bakery...authentic home made Italian specialties .Obviously their Breads and Italian cookies are wonderful,but they also sell Italian meats and cheeses...sandwiches to full course meals, even gelato. A family run enterprise that prides itself on a top quality product.The downside is its popularity. This is a small shop on a side street... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Very small. Very cozy. Like being in a small Italian cafe. There must be an Italian grandmother in the kitchen.

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Thank 17055F
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We've been here a few times-mostly for takeout but occasionally for dinner. Very small, no parking to speak of-all on street. Specials change daily-all Italian. Breads are a highlight-spice level on food is just about right. Very low-key and casual-BYO keeps the price down..extremely reasonable and mama is a great cook!

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Thank Jay S
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

My only wish is that they had a bigger dining area so more people could enjoy their heavenly foods. The space is so small that people have very little room. And their cookies are fantastic for Christmas. Gave a tray to my Italian (born in Italy Italian) neighbors and they loved them.

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Thank Psupachic
Hixson, Tennessee, United States
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158 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I go chicken Parmesan and green beans. I couldn't eat the green beans because they were so spicy. The chicken was overlooked and hard to cut with my plastic knife and fork. I had to carry my own food to my table. Not a place for me!

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Thank Karen G
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 via mobile

Stopped by Saturday at 7 pm, for a gelato to go. Was screamed at by an employee for not understanding Their hours of operation? I guess you needs reservation to get a gelato to go? Web site said open till 9? Will never be back !

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Thank David Z

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 236 Peffer St, Harrisburg, PA 17102-2112
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Harrisburg
  • Phone Number: 717-238-1999

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?