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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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Hours:
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 11
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  • 3
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  • 2
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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
Hidden gem in Harrisburg

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Sharon-Jean
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Harrisburg, PA
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Harrisburg, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

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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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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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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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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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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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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Hixson, Tennessee, United States
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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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

My boyfriend and I stopped here on our way through Harrisburg for a quick bite to eat on a Saturday. They didn't have the largest selection of food to choose from, but we didn't really mind. Aside from that, I got an eggplant parm sandwich and my boyfriend got a chicken parm sandwich. Both very delicious! He said he liked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Stumbled across this gem while we were searching for coffee. Exceptional cappuccino and cookies, phenomenal sausage and sweet peppers. This place is my new Saturday afternoon favorite!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

I just stopped by to pick up some cookies. Got an assortment and all were very good to excellent. But last winter, we made reservations for dinner here. It was very cold that night and they just have one door with no vestibule to keep the cold out. Still it was packed - every seat was taken. Will come back... More 

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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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