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“First of May, sidewalk tables, blooming trees, and great food” 5 of 5 stars
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Alvaro Bread & Pastry Shop
236 Peffer St, Harrisburg, PA 17102-2112
717-238-1999
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Ranked #16 of 456 restaurants in Harrisburg
Dining options: Reservations
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Camp Hill
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142 restaurant reviews
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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
“First of May, sidewalk tables, blooming trees, and great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

After stopping for bread and pastry several times I finally had lunch at Alvaro. If you can move by the wonderful cases of pastries, you will see a number of selections for lunch. I had some pasta with alfredo sauce and a meat ball. Both were delicious. This little out of the way place was busy the whole time I was there. It is situated in a wonderful old restored neighbohood in Harrisburg near the Governor's mansion.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Liverpool, Pennsylvania
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314 reviews 314 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 93 cities Reviews in 93 cities
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
“Love this place for fresh pasta”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

I love this place for a stop on the way home for a great dinner. The bread selection is also great! You can eat in or take out, the pasta specials are always outstanding and the deserts well I try and leave them there but it is hard to walk away.

Visited March 2013
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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Homestyle Italian Goodness”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

My wife and I enjoyed a great Saturday evening meal at Alvaro's. The seating is a bit cramped but the food was excellent. The menu choices are a bit limited but the quality of the food and the prices can't be beat. We had more than one item that both of us wanted to try and were able to share our dinners to get a great selection. We are already talking about what to try the next time we go. We will definitely go back again.

The only concern is that you have to put in a reservation early for a Saturday night. You can't wait to the last minute to decide to go. We really want to try some of the other pastries and goodies for dessert next time.

It was also great to be able to BYOB....nice cost savings and really lots of fun to eat here.

Definitely try it!!!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Carlisle
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great food, entertaining service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

This is a tiny little restaurant - you literally feel like you're just part of the family. This is family owned and family run. The "kids" serve and it's clear they don't have a lot of background in serving tables, but they have a good sense of humor and seem to want you to have a good experience. The food is fantastic and if you can manage the lackadaisical service you'll be fine. Just go with the flow and imagine you're in the living room of an Italian American family where the point is the food and not the service. Very reasonably priced, BYOB.

Visited November 2012
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“Great small Italian spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012 via mobile

Great small Italian BYOB. The one guy waiter was absolutely top notch. The food is some of the closest to authentic Italian that I've had in the area. The atmosphere is great outside but just average inside.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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