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Buona Ristorante

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Single-use or sanitized menus
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Updated 06/30/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Travelers' Choice Best of the Best


Italian, Pizza, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
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Reviewed today via mobile

My wife and I came down to St Pete on a business trip. The first night we decided to try Buona Ristorante since it was convenient to the hotel. We hit a home run, the food and appetizers were great. The Romano Crusted Chicken over...Risotto was absolutely amazing. The Pinot Noir and Calamari were great also. Give it a shot, guarantee not to leave disappointedMore

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had a great meal with outstanding service!! Will definitely return! Unique menu items make it worthwhile!

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 2 days ago

Seating inside and out....great food, large portions, friendly staff especially server Lindsay. The owner was very personable!

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 5 days ago

I ordered online through the restaurants web site. When I got there they couldn’t find my order. The order and payment went through a third party Menufy. The man at the front counter told me they turned off the online service due to a lack...of employees in the kitchen and the fact they couldn’t keep up. He asked what I had ordered and said they would get right on it and mark the receipt paid and they would get their money from Menufy. At this point they did find the order and it wasn’t ready yet. The food was fantastic and the customer service was excellent. They were going to take care of me no matter what. Next time I visit the area I will definitely go back there. Way to go. By the way we had the Alfredo and the Bolognese along with desert.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Marco A, Owner at Buona Ristorante, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you very much for your business, your understanding and your review Mike. It has been a struggle for every type of industry. Even though we have been giving 100% effort, sometimes it is not enough when all the business are short of employees for...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

Fast, inexpensive, and delicious!!! The waitress Trish was fun to chill with while I waited for my food. Or course with my beer!!! Lol

Date of visit: May 2021
Marco A, Owner at Buona Ristorante, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you Traveler224103. We appreciate your business and your nice note. Marco & Diana Owners

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Overall good food. They were packed when we stopped and some of the staff appeared to be getting annoyed by the volume of people that kept coming in the doors. Honestly I probably would’ve been too with the amount of people who kept asking why...they couldn’t sit at a certain table or why the wait was so long. However; our waitress was phenomenal, and the special with pancetta in a white cream sauce was amazing! Pizza was good. Allow extra time for food as it is all prepared fresh, and cooked fresh. Overall, good food and we will go back.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Marco A, Owner at Buona Ristorante, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your visit, your kind words and for your understanding KamaStauf. We greatly appreciate our loyal patrons and these hard working, professional team members in both the Back and in the Front of the House. Marco & Diana Owners

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a jewel in St Pete Beach! This is why we eat local when we travel. Freshest bruschetta imaginable and clearly homemade, followed by an amazing pizza from the wood fired oven. THIS is what pizza should taste like! We went on Sunday night about...7:30. It was Mother's Day as well. Seating is limited in their small location but the wait was only about 20 minutes. I think they could fill a place twice as large. The staff was super busy, but still friendly. Both the hostess and waitress let us know everything is made fresh so expect a wait after ordering. Trust me, it's worth it! Lindsay took great care of us and was very attentive though clearly she was running her legs off. The atmosphere is casual and fun but tables are intimate enough for conversation. We will definitely be back to Buona - maybe even again during this trip! I want to try the tiramisu 😊More

Date of visit: May 2021
Marco A, Owner at Buona Ristorante, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Traveler732282, we want to thank you for your support, your patronage and your wonderful review. It gives us a great satisfaction when we hear of how much our patrons enjoy their visit to our establishment and that our team’s efforts make a difference. We hope...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

So glad this restaurant survived the pandemic and remained the #1 place in st pete beach. The food is so very very good. Sue, our server was nice and friendly and helpful. Meatball sliders are excellent and lasagna was so good and a huge portion....Seating was socially distanced inside and out. Servers and other workers wore masks. Other servers seemed nice too. Overheard another server getting the third degree about the dishes and she was nice and just kept answering this lady's questions. Overheard another conversation of two other customers and the one said was it as good as Olive Garden and they other said no. Now, I can't say what the dish was because I didn't hear that part however, you can't compare Buona to Olive Garden. Hands down Buona wins in my opinion. It's fresh food made to order and it's not seasoned too much or too little. It's people feeding other people with fresh ingredients in dishes they created and the ambience is so nice. They have pizzas, pastas, chicken and seafood. Tucked away in the strip mall with Publix so you have to look for it but I guess many people have found it because it's #1 now just like 2 years ago when I tried it the first time . I hope they continue to strive so I can visit again and againMore

Date of visit: May 2021
Marco A, Owner at Buona Ristorante, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your visit and for being so supportive cab101. It is wonderful to read a fair assessment of our restaurant and our efforts. We are greatful that the great majority of our clientele can recognize the quality of the ingredients we use, the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I always use TripAdvisor when traveling to find the best food and I’m never disappointed! Buona was by far my favorite meal in my 7-day stay in the area. I had rigatoni with vodka sauce and have to say it was the BEST vodka sauce...I’ve ever had in my life. My husband had the meat lovers pizza and he said it was the best pizza he’s ever had. The crust and the sauce were scrumptious! Our in-laws enjoyed every bite of their meal too. Everything was so fresh, from the bread they service with delicious dipping oil, to the salads to our meals. Authentic Italian!!! Our server was very friendly and efficient with our orders as well! Great food, great service! We will visit again when we are in the area! Thank you to the owners for a wonderful meal!!!!More

Date of visit: May 2021
Marco A, Owner at Buona Ristorante, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your business and your great review. We are so glad that everyone in the family enjoyed your meals and the service. Marco & Diana Owners

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed it so much we returned 2 nights later. Garlic knots an pizza are great, however, the homemade hot Italian is scrumptious outdone only by the other house bread that has cheese and sweet extremely mild onions. Servers were efficient and personable both nights. They...strive to make your meal exceptional. Don't miss it.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Marco A, Owner at Buona Ristorante, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for already being a repeat patron and for your great endorsement I9383OJjol. Marco & Diana Owners

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March 28, 2021|
Response from shayter9117 | Reviewed this property |
We did not. I would recommend calling to ask.
May 31, 2018|
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Response from NJ_TraveL_Chick82 | Reviewed this property |
vegetarian, yes....vegan, not unless you are getting just garlic knots...or a salad and pizza without cheese.
June 21, 2015|
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Response from irina g | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so. But I may be wrong -- calling them directly sounds like a good idea.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Buona Ristorante

Yes, Buona Ristorante offers takeout services.

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Yes, Buona Ristorante is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Buona Ristorante is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4