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Alvaro Bread & Pastry Shop

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236 Peffer St, Harrisburg, PA 17102-2112
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a small corner building that has some of the best Italian foods, desserts, and breads. It is like being in Mom's kitchen. Don't forget it is BYOB and has limited hours.

Thank asuperss
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

THE best Italian restaurant in the Harrisburg area. Have been there numerous times and have always had a great meal. It's a BYOB which makes it nice so you can drink what you like with your meal. The various kinds of bread & pastries offered for sale are all very good. Alvaro's is very small so I would suggest reservations... More 

Thank Robert Z
Wesley Chapel, FL
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome staples everyday for lunch, with fresh bread and pasta. Cookies and pastries make a great take home surprise...seek this place out as it is not easily found.

Thank ledabeeda
Branson, Missouri
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

We were in town for business and wanted a local place to eat. We tried Palumbos but were sorely disappointed. (Anyone who puts canned mushrooms on a pizza should not be in business...) Anyway, we tried Alavaros and were SO impressed! The food was amazing and the service was great. We felt right at home in the store. I can... More 

Thank Rebekah D
Camp Hill
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349 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

It has been over a year-not my choice. Slipped in last week for a great dinner. A special was braised chicken legs with mushrooms. Also had egg plant-mama's way. This tiny byo in uptown Harrisburg is a real winner.

Thank Courthouse067
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

Alvaro's is essentially a tiny cafe from the streets of Rome transplanted on Green Street in Uptown Harrisburg. The food is fresh, hot, and made to order. The pasta is homemade and everything about this place is authentic Italian down to the gelato. I recommend ordering from the specials menu (you can pick and choose two of any of the... More 

Thank Janelle H
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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69 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

This place can compete with places in Little Italy! We went for lunch and I had the raviolis with meatballs and my boyfriend had penne. Both were excellent. You can tell that everything (pasta, meatballs, bread, etc.) is freshly made. I didn't have room for dessert but we got some cannolis to go. The clerk said they were made within... More 

Thank CityGirl53156
Harrisburg, PA
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

You should try this little gem of a place. Seating is very limited, so be sure to make a reservation early in the week if you want to go on a Friday or Saturday night. The food is all terrific and reasonably priced. It's a BYOB place, so remember your wine! Save room for dessert too, lots of goodies to... More 

Thank JLS1024
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

I highly recommend this place! They don't always have the pistachio cookies, but if they have them when you visit, buy some! You will not regret it. The owners are committed to providing a quality product prepared with a true love of great ingredients and tested traditions. They also return regularly to Italy and continue to try new dishes.

Thank NYC_Lover_3621
Harrisburg, United States
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34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016 via mobile

Everything is made fresh, so if you don't get there early for the lunch rush, they might run out of their daily specials. Menu changes daily. Dishes are very generous in portion size, flavors are great. Pizza slices are big enough for two people (unless you're really hungry). It's in the middle of a residential area so unless you know... More 

Thank Brendan M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 236 Peffer St, Harrisburg, PA 17102-2112
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Harrisburg
  • Phone Number: 717-238-1999

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?