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Alvaro Bread & Pastry Shop

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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236 Peffer St, Harrisburg, PA 17102-2112
+1 717-238-1999
10:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Thu 10:00 - 18:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 21:00
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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been here several times and in the past month done catering take out. the process is easy and food travels well. reasonably priced and you can bring the party home. This gave us the flexibility of enjoying the Alvaro meals on an evening that they were not serving at the bakery. If you dine in reservations are essential!... More 

Thank Eric C
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every day, they make homemade options to go along with a standard array of pizza and subs. The sauce is amazing, everything is fresh and fast. It gets crowded at lunch because it is so small inside. In the warmer weather, you can also sit outside.

Thank Denise V
Hershey, Pennsylvania
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153 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Why did I wait so long to come here? This place is wonderful. Family run, homemade everything and just delicious. I took my daughter here for lunch this afternoon, after looking of the day's daily special board we both chose the tortellini in cream sauce. She had chicken parm as a side and I chose the stuffed all beef meatball.... More 

Thank IslandGirlTraveler
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Best Italian food in the area! Delicious ingredients. I have tried almost everything on the menu and cannot say one negative thing about any dishes. They are all great! Love that this place is family run and personable. Definitely check out their bakery as well- delicious bread and treats!

Thank Katie W
Camp Hill
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413 reviews
307 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped for lunch today since it is so hard to get a dinner reservation. My friend and I thought it was the very best egg plant dish. The wonderful cook who makes this makes a small pile of this vegetable. It is fantastic. This place evolves nicely.

Thank Courthouse067
Lewistown, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

If you want delicious Italian family food take out or dine in....this is it. Mom & son are exceptional and each day they have multiple specials. All fresh with ho made bread!

Thank Mark M
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303 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

We ate here for dinner for the first time - you have to make reservations, as they set everything up ahead of time. Previously we had eaten here for lunch several times. Both experiences are great - good pastas, pizzas, pastries, and it's BYOB. It's not a large place so it gets full over lunch - fortunately they have outdoor... More 

Thank maxpaste
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

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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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 236 Peffer St, Harrisburg, PA 17102-2112
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Harrisburg
  • Phone Number: +1 717-238-1999

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