About

Wood Fired Cooking and Serious Libations

Inspired by trips to Baja Mexico and the Amalfi Coast, we fell in love with traditional wood fired cooking and the casual, welcoming environments where we enjoyed memorable everyday meals.  From taco stands to small family-run wineries and pizzerias, strangers treated us like old friends and the food and hospitality was special.  Much of what we have learned comes from these travels and experimenting in our own backyards.  We love the rustic, yet simple flavors of wood fired cooking that elevates fresh ingredients and tried and true favorites to something unique.   The wood oven remains the heart of our kitchens and anchors our restaurants.  

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Founders

With varied backgrounds in finance, music, communications and restaurants, Big Kitchen Hospitality Partners, John and Susan Davenport, Jeff Grant and John Haggai, came together to open a restaurant featuring wood fired cooking, a seasonal menu, and craft libations. After 18 months of traveling and testing, they opened Tazza Kitchen Short Pump in Richmond, Virginia, in 2013.  The group now operates six Tazza Kitchen locations in Virginia and the Carolinas and the catering arm, The Big Kitchen in Richmond.  While all four partners have a hand in daily operations, John D oversees finance, Jeff leads the culinary team, Susan manages people development and customer engagement, and John H manages the beverage program, FOH operations, and construction. 

BKH Partners

Store Leadership

Chris Curtin, Short PumpChris CurtinSenior Operating Partner
Short Pump
Reggie McGee, Cameron VillageReggie McGeeSenior Operating Partner
Cameron Village
Phil Barrar, Alverser PlazaPhil BarrarOperating Partner
Alverser Plaza
Marianna Collado, Stone Creek VillageMarianna ColladoOperating Partner
Stone Creek Village
Dave Desseyn, Trenholm PlazaDave DesseynOperating Partner
Trenholm Plaza
Tommy Melvin, Scott's AdditionTommy MelvinOperating Partner
Scott’s Addition

Food & Beverage

LukeLuke DellingerSous Chef, Stone Creek Village
MattMatt HarrisSous Chef, Short Pump
MasonMason HatcherSous Chef, Trenholm Plaza
dorothyDorothy LivickWine Director
EliseElise McCannBar Lead, Stone Creek Village
DimitriDimitri McQueenSous Chef, Alverser Plaza
StephenStephen MetcalfBar Lead, Short Pump
AnselAnsel PaceSous Chef, Cameron Village
JakeJake SmithBar Lead, Trenholm Plaza
Lauren SpainBeverage Director
MaraMara SudolBeverage Lead, Cameron Village
LizLiz WadeBar Lead, Alverser Plaza

#TazzaFamily

Big Rick with the perfect flip 👌 #TazzaKitchen Big Rick with the perfect flip 👌 #TazzaKitchen #TazzaFamily #Saute
Kelly started with us four years ago as a server i Kelly started with us four years ago as a server in Midlothian where she quickly moved up into store leadership and coordinated private dining. After graduating from @VCU she took on a full-time HR administration role at our main office and has done a wonderful job. She just passed her certification exam, and is now a Professional in Human Resources. Way to go Kelly, thanks for all your hard work behind the scenes! #TazzaFamily #TazzaKitchen
What a year!! Happy 2020 from all of us at TK. See What a year!! Happy 2020 from all of us at TK. See below for today’s hours, regular hours resume Thursday.

Scott’s Addition: 11:30am-5pm, Lunch-Brunch
Short Pump: 4:30-10pm, Dinner
All other locations: Closed

#HappyNewYear #TazzaKitchen #TazzaFamily
Our salad stations are always buzzing at lunch. Ma Our salad stations are always buzzing at lunch. Maiko makes it look easy while finishing two beautiful Baja Bowls. #FanFavorite #TazzaKitchen #TazzaFamily
So proud of our team in Trenholm Plaza! Here they So proud of our team in Trenholm Plaza! Here they are with the gifts they delivered to children at Carolina Behavior and Beyond. #GivingBack #HappyHolidays #TazzaFamily
Now catering in Cary and Richmond! Tag a friend an Now catering in Cary and Richmond! Tag a friend and help us get the word out. Our menus are perfect for office happy hours, corporate events, parties, big games, and home entertaining. Delivery is available for orders over $150! #TazzaKitchen #CaryNC #RVA #Catering #TazzaFamily
All smiles for the weekend! #TazzaFamily #TazzaKit All smiles for the weekend! #TazzaFamily #TazzaKitchen
Quality Time. Order online and enjoy dinner at hom Quality Time. Order online and enjoy dinner at home with the people you love. #TazzaKitchen #ChowNow #TazzaFamily
Join us in welcoming Tommy Melvin to the TK Family Join us in welcoming Tommy Melvin to the TK Family! It’s easy to sense the warmth, energy, and leadership experience he brings as Operating Partner to our Scott’s Addition team. We’re beyond thrilled he’s on board and we look forward to all that’s ahead!! #TazzaFamily #TazzaKitchen #ScottsAddition #RVA
It’s shaping up to be a perfect Saturday and we’d love to see you! We’re so lucky to have happy and fun-loving people like Britton on our teams to help make your experience great! #TazzaFamily #TazzaKitchen
Michael and Paul have been with us now for 10 whol Michael and Paul have been with us now for 10 whole years! They work tirelessly behind the scenes to make things easier and better for everyone around them, and we appreciate all they’ve contributed. Here’s to many more!! 🍻 #TazzaKitchen #TazzaFamily
Smile, it makes the world a better place! A little Smile, it makes the world a better place! A little extra cheese never hurts either.⁠
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#Meatballs #MoreBreadPlease #TazzaKitchen #TazzaFamily
Teamwork makes Happy Hour dreams work. Specials st Teamwork makes Happy Hour dreams work. Specials start at 4:30pm M-F.🍷🤗🍺 #TazzaKitchen #ScottsAddition #ShortPump #Midlothian #RVA #TrenholmPlaza #Columbia #HappyHour #TazzaFamily
When all the work is done, the reward is sweeter. When all the work is done, the reward is sweeter. Sign off and let us us fix you a drink!
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Nick is a former server, turned bartender, and he’s doing a great job behind the bar in Stone Creek Village.
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#TazzaKitchen #Cocktails #Cary #Bartender #Imbibe #ImbibeGram #TazzaFamily
Summer Slice. Our seasonal squash pizza is yellow Summer Slice. Our seasonal squash pizza is  yellow squash and zucchini w/red pepper, caramelized onion, @bufcreamery mozz, queso fresco, chili flake, olive oil & a squeeze of lemon. Modeled here by @kathhelm. #TazzaKitchen #ScottsAddition #TazzaFamily
We’re so proud of Sopha. She’s been a long-tim We’re so proud of Sopha. She’s been a long-time member of our front of house team in Stone Creek Village. Recently, she decided to transition to the kitchen to learn and advance in her career. #TazzaFamily #TazzaKitchen
Brick Oven Za’atar Salmon is always a favorite! Brick Oven Za’atar Salmon is always a favorite! Served here by Caitlyn with roasted potatoes, parsnips, carrots and labneh yogurt with fresh dill. #TazzaKitchen #TazzaFamily
We’re incredibly proud of all our graduates. Tho We’re incredibly proud of all our graduates. Though many will be moving on to new and exciting places/opportunities, we’re so thankful for their contributions here. Hard work pays off and we can’t wait to see what’s in store!
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#TazzaKitchen #TazzaFamily #Graduation
Smile if you love brunch 💕 #TazzaKitchen #Tazza Smile if you love brunch 💕 #TazzaKitchen #TazzaFamily
These @hornandheel paring knives are simply perfec These @hornandheel paring knives are simply perfect. They went to team members who’ve been part of our Cameron Village squad since the opening. Thanks again for an incredible #FiveYears in Raleigh!! #TazzaKitchen #TazzaFamily
Big congratulations to Luke, who was recently prom Big congratulations to Luke, who was recently promoted to Kitchen Manager in Stone Creek Village. It’s great to see his hard work paying off and we’re excited to watch him progress in Cary! .
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#TazzaKitchen #TazzaFamily #SousChef #KitchenManager #Cary #StoneCreekVillage