Raleigh News & Observer / Dining Review
So, Tazza Kitchen is a new concept thought up by the slick marketing department of some national restaurant chain, right?
Wrong. Sure, technically Tazza Kitchen is a chain. The restaurant that opened in February in Cameron Village is the third location. The other two are in Richmond, Va., and Columbia, S.C.
And granted, owners John Davenport, Jeff Grant and John Haggai are market-savvy restaurateurs with ample experience in the franchise world. Until recently, they owned a number of Cafe Caturra locations.
But that’s where the similarities end. Davenport, Grant and Haggai sold their wine bars to devote their energies to their own concept, which they’re billing as “Baja meets the Mediterranean coast.” The common threads weaving these two cuisines together are a focus on wood-fired cooking and locally sourced ingredients.
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