Richmond Magazine / What’s New Out West

Restaurateur Jeff Grant couldn’t be happier with the crowds at Tazza Kitchen. The Mediterranean and Baja Peninsula-inspired restaurant at 3332 Pump Road opened Aug. 28. The concept was inspired by the travels of the owners — John Davenport and John Haggai are partners in the venture along with Grant. “We were struck by the Valley of Guadalupe in Baja,” Grant says. “The area has a simplicity with food. That had a huge impact on us.”

The restaurant features a small menu — only 25 items, and all are under $16 — with local and regionally sourced ingredients as well as fresh fish. “People think Baja is Mexican, but it’s not: It’s Mediterranean-style cuisine similar to southern Italy,” Grant says. “We’re working really hard to work with growers and farmers in Virginia.”

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