Our Team  –   Taverna Rossa

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Limited Dine-In Service & Curbside/To-Go now available!

We wanted to share a few new safety precautions put into place during this time of social distancing:
1. Guests are required to wear a mask, per State mandate
2. Guest parties will be limited to a maximum of 8
3. We'll have a 90-minute time limit for tables, to help us serve as many guests as possible in our limited capacity
4. Guests will need to remain at their tables, to help ensure social distancing

Our Team

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Preston Lancaster

Founder / ceo

Preston was born and raised in Dallas, Texas with restaurant-centric DNA in him. His grandparents were in the business for over 50 years and his mom owns a pizzeria and wine bar where Preston worked as a kid, running food and bussing tables. Fast-forward many years, Preston earned a golf scholarship to the University of San Diego and left four years later with a Business degree and his sights set on entering into the hospitality industry.

Preston has always been an entrepreneur at heart, from starting a lawn-mowing business as a child to owning a financial services company to owning half a dozen restaurants in the DFW Metroplex. In 2007, Preston purchased Palio’s Pizza Café in Little Elm, Texas and subsequently opened up three more North Texas locations. Soon after came the purchase and rebuild of the highly acclaimed Cadillac Pizza Pub in Downtown McKinney, Texas. Next, the concept of Taverna Rossa was born and opened its doors in Plano in 2013 and Southlake in 2016. The multiple Palio’s locations were sold in 2015 to support the opening of Heritage Pizza & Taproom in 2017, Union Bear Brewing Co. in December 2017, and The Yard-McKinney,TX in 2018.

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Tony & Sarah Smith

Tony Smith
VP of Operations / Partner

Tony has grown up in the entertainment and service industries all his life, having been mentored by his grandfather, regional executive with Metro Goldwin Mayer Motion Pictures. Tony was raised in Dallas, Texas, but spent many years traveling and living abroad before he met Preston Lancaster in 2006, and later joined the group with restaurant #1, Palio’s Pizza Café in Little Elm.

Getting to do what he loves every day, Tony has become VP of Operations and a Partner in the 33 Restaurant Group, and remains enthused about its giant future. Having worked in the country club and restaurant industries most of his adult life, He’s truly living his dream, while bringing the Craft Pizza & Craft Bar scene to the next level.

An extreme sports enthusiast and huge Dallas Cowboy fan, an avid golfer and always giving Preston serious matches on the golf course. Tony is also a pizza oven master and a Jedi bartender, resurrecting his grandfather’s favorite recipes, including his famous Bloody Mary. You never know what Tony might whip up behind the bar or in the kitchen, but you can be guaranteed that it’ll be amazing and leave you coming back for more.

Tony enjoys working with his wife and life-partner, Sarah, who coordinates private events and gatherings for the 33 Restaurant Group, along with creating inspirational design touches and décor for the restaurants. I look forward to seeing you in one of our locations.

Sarah Smith
DIRECTOR OF LARGE PARTY EVENTS AND CATERING

One of the most energetic, creative, and organized catering and large party directors that any company would be lucky enough to have. Sarah is the loving wife of owner and operating partner Tony Smith. You can see her decorating the restaurants and preparing events for parties that join us in the restaurants and at home.

SOUTHLAKE, TX 04/15/2016 Marketing and PR representative Shannon McCarthy poses for a portrait at Taverna Rossa on April 15, 2016. Credit: Danny Fulgencio

Shannon McCarthy

Director of Marketing & PR

Shannon is the creative lead behind {33} Restaurant Group’s Marketing and PR. With a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a diverse background in the sports, entertainment, and restaurant industries, Shannon brings a new perspective to our community relations and strategies. She regularly finds inspiration at the restaurants, or should we say “the office”. So next time you are in one of our restaurants, and you see her making a desk at one of our tables, feel free to stop by and let her know what you think!

 

Chef Brian Luscher

Director of Culinary Operations

Brian likes to say he was born into the restaurant business. He brings the pragmatic perspective of operator/ownership to 33’s culinary operations with a get-your-hands-dirty approach to problem solving and a never ending desire to improve on a foundation of excellence. In his off time, when not in the backyard with his wife, daughter and dogs, you’ll find him moto-camping adventures with a camera in his hand.

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Live Music Schedule

For Booking, contact Shannon: *Both locations hosting live music every Friday & Saturday Night*

BOGO Free Cheese Pizza for Cheese Lover’s Day!

Calling all Cheese Lovers: Celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day with Buy One, Get One Free Cheese Pizzas at either Taverna Rossa location on Wednesday, January 20th only! Here’s to your day getting real cheesy. 
 
(Dine-in or To-Go ONLY, 1 per order, No modifications, Not applicable with other discounts or offers)

Southlake – Chaz & Quinten Unplugged

Chaz Marie sings from the depths of her soul. Her sultry, smoky, raspy vocals and charming personality have earned her the reputation as a fresh alternative to the formulaic country artists. Quinten Hope has the rare ability to write and play his music with a healthy balance of precision & detail while remaining open enough to allow great freedom for himself & the other players. Together, they are a power couple not to miss! Join us for fresh, fired pizza and cold beer as we welcome Chaz & Quinten back to Taverna Rossa.

Plano – Tell Runyan Acoustic Duo

Tell Runyan is an Americana Singer-Songwriter from Stephenville, TX that plays a wide variety of country, rock, and folk music. He recently released his latest studio album titled, “Living For the Night.” Which was produced by well known multi-instrumentalist Jon Knudson (Whiskey Myers, The Damn Quails, William Clark Green) and features a duet with the Four Time Texas Female Vocalist of the Year, Bri Bagwell.

Plano – Singer-Songwriter Chadwick Cook

Welcome Chadwick Cook for his return to the Plano stage! Chadwick’s music can only be described as upbeat, entertaining band playing a huge selection of classic and contemporary hits with soulful vocals.

Southlake – Zech Lumpkin Unplugged

Zech Lumpkin is a native Texan who has played music for most of his life.  He played guitar with an all-original band, The FarStar, for 13 years.  After leaving that band (except for the occasional reunion show,) he played music by himself for several years.  In the summer of 2018, he learned 60 or so cover tunes and started playing gigs around Richardson, where he resides with his wife and three kids, and is branching out into neighboring cities.

Zech is always adding new songs…songs that listeners are sure to know.  He loves using music to bring people together to have fun over some food and drinks, loves taking requests, and LOVES it when you sing along.  He hopes to see you soon!

Plano West High School Fundraiser

Bring your school spirit when you visit to support Plano West High School! A portion of all designated Plano West High School orders will contribute back to the school, whether you’re dining-in or carrying-out. Feel free to join us for lunch, an afternoon snack, dinner or dessert because this is an all-day fundraiser! Just be sure to remind us that you’re supporting Plano West High School!
 
In order to support our community and follow social distancing guidelines, all carry-out orders can easily be placed at TavernaRossa.com and pick-up curbside. For your safety, we have heightened our cleaning protocols and practices along with partnered with Xtreme Hygiene to thoroughly disinfect and sanitize all surfaces in the restaurant on a biweekly basis. All staff is required to wear masks and are regularly checked for COVID-19. We ask for our guests to join us in wearing a mask and following social distancing guidelines.

Plano – Zech Lumpkin Acoustic Live Music

Zech Lumpkin is a native Texan who has played music for most of his life.  He played guitar with an all-original band, The FarStar, for 13 years.  After leaving that band (except for the occasional reunion show,) he played music by himself for several years.  In the summer of 2018, he learned 60 or so cover tunes and started playing gigs around Richardson, where he resides with his wife and three kids, and is branching out into neighboring cities.

Zech is always adding new songs…songs that listeners are sure to know.  He loves using music to bring people together to have fun over some food and drinks, loves taking requests, and LOVES it when you sing along.  He hopes to see you soon!

Southlake – Singer-Songwriter Chadwick Cook

Welcome Chadwick Cook for his return to the Southlake stage! Chadwick’s music can only be described as upbeat, entertaining band playing a huge selection of classic and contemporary hits with soulful vocals.

Plano – Droo Unplugged

Singer-Songwriter Droo has been active in the Dallas music scene for well over 15 years. While he began his career playing bass with numerous local & national acts, for the past 8+ years, he’s successfully navigated the local cover music scene, becoming known for his pure, raw vocals, full rhythmic guitar voicing’s, and being able to perform all kinds of pop music from all different styles, genres, and periods.

Southlake – The Texas Bluesmen Duo

Two Brothers on a Mission….A newly formed tribute in Dallas/Fort Worth featuring Justin Clark as Elwood and his “little brother” Paul Andrews as Jake. If you loved the movie Blues Brothers, you’re not going to miss the Texas Bluesmen at Taverna Rossa!

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