Our Team  –   Taverna Rossa

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We do not offer reservations at Taverna Rossa - Southlake at this time. We host gatherings on a limited basis. Contact us for details. Food and Beverage minimum required.

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 2013 in Plano, Texas.

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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

Marketing and 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!

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Live Music Schedule

For Booking, contact Shannon:

Plano – Colin Boyd

Colin Boyd is a songwriter, singer, performer, guitarist, and recording-artist based in his hometown, Dallas, Texas. His songs have been recorded by Jack Ingram, Kristen Garner, Domestic Science Club, Monte Warden, Sara Hickman, and Barney the Dinosaur. Boyd’s Jack ingram cut “Flutter” was not only a Billboard-charting single in 1997, it was the Number One requested video on CMT UK – a chart-topper!

Southlake – D City Rock

D City Rock is a 70’s and 80’s Classic Rock Tribute Band performing Essential hits from Artists including Eagles, Tom Petty, Prince, Foreigner, ZZ Top, Journey, Styx, Bad Company, Lynard Skynard, Van Halen, Billy Squire, Rush, Loverboy, The Cars, Doobie Brothers, Black Crowes, Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, Def Lepard, Queen and many more. Our band is punctuated by superior Vocals and guitar work, with a hard driving rhythm section.

Plano – Derryl Perry

The heart of a troubadour and the soul of a songwriter are both easy to please and hard to keep satisfied. Derryl Perry is one Texan that has to both stay on the road in a high energy stage environment and also grind to keep rendering those precious private and introspective glimpses of the artist’s take on life. He has worked this balancing act to the tune of over 2500 shows and is now presenting a compilation of songs dedicated for his latest cd project titled “Lone Star Summer.

Southlake – Mark Sena’s Funk Machine

You can expect Classic Rock…you can expect funk…you can even expect some Top 40’s! Mark Sena & Friends is going to pack a show full of your favorites. Come for craft pizza and beer, stay for band!

Southlake – Dan Quinn & Marquise Jones

Guitarist. Singer. Live Looping Master. One Man Band. MC. Party Starter. Limit Pusher. Pretty fun guy to hang out with. Totally responsible suburban dad.
 
Southlake’s own Dan Quinn will be giving a rare public performance right here at Taverna Rossa – Southlake! Dan has received rave reviews for his performances at weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, and private events around the Dallas area. His unique blending of popular acoustic hits with DJ style effects and advanced looping technology has earned him recognition as a performer at the upcoming 2017 NAMM Show in California.
 
Join us for a FREE show as he leads us in a fun night of music, drinks, and friends.

Plano – Dave Eagleston

One man, a guitar and plenty of your favorite country, soft rock, and old standard songs including Johnny Cash, Zac Brown Band, Adele, Eric Clapton, The Eagles, Frank Sinatra and many more. Join us as we welcome famed musical actor and singer Dave Eagleston to the Taverna Rossa stage!

Santa is Coming to TR-Plano!

We’ve been awfully good this year and hope you have been too because Santa is swinging through for some artisan pizza!
 
Bring the family to see Santa. Kids eat for $1, with the purchase of a gourmet pizza.

Plano – Mark Sena Acoustic Duo

You can expect Classic Rock…you can expect funk…you can even expect some Top 40’s! Mark Sena & Friends is going to pack a show full of your favorites. Come for craft pizza and beer, stay for band!

Rare Stout Tapping Week at Plano

It’s the perfect time of year for rare stout, including a little something from Bourbon County and other limited tasty breweries! Join us for your select favorites during Rare Stout Tapping Week. But be sure to come early, because -when the keg blows- we’ll be out!
 
Keep an eye on our beer menu on Untappd for up-to-date specials and limited releases!

Early Closure for Christmas Eve

Both Taverna Rossas will be open for lunch, until 3pm, on Christmas Eve. Let us take care of any last minute lunch, dinner, and holiday catering for you. Happy Holidays everyone!

Rare Stout Tapping Week at Plano

It’s the perfect time of year for rare stout, including a little something from Bourbon County and other limited tasty breweries! Join us for your select favorites during Rare Stout Tapping Week. But be sure to come early, because -when the keg blows- we’ll be out!
 
Keep an eye on our beer menu on Untappd for up-to-date specials and limited releases!

Closed – Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! Both Taverna Rossa locations will be closed on Wednesday, December 25th so that our family can spend time with their loved ones. We will be open at 11am on Thursday, December 26th for your favorite Tex-Italian and craft beer.

Rare Stout Tapping at Plano

It’s the perfect time of year for rare stout, including a little something from Bourbon County and other limited tasty breweries! Join us for your select favorites during Rare Stout Tapping Week. But be sure to come early, because -when the keg blows- we’ll be out!
 
Keep an eye on our beer menu on Untappd for up-to-date specials and limited releases!

Plano – Texas Bluesmen Acoustic Duo

Come see the Texas Bluesmen playing all the hits of The Blues Brothers unplugged edition! #Mission2020 #TheTexasBluesmen

Plano – Trey Allen Band

Trey Allen Band is an indie-rock band based out of Dallas, TX. They have performed at a variety of music venues across the country, from House of Blues in Dallas to music festivals in Oklahoma and Georgia. With Trey’s raspy vocals and passion for music and Johns harmony vocals it will grab your attention and make you want to hear more! They have a broad range of musical influences such as The Rolling Stones, Radiohead, REM, Tom Petty, Audioslave and The Beatles, and current artist also like, The Lumineers, Mondo Cozmo, The Black Keys, Young The Giant, Bishop Briggs and Foy Vance.

Plano – Open Until 10pm New Year’s Eve

Raise one last pizza and beer in 2019! We’ll be open for lunch, dinner, last minute party orders, and evening drinks. It’s been a wonderful year and we’d love to sincerely thank you for all of your love and support this year. Have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve!

Open at 2pm on New Year’s Day

We’ll admit it: We stayed up a little late last night. Both Taverna Rossas will open at 2pm today to serve all of your hangover favorites. Happy New Year!

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