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:

$7 Dragon Milk Stout Pint Night at Southlake

In honor of every Southlake Carroll Dragon Home Football Games, we’re putting Dragon’s Milk Stout on special for $7. Buy the pint, and keep the signature Dragon Glass for FREE!
 
(Offer only available on Southlake Carroll Dragon Friday Home Football Games)

Plano – Justin Mason Band

Justin Mason was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He grew up listening to a wide variety of musical genres that spanned multiple generations. From George Strait, Hank Jr., Travis Tritt and Garth Brooks, to the Eagles, James Taylor, Jim Croce and Billy Joel, Justin listened and sang along to whatever was on the radio.

Justin loves being on stage, performing and entertaining people. He may have gotten into the music game a little later than a lot of other musicians, but he truly believes this is where he is supposed to be, and looks forward to pursuing his passions, dreams and goals in the years to come!

Southlake – Dan Quinn

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 – The Bodarks

The Bodarks are “a porch-stompin’, fiddle-sawin’, bass-spankin’ hootenanny,” says Lifestyle Frisco.  Selected as a Shiner Rising Star finalist in their first year (2013), they have been described as “a genre-creating string band that’s developed its own unique Americana music” (Buddy Magazine), exhibiting “all kinds of cool elements from bluegrass to ragtime that really connect with the crowd” (KHYI 95.3FM), and having “delightful harmonies that had the audience singing along to their songs as if it were their favorite karaoke jam” (Blitz Magazine).

Southlake – The Inspiration Band

Join us in welcoming The Inspiration Band for their return back to the Southlake stage. They are a 5 piece jazz combo that can expand to an electrifying 9 piece BIG BAND TOP 40 NONSTOP PARTY band. Dancing and singing with the band are not unheard of when they come to party.
 
You bring the party! We’ll have the best gourmet, artisan pizza in North Texas and cold craft beer.

$7 Dragon Milk Stout Pint Night at Southlake

In honor of every Southlake Carroll Dragon Home Football Games, we’re putting Dragon’s Milk Stout on special for $7. Buy the pint, and keep the signature Dragon Glass for FREE!
 
(Offer only available on Southlake Carroll Dragon Friday Home Football Games)

North Texas Beer Week

Clear your schedule and start training for all the brew festivities of NTX Beer Week! We’ll have a detailed schedule published soon.

Plano – Travelin’ Jed

Travelin Jed is a Blues/Rock group made up of four young men that have been playing across DFW for the last two and half years. This is a group you do not want to miss out on if you like to have a good time!

Southlake – Chaz Marie Band

Chaz Marie sings from the depths of her soul. You will feel the raw emotion as she bears her naked emotional moments. Her sultry, smoky, raspy vocals and charming personality have earned her the reputation as a fresh alternative to the formulaic country artists. Her voice is a fusion of her musical influences in country, delta blues, R&B and rock and roll. Join us for fresh, fired pizza and cold beer as we welcome Chaz back to Taverna Rossa.

Plano – Maylee Thomas Band

From her early days as a Gospel singer to her legendary status as a Texas Diva, Maylee Thomas transcends genres, mixing Gospel-based blues with soul driven rock, touches of pop, with the very faintest caresses of country from time to time… and audiences respond. Maylee is the soul of Texas and a must see act.

If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend kick-off place, join us for Maylee’s return. We will be serving up hot, rustic thin-crust pizza and cold drafts to go with Maylee’s fantastic sound. 

Southlake – The Texas Bluesmen

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!

Plano – Eric Mathews Band

Formed in 2008,The Eric Mathews Band strives to bring good blues sounds to anyone who wants to listen. They play everything from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones to Santana, and much, much more. They truly create an amazing show! A fun little fact about them: They represented the Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Society in the 2015 International Blues Challenge!
 
Join us for some fresh sound matched with only the freshest ingredients on Craft Pizza with Local Draft Beer! We’re excited to be hosting the The Eric Mathews Band for their return at Taverna Rossa.

Southlake – Jerico Band with Chadwick Cook

Your boys are bringing the party back to Southlake! Jericho’s music can only be described as upbeat, entertaining band playing a huge selection of classic and contemporary hits with soulful vocals!

Plano – Corina Grove

An aspiring musician, Corina Grove has been playing around the Dallas area performing her original songs and covering a wide variety of music. She has performed aside Mumford and Sons on their Gentlemen of the Road tour as well as headlines some of Dallas finest Venues. Her alternative, blues sound and strong vocal technique gives a unique authentic match-up that shows her true artistry and passion for music. She is now working on her first solo album.

Southlake – Eric Mathews Band

Formed in 2008,The Eric Mathews Band strives to bring good blues sounds to anyone who wants to listen. They play everything from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones to Santana, and much, much more. They truly create an amazing show! A fun little fact about them: They represented the Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Society in the 2015 International Blues Challenge!
 
Join us for some fresh sound matched with only the freshest ingredients on Craft Pizza with Local Draft Beer! We’re excited to be hosting the The Eric Mathews Band for their return at Taverna Rossa.

CLOSED – Happy Thanksgiving!

Both Taverna Rossa locations will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 28th so that our TR family can spend time with their loved ones. We look forward to re-opening on Friday, November 29th at 11am. See you tomorrow for Tex-Italian and post-Black Friday shopping drinks!

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