Our Team  –   Taverna Rossa

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Limited Dine-In Service & Curbside/To-Go now available! Live Music cancelled at Plano through September 30th.

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

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: *Southlake hosting music on Friday Nights only from 8:30p-11:30p. Plano's Live Music is cancelled through 9/30*

Southlake – Greg Luce: One Man Band!

Greg has been performing and entertaining crowds for over a decade and a half. With a combination of guitar, singing, looping pedal, and several music apps, his style continues to evolve with sounds ranging from simple piano and bass, to more intricate tones reminiscent to that of pop-EDM. Greg draws from a song list including a majority of Top 40 lists that span 5 decades, along with country, R&B, and more current hits that you would find on the radio.

Southlake – Chant Duplantier

With a combination of soul, funk, rock, and blues, Chant has established himself as the ambassador of Eclectic Soul – a soulful new genre that sets no rules and has no boundaries. This solo acoustic artist mixes intelligently crafted songs with exceptional musicianship to create a style that defies categories and defines originality.

With his roots in the past and a sound for the future, Chant truly is “the history of things to come.” Come check him out at Taverna Rossa!

Plano – Jennifer Ramsey Acoustic Live Music

Currently based in the Dallas area, Jennifer Ramsey fostered a love of music early. Her father was a noted rockabilly musician, her mother a classically-trained pianist, and her brothers sang in multi-part harmony; it wasn’t long before Jennifer joined in. She learned to play piano, acoustic guitar, ukulele, and saxophone, while cultivating a warm and expressive singing voice.

Prior to arriving in Dallas, Jenn played (and replayed) many concert and club venues in the Chicago area as a solo performer, as well as with bands such as Face N Time, Jennerator, Allison Wonderband, and Bad Girlfriend. She has cultivated a strong fan base, who return to hear her reinvention of new and classic pop, independent rock, country, and standard songs for acoustic guitar and ukulele. As a solo artist, she performs bravely and devoutly, taking chances, and inspiring her audiences to feel the beauty of music made without trickery or gadgets.

In addition to her performance schedule, Jennifer has contributed vocals and harmonies for two albums by Chicago songwriter Andrew Bender. She has also written some music of her own to be released at a later time. Though new to the Dallas scene, Jennifer is a veteran performer who is looking forward to new opportunities to grow her fan base and expand her repertoire.

Southlake – The Inspiration Band Acoustic Duo

Join us in welcoming The Inspiration Band for their return back to the Southlake stage as an acoustic duo! They feature electrifying TOP 40s party music. Dancing and singing with the band are not unheard of when they come to party!
You bring the party! Taverna Rossa will have the best gourmet, artisan pizza in North Texas and cold craft beer.

Plano – Chad & RJ Acoustic Duo

Chad & RJ play an eclectic and unique blend of -well- other people’s music! Newcomers to the North Texas music scene (again), Chad & RJ play a blend of classic songs from the 80’s through current hits guaranteed to keep all members of the family listening. Music from John Mayer, Johnny Cash, Barenaked Ladies, Tom Petty, Matchbox 20, U2, Jason Mraz, Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton, The Lumineers, Foster the People to name a few! And if there are kids in the crowd you might actually hear a Spongebob song or two!

Plano – Joey Love Solo Acoustic Live Music

Joey Love has opened for the likes of Etta James, The Blues Brothers (Dan Akroyd,Jim Belushi), Bobby Blue Bland, Blue Oyster Cult, Johnny Winter, Savoy Brown, and countless others as well as being featured in a National TV Commercial for Famous Dave’s BBQ. Come out and enjoy a variety of music from genre’s including Blues, Zydeco, Classic Rock and Country.

Southlake – Sean & Faye Acoustic Duo

Sean & Faye are a duo who play both covers and originals, drawing from a large and eclectic pool of source material, from forgotten classics to modern hits.

Plano – Colin Boyd Solo Acoustic Artist

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 – Buzz Andrews Solo Acoustic Music

Come check out Buzz Andrews Solo Acoustic Music at Taverna Rossa! Buzz has been doing his thing throughout the US since 1963. Rock and Roll is definitely in his blood and the blues are what soothes his soul.
Come on down and ‘Get Buzzed’!

Plano – Matthew Bell Acoustic Live Music

Music has been a part of Matt Bell’s life, and truthfully his whole family, probably dating all the way back to the Rankin Family Circus of Illinois in the 1890’s (Yes. His, family owned a circus). He has had the privilege of spending his days writing and, as many nights as possible, standing in front of an audience of 2 to 2,000 telling stories (who are we kidding? Audiences of 2-20). The Matthew Bell Band can only be described as Acoustic and Soulful!

Cheers to the band…or the weekend! Our Friday Happy Hour starts at 3p – 7p and includes $2 off select drafts, $4 wells, $5 house wine, and $8 signature drinks. Come for the Happy Hour and stay for the band!

Southlake – Singer-Songwriter Droo

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.

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