This week has been full of family, friends, and birthdays. Just when I thought February was a good month to buckle down and save money, I remembered how many people we must celebrate this month. With that in mind this has been THE month of wining and dining!


Last Tuesday we had our cousins in town from Massachusetts.  We decided to take them to one of my favorite spots TAZZA. The first time we had visited Tazza was when I (Amanda) moved  to Raleigh last spring. We ate at the location in Cameron Village first and absolutely loved the food and aesthetics, but this time we decided to check out their Cary location. Their Cary location was big and bright and looked brand new. I am a sucker for decor and taking photos, so I was able to snap a few shots of the well dressed rooms. After I obsessively snapped away, we could finally sit and eat, drink and converse!

Tazza has always been a great experience in my opinion. I love their variety of wood-fire pizza, tacos, and meaty entrees. Did you know the name, “TA” for taco, “ZZA” for pizza,  is the portmanteau created by a group of friends who set out to build an inspiring new place to eat? Tazza also features local craft brews, small-production wines, and super jazzy cocktails made from THE freshest ingredients. Since we all have very different tastes our table featured Oscar Blues Pinner ( a personal favorite for Amanda + Brie ), sparkling Rose, Sangria, and the classic Moscow Mule.


One thing we love is about this restaurant is that the menu rotates frequently and is subject to change. Because they source most of their ingredients locally, you can always be sure that their food is fresh. Their menu caters to all types of tastes, whether your pescitarian, gluten free, or have allergies like Amanda (allergic to all tree nuts). Tazza’s  staff are very knowledgeable about their menu and ingredients and will cater to your needs. This was especially helpful when it comes to having kids that don’t like most foods.

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We shared their pork nachos as a starter. The pork was nicely smoked and the pico de gallo had a kick if spicy food is your kinda thing.  This was good for about 3-4 people to share. For our entrees we enjoyed a healthy arugula & goat cheese salad, a light take on their margherita pizza (shown above), a trio of their smoked brisket, shrimp, and pork tacos, a wood oven pork chop, and the sweet potato risotto with scallops. (check the end of the post for more photos) If your mouth isn’t watering by now, you should probably stop reading because we are OBSESSED. We are foodies (and love the occasional drinks that come with),  so be prepared for more of these types  of posts.

To top off the perfect meal and experience you can choose from some of tasty desserts like their Gelato & cake, Chocolate Budino & cookies, or warm apple crumble. Keep in mind that their menu rotates often, so they will always have new dishes to savor!

Click here to check out Tazza’s sample menu and locations!



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