Last week, we met after work for apps and dinner at Tazza Kitchen in Raleigh’s Cameron Village. We decided on Tazza for our second restaurant review because Crystal hadn’t been yet and Annie had been once before and couldn’t wait to go back. For those of you familiar with the offerings of Cameron Village, Tazza Kitchen replaces what used to be Cafe Caturra. While we’ll miss two-for-one bottles of wine on Tuesday nights, we were both pleasantly surprised by Tazza’s aesthetic appeal and delicious food.
We got there a little before 6 on a weeknight and sat outside since there were still a few open tables and it wasn’t too swampy (you know, very hot and very humid). The outdoor space is a great mix of rustic and industrial, with wide wood paneling on the walls and steel columns throughout. Inside is much of the same with the addition of stone behind the bar. It’s usually pretty dark inside, which makes it a perfect date spot.
We started our meal with Guacamole (stone-ground corn tostadas, pico de gallo, lime) and Brick Oven Carrots (thyme, pine nuts, lemon yogurt served in a cast iron dish). The guacamole is one of the best in town and, thanks to the attentive servers, you never run out of tostatas. The carrots were perfectly charred which gave them a little caramel flavoring. The yogurt was tart and a nice addition, in moderation.
For dinner, Annie ordered the Five Spice Chicken Tacos (local corn tortillas, guacamole, pequin slaw, pico de gallo, crema). This taco dish was killer and definitely rivals a few nearby taco spots. The cucumber and strawberry salad was so delicious and a great companion for the tacos. Crystal ordered the White Pizza sans bacon (béchamel, Parmesan, fresh mozzarella, caramelized onions). The pizza was thin and flavorful, and perfect for two to share, or for lunch the following day.
Next time you’re planning a date night or night out with friends, check out Tazza Kitchen. You won’t be disappointed!