Business in Transition! Piazza Talarico's Kitchen Closes Its Doors March 31, 2023





Piazza Talarico is now available for online ordering


Whether you are in the mood for a family dinner, a casual dinner with friends or a quick meal with a glass of wine, Piazza Talarico and Papa Joe’s Wine Cellar provides the ideal venue. Our modest dining room consists of a stand-up wine bar where diners can sample wine, share appetizers or one of our entrees, or enjoy coffee, espresso, or cappuccino. For a more elaborate meal, seating is available in the dining room, on the covered patio, or on the open air piazza in the rear of the building.

The cuisine is Southern Italian like one would find in Calabria or on an Italian grandma’s table on a Sunday afternoon in America. The wines are a selection of reds and whites, mostly dry table wines with a few sweet selections and sangrias for those who prefer a sweet wine.

The wine is available to taste. It’s sold by the glass or bottle for on-site consumption, or by the bottle to take out.

In keeping with the informal enoteca and osteria traditions, Piazza Talarico has strayed from the conventional table-side service, instead offering an order-at-the-counter (or wine bar) approach. In our efforts to welcome our guests as a part of la famiglia and to provide our best service, we believe this model is ideal. For this reason, we are unable to accommodate reservations.


Beth Talarico

“La Capa della Cucina” – The Kitchen Boss

Beth is unique in that she’s a millennial who cooks like your Italian grandmother. Beth learned from the best: Grandma Ida Talarico taught Beth traditional Italian cooking, specializing in macaroni dishes, including some family recipes that immigrated from Sersale, Calabria with the Talarico and Mancuso families. Beth has expanded beyond the traditional family cuisine with her adaptation of some of the best dishes from all of Italy that include fresh ingredients and judicious use of spices.

Katie talarico

Restaurant/Winery Manager and Event Coordinator

Katie is the front of house manager and the face of Piazza Talarico and Papa Joe’s Wine Cellar. She has extensive experience in food and beverage operations and a degree in Italian Studies from Pitt. In addition to her management duties, Katie serves as a barista and the occasional cook, and is our in-house Event Coordinator.

“Papa Joe” Talarico

“Il Capo Vinaio” – The Head Vintner

Joe brings nearly 40 years of wine making experience to Papa Joe’s Wine Cellar. While his primary emphasis over the years has been dry red table wines, he has extensive experience in producing dry whites as well. Joe also serves Piazza Talarico as the resident old, bald, Italian curmudgeon. His generous frame is a testament to our cook’s awesome abilities. If the word “stunad” comes to mind, you wouldn’t be out of line to describe him as such.

Deb Talarico

Restaurant Designer and Decorator

Deb has taken a huge part in the development of Piazza Talarico, from finding the ideal site, working with Katie on the Southern Italian rustic theme of the restaurant, and coordinating development. If you’ve come in during any holiday, you’ll see her beautiful decorating skills. Deb is also our in-house artist. She creates our beautiful wine cork ornaments and keychains for sale behind our bar.

Anna Crisci

General Manager

Anna, or “Papa Joe Lite” as she is affectionately referred to as, has been with the family since long before Piazza Talarico opened. She is a woman of many talents; she is just as comfortable cooking as she is running the front of house. She is our go-to person for everything; there isn’t a job in this place that she hasn’t done and done exceptionally well.


Chef and Catering Coordinator

Curk is the newest addition to the Piazza Talarico family. His background in culinary arts and catering make him a perfect fit in our kitchen, although he also loves to occasionally work in the front of house. Ask him to do a limoncello shot with you; he likely won’t say no.

The Extended Family

We consider all team members family. Our business plan includes providing a compensation plan that we would want for our own family members. Piazza Talarico has a no tipping necessary policy where we provide a generous living wage to all employees with revenue sharing. We believe that by treating all of our associates as family, our associates will treat you, our customers, as family as well.