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General Manager Beth Ann Encinosa

“A big part of my mission revolves around employee care. If you care for your employees and give them support and respect, not only do they support you, but more importantly, they care for the guests, which is our end goal: to give the best dining experience possible.”

A native of Upstate New York, Beth Ann’s first “culinary” experience was working in the bakery section of a local Italian grocery store in East Syracuse, NY. After attending college in Atlanta, Beth Ann settled down at Vickery’s Bar and Grill for the next 17 years, working her way up to General Manager. She and her children relocated to Jacksonville in 2004, and Beth Ann began working at Mezza where she has been a mainstay ever since.

Executive Chef Nadine Ladson

Chef Nadine was born in Vallejo, California, and moved to Charleston, SC when she was thirteen. She grew up amidst a family of chefs and says she gets her passion for cooking from them and from wonderful mentors along her journey. Her favorite things to cook are sauces and soups because she loves to “start from scratch, adding layers of ingredients to create a multitude of flavors.” Nadine grew up with the mantra of “heritage cooking at its best,” coming from her family’s soul food restaurant in South Carolina. She enjoys bringing that ideal to the world of authentic Italian cooking.

In her “free time,” she is the vice president of a non profit women’s organization called “Inspired by You, Women on the Move.” The goals of the group are to support, encourage, and raise resources to help women become successful in their own business.

Bar Manager Jason Luque

Jason has been a part of the Mezza family since 2008. As bar manager, he is a master of our wine and spirits and is a wealth of knowledge. When Jason is not here, you can find him out on his bike in any corner of the world!