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Faces


Niall and Nancy Falloon

Owners

Niall and Nancy were partners in Mezza Luna before becoming sole owners in November 2007. Prior to that, they owned a successful craft gallery, Hibernia, that was a beaches fixture for eighteen years and before that both had restaurant experience. Nancy helped her niece open the area’s first serious vegetarian restaurant and Niall owned and operated a four star hotel in Ireland. In April 2014 they decided on the name change to Mezza Restaurant and Bar and the move to embrace more culinary influences than simply Italian.


Eric Encinosa

Head Chef

Eric has been an established chef in the Beaches area for almost 25 years.  He has been a part of the Mezza family for the past 9 years, and has just recently been promoted from Sous Chef to Head Chef.  Eric is best known for creating exciting dishes in a high pressure kitchen, while making it all look easy. In his free time, you will find him behind his custom built backyard smoker, preparing a variety of meats, game, and fish.


Matt Kemper

Sous Chef

Also a well known figure in the Beaches culinary community, Matt is our newly appointed Sous Chef.  Matt has a passion for everything to do with chiles, coconut, and exotic cuts of meat, although not necessarily all together! His previous work includes long term chef positions with the original owners of KC Crave. We are delighted he has agreed to join the Mezza team!


Beth Ann Encinosa

General Manager

Beth Ann is a native of Syracuse, New York. She moved to Jacksonville after a number of years in Atlanta where she was a mainstay at Vickery’s Bar and Grill in Midtown. On moving to Jacksonville, she sought out a similar place to work and, lucky for us, found Mezza. After eight years working her way through the ranks, Beth Ann is now our General Manager and is a priceless asset in keeping the restaurant running smoothly.


General Staff