Creating Smiles One Taco At A Time
At Turco Taco, Our Philosophy is, the choices we make about the food we eat, and where it comes from, has a direct impact on our health and the environment. Therefore, we are committed to serving the freshest, organic locally grown produce with hormone and antibiotic free premium meats. Eating good food shouldn't be hard, that's why we are happy to accommodate many dietary restrictions. (Gluten free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Keto)
What does Turco mean? Turco is a term commonly used in South and Central America that labels all Middle Eastern and Turkish immigrants.
Why does the restaurant carry the name Turco? Our concept is based on cooking our meat on a vertical rotisserie. This technique was invented by the Ottoman's in Turkiye during the 18th century and brought to South and Central America by the Turkish and Lebanese immigrants (called Turco) after the fall of the Ottoman empire in the early 1900’s. These Turco immigrants settled in Mexico and brought their cooking techniques and flavors to that part of the world.
At Turco Taco, we incorporate the Turco style brought to Mexico with an innovative edge. We believe in serving only premium hormone and antibiotic free meats which are then slowly roasted on the vertical rotisserie. Our unique flavors are created by using Mediterranean spices that delivers a mouth-watering experience.
Our commitment to being allergy conscious and allergy friendly is mirrored through our menu.
Turco Taco’s environmentally friendly commitment is our contribution to the future generations and lowering the world pollution. We use 100% bio-degradable boxes.
Yavuz "Oz" Ozturk
Yavuz “Oz” Ozturk imigrated to America in 2001 in search of the American dream. He began his humble beginnings as a busboy. As his english improved he was promoted to server. He then entered into a partnership at a local diner in New Jersey, where he continued to learn all aspects of the business and became proficient in all positions.
After years of hard work and determination, in 2009 Oz partnered in an upscale fine dining Greek restaurant in Sydney, Australia. In 2011, he returned to the U.S. and worked in several of the most respected restaurants in Naples, FL including 1500 South, celebrity chef, Art Smith’s venue.
During his restaurant experience, Oz owned and operated Bondi Fresh, a beach front juice and smoothie QSR that offered healthy salads and sandwiches on Bondi Beach, Australia. This venture intrigued the growing interest in turning to a more health-conscious lifestyle for him and his family and inspired him to co-found Turco Taco in June, 2019.
Ivica “Ivo” Milanoski was born and raised in Macedonia, where his hospitality experience began, during his high school years. While working his way through college, he worked in every position from dishwasher to managing partner. During Ivo's career he has worked as front and back of the house employee, at some of the finest restaurants and resorts in Europe.
Ivo moved to the U.S. in 2008, to join a large food, beverage, and entertainment company, as part of the human resources management team. In 2010, he moved to Naples, where he attended graduate school at Florida Gulf Coast University. He has since worked at some of the finest restaurants in town.
Ivo’s passion for fine food, wine and spirits is reflected among several wine and cocktail programs and restaurant menus in Florida, Macedonia, and Greece. He continued to build upon his restaurant knowledge while working at some of the finest restaurants in Naples and surrounding areas before he co-founded Turco Taco in June, 2019.