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About Turco Taco

It all began as a dream many years ago.......

Yavuz "Oz" Ozturk came to America in 2001 in search of the American dream. He began his humble beginnings as a bus boy, then worked his way up to a server, as his English improved. With a strong drive to succeed, he entered into a partnership at a busy local diner in New Jersey. He continued to learn all aspects of the business and became proficient in all positions.

 

Working from the bottom up, as an immigrant from Turkey, it was not always easy to adapt. However in 2009, Oz was presented the offer to relocate to Sydney, Australia with his young family, to partner in an upscale fine dining Greek restaurant. This gave Oz the opportunity to continue to build upon his knowledge and learn everything there is to run a successful quality upscale restaurant.

In 2011, he returned back to America and relocated to Naples, FL were he worked in several of the most respected restaurants. The opportunity to work for the famous chef Art Smith came in 2015, before deciding to move back to Sydney in late 2016.

 

Oz owned and operated Bondi Fresh, a high volume juice and smoothie shop that offered healthy salads and sandwiches. This venture intrigued the growing interest in turning to a more health conscious lifestyle. The importance in a healthy lifestyle, is something that Oz and his family are passionate for and will continue to nourish. It is with this passion, he returned to Naples to open Turco Taco and share healthy food that is dear to his heart and culture.  

 

Oz has experienced great success and some set-backs throughout his career. However, he is proud to present Naples with a concept that is the driving force of his creative restauranteur ambitions. We look forward to meeting you at Turco Taco and sharing our taco culture!  

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 manager, at some of the best five star resorts in Greece.

Ivo moved to the U.S. in 2008, to join a large food, beverage, and entertainment company, as a human resources district manager. 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 wine and spirits is reflected among several wine and cocktail programs in Florida, Macedonia, and Greece. He continued to build upon his restaurant knowledge as one of the opening crew members of the famous contemporary Mexican restaurant Masa, where he discovered the secrets and insights of the fine Mexican cuisine.

 

Most recently, he has been with one of the most prominent restaurant groups in Naples, holding various management positions. His commitment to influence in the dining scene in Florida is what sets our restaurant apart from the competition.