June 7, 2018 By Tara Law
Forest Hills Italian restaurant Tazzina, which is owned by “Chopped” winner Jason Zukas, will close on June 30.
The restaurant announced the impending closure via a Facebook post Wednesday, saying that slow business, “huge problems with the landlord,” and a changing neighborhood had contributed to the decision to shut down.
Tazzina has been operating at 102-15 Metropolitan Ave. since 2014, after moving from Glendale.
Tazinna serves contemporary takes on Italian dishes, including pastas, antipasti and fish. Zukas, the chef and owner, became a minor celebrity after winning the second season of popular Food Network show Chopped in 2009.
The Facebook post, which was likely written by Zukas, said that the restaurant is searching for a new location.
“This is not the end of Tazzina, just a little time out until I find the right spot again,” the message said.
The post also thanked Tazzina’s customers for their support over the years.
“We’ve had some great times in these 4 years here and made so many new friends,” it said. “So please join us this month to say goodbye and enjoy some Tazzina’s classic dishes.”
Zukas did not immediately respond to a request for comment.