July 20, 2018
New Dining and Coffee Options, Pure and Tazza D’Oro, Open at the Tepper Quad
As students returned last week, walking across the plush, green lawn through a soaring five-story high atrium to kick off Mini-6 in the new Tepper Quad building, they were greeted by the newly opened Rohr Commons on the main floor.
The cafeteria in the new building features a coffee counter operated by Tazza D’Oro, a Highland Park-based coffee shop that also operates a café at the Gates Center on Carnegie Mellon University’s campus. In addition to coffee and espresso beverages, the menu includes locally sourced breakfast and lunch sandwiches, pastries, and desserts.
Behind Tazza D’Oro is a marketplace operated by AVI Foodsystems Inc., which already maintains a presence at the university operating vending machines across campus. This café will be the first university dining program to feature “AVI Pure,” an initiative focused on natural ingredients and sustainable operations.
“AVI will feature foods in the Tepper Quad marketplace that are free of artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, and the use of antibiotics and growth hormones,” said John Coker, chief creative officer at AVI, in a September 2016 announcement of the selection.
Mauro Moretto, a third-year economics Ph.D. student said, “I like the coffee, and I like that there are healthier choices here. I appreciate the fact that I can get a chicken bowl with quinoa instead of just having a couple sandwiches.”
Features of the marketplace include The Carvery, a deli featuring gourmet selections or made-to-order sandwiches; The Met, a grill with specialty burgers including vegetarian options; Trattoria, a brick oven pizzeria with woodstone-fired pizzas; Sprout, an organic salad bar; and Fresh to GO!, quick salads, sandwiches, or snacks that are portable and located in the Fresh to GO! case.
In a June 2018 announcement in advance of the café’s opening, Carnegie Mellon Director of Dining Services Pascal Petter said, “With an open kitchen environment and a menu prepared with the highest quality ingredients, Rohr Commons featuring Pure and Tazza D’Oro offers an interactive and customized culinary experience, while promoting a healthy approach to food, the community, and the environment.”
In addition to praising the quality of the food, students admired the look and feel of the Rohr Commons. “It doesn’t look like a campus eatery; it looks like a cafeteria in an upscale mall. It’s very sleek,” said Zeja Copes, a sophomore art and creative writing major.
As Carnegie Mellon prepares to welcome the university community to the Tepper Quad this fall, students and visitors to campus will continue to find their way to the new café, located immediately adjacent to the main atrium between the graduate and undergraduate wings of the building.