TAMPA — It happened again. Celebrated and controversial bay area chef Domenica Macchia has moved on. Hired in September to head up the kitchen at Dough, the bakery project next to Datz, she walked out of work Saturday after a disagreement, said owner Suzanne Perry.
Having done stints at Redwoods, MJ's, Diner 437, BellaBrava, Shackleton's Folly, Three Birds Tavern and Beak's, all in St. Petersburg, Macchia's employment at Dough marked the first time she worked across the bridge. Due to a noncompete contract she signed with Three Birds owners Robin and Jack King, she had been legally prohibited from working in Pinellas restaurants until February 2014.
Sunday's disagreement over dirty catering dishes was the first time they had had direct conflict, Perry said, adding that Dough hadn't quite found the right menu configuration at dinner time despite a growing lunch business.
Macchia's recollection Monday of Saturday's events was different from Perry's. "I was very sick (and) finished up parties and decided it was best to go home." Perry says this was the first she heard of Macchia's illness.