Best of the Fest: Outside Lands 2018

Prepared by an all deaf staff from an awesome truck, this pie was the surprise of the fest. The crust was PERFECTLY crispy without being burnt and I could have chugged a cup of the perfectly balanced tomato sauce. The spice level of the solume was everything I wanted and more and it was that extra zing that put this pizza at the top of the standings.  

The 16 Essential Pizza Places in San Francisco

The dining room at Mozzeria is built around the beautiful, 5,000 pound Stefano Ferrara oven which means you get to watch as your Neapolitan pizza is prepared and cooked. In 2016, the restaurant expanded to a mobile food truck and, today, the team is looking to expand as a national franchise. When you eat at any Mozzeria outpost, you get to enjoy one of San Francisco’s best pizzas and support a fully deaf-owned and operated business!

Best Italian Restaurants in San Francisco

The wood-fired pizza is “wonderful” at this “terrific” Mission Italian with “unique”, “engaging” service by a mostly deaf staff; visitors say they “value the challenge of communicating fully in a new way” (iPad or pen and pad are available), as well as the “quiet” environs, but the food is why they “keep going back.”

The Biggest Slice from a Most Unique Establishment

In 2011, Mozzeria opened its doors to San Franciscans in search of delicious Neapolitan pizza. Many customers enter Mozzeria without knowing that its owners, Melody and Russ Stein, and staff are all Deaf, and the founders have created innovative methods to ensure that everyone understands one another.

In December 2017, Mozzeria became the first-ever business partner of the Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) Social Venture Fund, with the goal to expand the brand into the first-ever Deaf-owned franchise. Melody Stein reflects on the successes and challenges of building the successful local pizzeria as they begin their nationwide expansion:

This Venture Fund Invests In Deaf-Owned And Deaf-Run Companies

Melody Stein and her husband Russ co-own and operate Mozzeria, a wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District. Since opening in late 2011, the place has become a critical darling with additional catering, delivery, and food truck services.

Also, the Steins and all of their 15 or so employees are deaf. The sad truth is that makes their operation very unique. More than 70% of deaf Americans have trouble gaining full-time employment. So in December 2017, Mozzeria secured backing from a new kind of investor to start franchising.

The Pizza Show - Bay Area (Video with Captions)


The Bay Area is all about great produce, and there’s no better canvas to feature it on than pizza. From SF to Napa, we’re trying some of the best pizza Nor Cal has to offer.

How a Deaf-Owned Restaurant is Hoping to Change the Service Industry, One Franchise at a Time

I have always dreamed of opening a restaurant.

Both my parents owned restaurants in Hong Kong and San Francisco, so it was natural that I wanted to open a restaurant of my own. I began studying hospitality management, and eventually met my husband, Russ, at Gallaudet University. On our first date, we spent all our time in restaurants and bars, starting with Italian and ending with breakfast at a Greek diner at 2 am.

Little did we know we would end up opening Mozzeria, a Neapolitan-style pizzeria and San Francisco’s first Deaf-owned restaurant, one of just a few in the United States. Russ and I are both Deaf, so it was important for us to create an inclusive experience for all of our guests.


Essential guide to San Francisco

Famous for its vintage streetcars, sourdough bread bowls and laid-back vibe, San Francisco is one of the most interesting cities in the United States. Its steep and winding streets are not for the faint-hearted, fortunately you can hop on a streetcar or cable car and simply take in the sights.

For those who are curious to find out more about San Francisco, we’ve created an interactive map to show you around the city! Highlighting some of the city’s top attractions and restaurants, this map provides a comprehensive guide to your visit San Francisco, including the city’s historic streetcar and cable car lines. Hover over the icons to find out more about the restaurants and attractions.

Shift Pizza Club’s Top Ten SF Pizza Rankings

We run our Pizza Club the way we run our business – customer-centric, data-driven, and review-based.

Fridays at Shift are known for Pizza Club. Once the smell of fresh pizza hits, Pizza Club members come together to enjoy slices from a chosen pizzeria around San Francisco. Lively debate centers around life and pizza – what people think about the pizza, whether calzones count as pizzas (unclear), or whether we’ll ever gain enough consensus to order a Hawaiian pizza again (unlikely).

Today was our 34th meeting since our first gathering on 4/21/2017. In honor of National Pizza Day, we wanted to share our journey across 27 different pizzerias and counting.


‘ItzFun’ and Ear-Friendly Restaurants

Lend an Ear, a Seattle-based organization committed to creating an ear-friendly world one community at a time, launched an ear-friendly certification program, aimed at helping consumers better select establishments to frequent based on noise levels. The launch coincides with the announcement that San Francisco-based Mozzeria, a pizzeria whose owners Melody and Russ Stein are deaf,  is the first establishment to be recognized with the ear-friendly certification.