Melody Stein is a second generation restaurant owner, and spent a year studying pizza-making in Italy to perfect her method. She and her husband, Russ Stein, opened a pizzeria in the Mission area of San Francisco in 2011. Melody was born in Hong Kong and moved with her family to San Francisco when she was 6 years old. She has one younger brother, Joseph, who is also deaf. As a deaf person who wanted to open a restaurant to serve customers, both hearing or deaf, her goal is to hire deaf professionals, whenever possible. She knows how hard it is for them to find jobs in professions that are resistant to hiring them. She experienced the same thing herself, and in launching the restaurant, she wants people to see that deaf people are talented professionals who are capable of doing their jobs. Visit to learn more about the restaurant!