This place is unique for a couple of reasons.  First, Melody and Russ Stein are the owners, and they have mostly Deaf employees and used several Deaf contractors to help get the business up and running.  Second, Melody and Russ come from very different culinary walks of life.  Russ is from New York, where some of the best pizza in the country is made.  Melody is Chinese by nationality, and studied the art of pizza and pasta in Italy.  Melody went to school at Rochester Institute of Technology and later transferred to Gallaudet, where she met Russ.  Both of these schools are very well-known in the Deaf community.