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: