There are a lot of pizza joints out there, but nothing like Mozzeria, which is owned, managed and entirely staffed by people who are deaf. Located in San Francisco’s Mission District and open since 2011, it’s been designed with franchising in mind so the concept can be replicated and brought to other cities to help address chronic unemployment and underemployment in America’s deaf community one slice at a time.

Mozzeria first opened in 2011, and its Yelp reviews alone are a revelation. Customers comment on the unique Peking duck pizza and the usuals like ambiance and service, but the best stuff is from those who realize the significance and rarity of this restaurant. It attracts college students learning ASL, deaf people surprised with a visit by family and friends, and countless others who place themselves on a spectrum ranging from “cool” to “humbled.”