Pizzeria With All-Deaf Staff Featured in National "Small Business Revolution"

publication date: Sep 10, 2015

The "Small Business Revolution" – a national campaign that’s seeking out the country's most compelling small businesses – is turning the national spotlight on a unique pizzeria that's staffed entirely by deaf employees.

Mozzeria is a one-of-a-kind pizzeria in San Francisco where hard-working staff communicate with their hands, instead of using words. That's because Mozzeria's entire staff – including owners Melody and Russell Stein – are deaf.

Melody and Russell Stein were determined to open a world-class pizzeria – and as with everything else in life, they weren't going to let being deaf get in the way, even despite San Francisco's high rent and stiff competition. They headed to Italy to study the art of pizza making and, upon returning home, opened Mozzeria in San Francisco.

Mozzeria's unique and inspirational story is featured in this brand-new, six-minute short film. The video captures the challenges and rewards of the Steins' journey. It illustrates how working at Mozzeria has changed the lives of its deaf employees and patrons – while also showing how hearing customers, who comprise more than 90 percent of the restaurant's traffic, are ecstatic about the experience. They're also ecstatic about the pizza; in fact, Zagat named Mozzeria's Peking Duck pizza one of the 10 best dishes in the entire Bay Area.

In all, the Small Business Revolution will showcase 100 small businesses at SmallBusinessRevolution.org. Separately, the project will also award $25,000 to one small business later this year. Anyone can nominate his or her favorite local business, and “Shark Tank” star Robert Herjavec will help select the winner.