Interior of Mozzeria; photo courtesy of Mozzeria.
Due to open this Friday December 9th is ~MOZZERIA~ in the former Il Cantuccio space in the Mission from the husband-and-wife team of Russell and Melody Stein. The modern Italian menu will feature both traditional and non-traditional pizzas (including one with roast duck, hoisin sauce, and green onion), and an array of small dishes, salads, and pastas highlighting local ingredients sourced from farmers’ markets (you can view the opening menu here). Proprietor Melody Stein recently returned from an extensive study tour in Italy, where she took cooking classes in Rome, Sorrento, and Positano; she will be working closely with her lead cook, Justin Belluomini.
A very informative (and interesting) piece on Bay Area Bites revealed the owners are deaf, and shared some details on the owners’ backgrounds and the project, including their commitment to hiring deaf workers and artisans when possible. The 49-seat restaurant features an imported wood-burning oven from Italy (a 5,000-pound Stefano Ferrara oven), and it ends up the 100-year-old hardwood floors were revealed during construction. There will also be a wine bar, featuring Californian and Italian wines, along with local beers on tap, and vintage sodas. Open for dinner Sun and Tue-Thu 5:30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11pm; weekend brunch begins Sunday January 1st.