by Casey Broughton
Recently, the museum and visitor centre staff had a pizza party lunch, giving us a chance to try some of Mr. Mozzarella’s pizza. We indulged in their Mona Lisa, Philly Cheese Steak, and Deli pizzas. They were loaded with flavour, and incredibly filling! All Their pizzas are baked to perfection in a traditional gas oven. They are an innovator in the Okanagan pizza scene, being among the one of the first to introduce a gluten-free pizza, and are now looking into a dairy-free “cheese”. They were also voted as one of the “Best Pizza” restaurants for the Reader’s Choice Award, as published in the Okanagan Life June 2018 issue.
Though originally founded in Ottawa, where 8 franchises are still thriving, all locations in Kelowna & West Kelowna are all locally owned and operated. Mr. Mozzarella strives to be locally focused; they source local vegetables as much as possible, basil from the Pure Basil farm on Benvoulin Road, and even custom formulated meats from Helmut’s Sausage Kitchen in Kelowna. As one of the owners says, “We … want to support the community that supports us.”
This view extends to the treatment of their employees too. They strive to pay all employees a living wage, and, unusually for the industry, even offer a benefits package, the expense of which reinforces their faith that their employees are driving their success. This emphasis on employee satisfaction is perhaps why they retain employees so well even in an industry with such high turnover; one employee has been with the company longer than some of the owners!
The company is also charitable they have donated to the Heart Radiothon (half of a full day’s gross sales) and participated in many smaller initiatives including stocking food banks, donating gift cards, helping out local schools, and being a Westbank Museum Corporate Member. The owners can be found in all locations meeting with customers, as well as being social online with contests and random draws for free pizza (so keep an eye on their social media)!
Mr. Mozzarella believes in customer appreciation & provides complimentary loyalty rewards in which you receive FREE redemption towards your favourite food, as they have a wide variety of signature pizzas, wings, pasta, salads, and appetizers.
One of our museum employees was invited into the kitchen to check out the production process and was impressed. Mr. Mozzarella has a huge emphasis on prep work and food safety. The dough is made fresh and hand rolled by employees every day, complemented by freshly made sauce. As mentioned before, vegetables are local and fresh and the pepperoni is specially made exclusively for Mr. Mozzarella. Their chicken wings are also a must-try; they are hand marinated and oven baked before being fried. The work is definitely worth it though; they are delicious!
You can find Mr. Mozzarella at:
216-3645 Gosset Rd, West Kelowna, BC V4T 2N8
Phone: (250) 768-9900
Check out their website here: https://mrmozzarellapizza.com/