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Mozzeria%20Owners.jpgWhat you don't know about Mozzeria (3228 16th St.) the Mission's newest Neapolitan pizza joint—is that the restaurant is almost entirely built and run by the deaf. KQED has an ASL interview with deaf owners Melody and Russell Stein, discovering a deaf electrician, deaf wood refinishers, and deaf woodworker helped lay the groundwork for the restaurant's 5,000 pound Stefano Ferrara wood-burning oven. The "hearing" will notice some small differences inside: "Their big screen TV will have its captions on permanently, emergency lights will be strobe-enabled and flashing light signals will alert them when the phone rings or someone is at the door." Mozzeria, the "first deaf-owned restaurant in a major city," will open on Dec. 9. [KQED]

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