If you are hungry for pizza, but want to enjoy it in the comfort of your own home, Mozzarelli’s Take-N-Bake Pizza now offers that option.
Mozzarelli’s recently opened for business and is offering pizzas that are made using local flavors and products.
Owned by Joel and Tammy Heinen and Randy and Lisa Gill, the business offers a variety of pizzas and bread items.
This is a second business venture for the Heinens and Gills, who also own Candyman Vending. The full-line vending service has offered sandwiches, pop and other items to area businesses for 16 years.
Lisa said they opened the new business because they were looking for a new business opportunity.
Customers can choose from three different-sized pizzas, a hand-tossed or thin crust, and either a red or white sauce flavor. The menu lists nine specialty pizzas and customers can also create their own.
Joel said the St. Joseph Meat Market is already making a specialty sausage for their sausage pizza. Randy said they are using fresh vegetable ingredients, purchased locally, and are hand-cutting their onions, green peppers and tomatoes.
“We are the home-town pizza for Joe Town,” Joel said.
“We are a family-owned and -operated business,” Randy said.
Joel Heinen attended St. Cloud Technical College to study the appliance and refrigeration business. He said the technical college is where he became interested in the vending business.
The Heinens have been married for 22 years and have two teenage daughters – Ashley, 16; and Nicole, 13. The Gills have been married for 22 years and have one son – Brandon, 13.
The Heinens and Gills plan to employ four employees at Mozzarelli’s. Joel said they will be working the business themselves at first and then plan to introduce their children to the business and hope to offer them a place to begin their working careers.
So far, Joel said customers are offering a lot of positive feedback about their pizzas. He said the first pizzas they sold, on the day they opened for business, were sold to a couple from Cold Spring. The wife of the couple later called to tell them how delicious the pizza they had eaten was.
Located at 235 Cedar St. E., the business is open 2-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. The phone number for Mozzarelli’s Pizza is 320-363-4431.