**In celebration of Women’s History Month, I’ll be posting about women in the pizza community every few days this month. The pizza biz is pretty male-dominated, so let’s take this opportunity to throw the spotlight onto some of the women who are doing amazing work in the pizza world. This post comes to us via Liz Barrett, author of Pizza: A Slice of American History, and PMQ Magazine.
(Article previously published/courtesy of PMQ Pizza Magazine – PMQ.com)
The women of Joseph’s Pizza in Jacksonville and Atlantic Beach, Florida-based Joseph’s Pizza are carrying on a tradition that their father Joseph began.
Co-owner Susie Bateh says she was born into the industry. “My father, Joseph, moved from California to Florida and bought into pizza when I was about five years old. He purchased Joseph’s Pizza, which had been established since 1956, and my father’s name just happened to be Joseph. I started working in the restaurant at a young age.”
Joseph’s Pizza still uses the same recipe from the 1950s and Susie says that high-quality ingredients and low food cost are the keys to the family’s success.
As for being a woman in the pizza industry, Susie says, “I think women are better at managing staff and understanding their issues with empathy but being firm as a boss when needed. I think there is an emotional connection; we’re more sympathetic to the needs of the customers, staff and community.”
Visit the women of Joseph’s Pizza any day but Monday:
7316 N. Main St.,
Jacksonville, FL 32208
30 Ocean Blvd.,
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233