New Pizza Shop Aids People With Developmental Disabilities

“Pizza lovers have a new vegetarian and kosher pizza shop in West Hartford. “Taste of Life,” run by caterer Yosi Awad, is open two nights a week from the kitchen at Beth David Synagogue. Don’t let the “kosher” designation throw you; this pizza is for anyone who loves great crust and heavenly sauces,” according to the Hartford Courant.

“Diners can choose their favorite toppings or go for the two signature pies: Mediterranean (feta, onions, tomatoes, olives, mozzarella, and garlic sauce), or the Veggie Lover’s pizza (peppers, onions, tomatoes, eggplant, mushrooms, and broccoli).

“I think this is the best pizza in the area,” said one diner who doesn’t keep kosher. She particularly liked the red sauce, but the restaurant also offers garlic butter sauce and a creamy white sauce. Her friend added, “this is pizza worth breaking your diet for.”

“Taste of Life” does more than serve pizza; it offers jobs to young people with developmental disabilities such as autism. They often have difficulties finding jobs even though they are good workers. Although the pizza is baked by professional chefs, the young people help out and learn the business.”