Originally Published: January 15, 2013 9:45 p.m.
PRESCOTT - Two Mamas' Gourmet Pizza has built up a base of local residents after the owners bought the former Mama Eddas Gourmet Pizza this past March and renamed it.
"We get more local business than we do tourists," part-owner Cindy Weaver said. "I think when we focus on local people we will be more successful."
Weaver and fellow on-site part-owner Denise Edmonson have added sandwiches and pasta dishes under the ownership change.
They and their husbands, Pete Weaver and Lyndon Edmonson, renamed the eatery at 221 N. Cortez St. so they eventually can expand to nearby communities, Pete said. The two wives basically run the restaurant.
Running a restaurant has been a dream come true for Cindy Weaver, who is an assistant to her husband in their real estate business, the Weaver Team.
"We have always wanted to be in the restaurant business," she said. During her 20s, she owned and managed a restaurant in Pennsylvania.
"I like cooking," she said. "I love to cook."
Her partner, Denise, came to the restaurant field after retiring from a 28-year stint in the escrow and title insurance field. Pete said he does part-time maintenance at Two Mamas' while Lyndon does the computer work and handles the back office.
The couples take pride in the food, which includes appetizers, salads, calzones, pasta dishes, pizzas and cannoli.
"We make our own pizza sauce," Cindy said. "Our own (pizza) dough is made fresh here."
Pete said, "Our absolute No. 1 product is pizza."
The pizza pleases the palate of Di Ann Norkus, who patronizes Two Mamas' once a week and is a Prescott Realtor.
"I like the fact that it is quick," Norkus said during her lunch break this past Thursday. "I can get a delicious, piping-hot slice of pizza anyway I like it and in just a matter of minutes."
Two Mamas' seats a maximum of 48 people, and the owners recommend reservations for parties of eight or more people on weekends.
Besides serving meals on the premises, they supply pizzas to corporate parties and school events. Two Mamas' also sponsors the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo and the Prescott Idol contest, and is active in Prescott Area Independents, which represents restaurants and bars.
The couples also have implemented pre-employment screening for drugs and alcohol, and conduct random drug tests after employees are hired.
"The bottom line is we want to have a safe work environment for the employees and customers," Pete said.
Two Mamas' has winter hours from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, log onto www.twomamaspizza.com or call 443-9455.