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New Pizzeria Hits River City

By Ruben Tuesday, Citizen Journalist –

MASON CITY – Mason City’s inventory of locally owned restaurants just got a little bit bigger and a little bit better.

If you’re looking for something different, and are into supporting local home grown businesses this might be the place for you. Co-owners Michael Holzman and Dan Koch opened Olive’s Pizzeria at 620 S. Monroe Ave., just west of Shopko.  The restaurant opened on January 9th.

Dan and Michael met while they worked together at Community Motors. Michael’s family was in the auto business as he grew up, and has known the Skarlis family for almost his entire life.  Dan, who is from Hawkeye, Iowa located in the Northeast part of the state, grew up on a dairy farm and has a background in agriculture.  While at Community Motors, Michael and Dan discovered that their passions in life were pretty compatible. Dan, who was interested in owning his own business, and Michael’s passion of being around and cooking great food, went hand and hand.

Michael spent three years in Palm Springs, CA in the restaurant business where he learned the Italian art of pizza making, with brothers Jimmy Caci and Bobby Milano.

Fun fact: Mike and Dan didn’t ask for any financial help or assistance from the city and employ five people.

The Pizzeria’s Kitchen Hours: Mon-Tue 11am to 7pm, Wed-Fri 11am to 9pm, Sat 4pm to 9pm.

Closed Sun. but available for private parties.

Check em’ out on Facebook.

What they are saying: “A few bro’s and myself stopped by Olive’s Pizzeria Friday night. First off the bro’s and I dig the locale of the Pizzeria, it’s refreshing not having to drive halfway to Clear Lake. The music in the Pizzeria is pretty dope! From Sinatra to The Doors, we were feeling it. We ordered and slammed two 16inch NY style pies. Olive’s pies are also available for all the bro’s, doe’s and peeps on the run, with a special take n’ bake dough. All pizza’s at Olive’s feature 100% grande cheese, fresh veggies and quality meat.  Might I add, we all enjoyed the Zaa, and will be back for more. ”

 Olive’s Pizzeria’s stats: 

Awesome location.

Juke box.

Pizza pasta and far more. (salads)

Gnarly lunch deal, two slices and a 24oz soda for $5.35.

Beverages, micro brews, beer on tap, wine and sodas.

Gluten free dough.

Brick lined oven.

Hand Crafted – Take n’ Bake.

100% Grande Cheese and fresh veggies.

Locally owned.

Phone ahead or Take n’ Bake (641) 423-1550.

Contact Olive’s Pizzeria, Email

(PHOTO) Dan Koch (Cook) – left  and Michael Holzman – right:

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