Locale90 is a South Bay Neapolitan pizzeria with a catering and events division. Owner Jennifer Mentesana and her husband, John, opened their business in 2014. Jennifer, who grew up in Palos Verdes, has more than 30 years of experience in restaurants and catering.
What makes you unique in the South Bay’s hub of delicious food?
“While we have high-quality, delicious food, we are not fancy. We are the casual but current, more sophisticated option for local pizza. We have fantastic locations and atmosphere. For us, the most important thing is that our guests walk away feeling like they had an amazing experience and great food without having to spend a fortune.”
What challenges are specific to your industry?
“It is no secret that the restaurant business is tough. It is often difficult to gauge what works and what doesn’t. Change in seasonality, consistency of staff, rising rents and staying on the cutting-edge of what’s happening in food in our area are some of the big challenges. One minute you are the hot new restaurant in town, and the next minute there are two more places right down the street that you are competing with.”
How has having a coach influenced your success?
“Once we opened our second location and our catering and events business started to take off, we were overwhelmed. As a mother of three and a motivated businesswoman, I was challenged with the age-old issue of balance. My business coach has been instrumental in helping me understand where my talents, skills and time are best spent so that I can make the best use of my time. Optimizing our strengths and learning how to effectively delegate is the greatest gift we can give ourselves as women in business!”
What do you see for the future of Locale90?
“Operating a small business in the South Bay has given us the potential to grow beyond the Beach Cities. We look forward to opening more locations beyond the South Bay and becoming the favorite local neighborhood pizzeria of the next generation.”
What projects do you support to help those in need?
“Although we donate to many local charities including Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Richstone Family Center, Sandpipers and Walk With Sally, the Palos Verdes School Gardens program is very close to our heart. It is an educational food and garden program offered in schools throughout the South Bay. We have been a community partner since 2014, hosting fundraising events and using the produce the children harvest for our food!”