MAFIAoZA’s Pizzeria and Neighborhood Pub announces that The Don is now hiring for the brand-new MAFIAoZA’s at The Factory for line cooks, pizza throwers, servers, bartenders, hostesses, dishwashers. You can apply in person Monday, November 14 – Thursday, November 17 from 9 am- 5 pm at 230 Franklin Road, right in front of The Factory at Franklin. Or send your resume to

MAFIAoZA’s Pizzeria and Neighborhood Pub Franklin will be the third MAFIAoZA’s location for long-time partners Michael Dolan, Lars Kopperud and Brett Corrieri. MAFIAoZA’s has been a popular favorite on the dining scene since opening its doors in Nashville’s 12South area in 2003 and Birmingham’s Crestline Village in 2008.

The new MAFIAoZA’s Franklin location will be approximately 10,000 square feet and will feature a renovated upstairs roof patio and new downstairs patio that overlooks one of the Factory’s courtyard areas. The new space will also have a new front courtyard patio area with renovated bars both upstairs and downstairs. In addition, plans are to renovate the existing space to add a new roof over the upstairs patio area.

MAFIAoZA’s told us they will be announcing their grand opening date and plans at a future time.

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  1. I am Italian. I moved to the USA in 1998. Recently I noticed an Italian pizzeria whose name I consider very offensive, MAFIAoZA’s (misspelled) Pizzeria. I am very negatively impressed by the choice of this name for an Italian pizzeria. I find it especially disrespectful and of bad taste. With all the beautiful things we have in Italy they chose the name of a criminal organization that has killed hundreds, if not thousands, of people, including policemen giving their lives to fight it, judges with their wives, or kids dissolved in acid. The restaurant puts emphasis on the family. But Mafia is not family, they do not value family, they are ferocious criminals. The pizzeria uses all this Mafia related names in their menu, innuendos that are not even close to be funny or cute.
    I feel really offended. They are now advertising the opening of a new pizzeria in Franklin (where I live), or is it Nashville?, saying that the Don is hiring!!! The Don? Seriously?! I wonder how you would take it if I opened an American hamburger place in Italy and called it “The Ku Klux Klan”, and would say “come, the Imperial Kleagle is hiring”! Or, I could call it “The Crips” and say “Raymond Washington will interview you”.
    I would like to know how they thought that Mafiaoza (misspelled) was a good name for an Italian pizzeria. I know they will not change it, even if I’m hoping it will happen, but I’m boycotting them and telling everyone I meet of their bad taste in choosing their restaurant name. And I always use the Ku Klux Klan or the Crips example to make my point!
    I already wrote them three times, but never received an answer.

    Every time I drive and I see their advertising and read the (misspelled) name, I feel pain in my heart and shame for them.

    Apparently I’m not the only one thinking that the world “Mafia”, and it’s derivatives, should stay out of restaurants names.

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