Dayton wood-fired pizza food truck wins award, celebrates 10 years

Bella Sorella Pizza, owned by sisters Elizabeth Corrado Weizman and Gail Corrado Okafor of Dayton, won the BBB’s Torch Award for Ethics.

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Bella Sorella Pizza, owned by sisters Elizabeth Corrado Weizman and Gail Corrado Okafor of Dayton, won the BBB’s Torch Award for Ethics.

The first and only wood-fired pizza food truck in Dayton has won an award from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for their hard work and determination in creating trust with the community as they celebrate 10 years in business.

Bella Sorella Pizza, owned by sisters Elizabeth Corrado Weizman and Gail Corrado Okafor of Dayton, won the BBB’s Torch Award for Ethics.

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Elizabeth Corrado Weizman (left) and Gail Corrado Okafor (right) are sisters and the founders of Bella Sorella, a wood-fired pizza food truck in Dayton.

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Elizabeth Corrado Weizman (left) and Gail Corrado Okafor (right) are sisters and the founders of Bella Sorella, a wood-fired pizza food truck in Dayton.

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Elizabeth Corrado Weizman (left) and Gail Corrado Okafor (right) are sisters and the founders of Bella Sorella, a wood-fired pizza food truck in Dayton.

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Credit: Submitted Photo

“It’s been challenging the last couple of years,” Weizman said. “It was really great for us to experience something so positive.”

The Torch Award for Ethics recognizes businesses annually that are doing things right and meeting the highest standards of excellence, John North, president and CEO of the BBB serving Dayton and the Miami Valley explained.

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He said hundreds of business were nominated and over a dozen completed the nomination application process.

“Business success just doesn’t happen,” North said. “It takes hard work and determination, but it also takes a reputation of quality, follow-through and treating their customers and employees the right way. Bella Sorella is a shining example and really embodies the BBB’s mission of advancing business trust.”

North explained that the BBB saw first hand how Bella Sorella treats their clients and employees.

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Bella Sorella, a wood-fired pizza food truck in Dayton, has won an award from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for their hard work and determination in creating trust with the community as they celebrate 10 years in business.

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Bella Sorella, a wood-fired pizza food truck in Dayton, has won an award from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for their hard work and determination in creating trust with the community as they celebrate 10 years in business.

Credit: Submitted Photo

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Bella Sorella, a wood-fired pizza food truck in Dayton, has won an award from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for their hard work and determination in creating trust with the community as they celebrate 10 years in business.

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Credit: Submitted Photo

The idea behind Bella Sorella was born 15 to 18 years ago when Weizman’s husband built a wood-fired pizza oven on their farm.

“We had friends over all the time,” Weizman said. “Everybody was going crazy over this pizza.”

She said she started thinking about how she could sell the pizzas when she found a weekend workshop in Colorado. The sisters attend the workshop and began brainstorming for their future business.

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Weizman said she remembers one class in particular where they were asked to write down the key words that would be important when starting a business.

“The first three words we wrote were exactly the same,” Weizman said. “We wrote food, family and community and we still run our business on those three words.”

Bella Sorella’s wood-fired pizzas are inspired by their garden and Italian family heritage. The dough is made fresh weekly with only four ingredients and the toppings are grown in Weizman’s home garden.

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Bella Sorella, a wood-fired pizza food truck in Dayton, has won an award from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for their hard work and determination in creating trust with the community as they celebrate 10 years in business.

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Bella Sorella, a wood-fired pizza food truck in Dayton, has won an award from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for their hard work and determination in creating trust with the community as they celebrate 10 years in business.

Credit: Submitted Photo

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Bella Sorella, a wood-fired pizza food truck in Dayton, has won an award from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for their hard work and determination in creating trust with the community as they celebrate 10 years in business.

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Credit: Submitted Photo

“It sounds corny, but my sister always says we really do prepare food with love,” Weizman said. “We love to make good food for people.”

Weizman said they couldn’t do it without their employees who are just as passionate and loyal to their company as they are.

She said she appreciates that the BBB honors businesses that have built trust with their employees and community.

“We need more integrity in the world,” Weizman said. “We need more kindness, honesty, all those things we try to keep in our business culture.”

Bella Sorella caters mostly private events, but they also visit the Yellow Springs Brewery once or twice a month. For more information or to view their event calendar, visit www.bellasorellapizza.com or their Facebook page.

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Elizabeth Corrado Weizman (left) and Gail Corrado Okafor (right) are sisters and the founders of Bella Sorella, a wood-fired pizza food truck in Dayton.

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Elizabeth Corrado Weizman (left) and Gail Corrado Okafor (right) are sisters and the founders of Bella Sorella, a wood-fired pizza food truck in Dayton.

Credit: Submitted Photo

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Elizabeth Corrado Weizman (left) and Gail Corrado Okafor (right) are sisters and the founders of Bella Sorella, a wood-fired pizza food truck in Dayton.

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Credit: Submitted Photo

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