Cumming, GA

‘Special’ pizza place serving slices soon at Cumming City Center

John Thompson

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Jeni Smith signs the lease.(Photo/City of Cumming)

(Cumming, GA) A long-time Forsyth County business couple is bringing a new restaurant to the Cumming City Center.

City officials announced Rosati’s Pizza owners, Jeni and Matt Smith, are opening SliceAbility pizza restaurant in the Cumming City Center.

The Smiths have lived and worked in the Cumming and Forsyth County community for the past 15 years.

SliceAbility is a pizza-by-the-slice concept focused on employing individuals with special needs.

Jeni decided to open the restaurant after working with the Forsyth County Schools’ Community-Based Vocational Instruction program for the past eight years. The program enabled Rosati’s Pizza in south Forsyth to provide jobs for special-needs students.

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“At SliceAbility, we intend to create a safe space for food, fun, and fellowship for all, with particular care to be an inclusive restaurant for people with developmental disabilities and those who love someone with a development disability or diagnosis,” Jeni said, adding that such individuals often struggle to find employment. “But we realize there is a very ‘employABLE’ group of individuals in our community.

“We celebrate the gifts and talents of our exceptional special needs community while recognizing that their schedules, job descriptions, and expectations will vary from day-to-day and require special attention to their uniqueness,” Jeni said.

SliceAbility will provide job training, job opportunities, and leadership roles for the special needs community while also creating a warm and welcoming environment for anyone who wants to enjoy a “slice of something special.”

The menu at SliceAbility will include traditional, gluten-free, and dairy-free pizza options with various toppings, breakfast pizza topped with eggs and breakfast meats, quiche, and avocado toast, and seasonal breads, cakes, and pies such as zucchini bread in the summer, and apple and pumpkin creations in the fall.

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Jeni and Matt Smith examine their new space.(Photo/City of Cumming)

“We’ll be doing some things that you might not see in other businesses because we want our special needs employees to know how much we value and appreciate them,” Jeni said. “For example, each pizza box, instead of just having a standard logo, will have a sticker that is signed by the individual who made that pizza to foster a sense of pride in their work. Also, after an employee is with us one year, they’ll receive a SliceAbility letterman’s jacket and then each subsequent year they’ll receive a little badge or pin to add to their jacket.”

Jeni is excited about the opportunity.

“We can’t wait to serve up ‘a slice of something special’ to everyone who visits us at SliceAbility at the Cumming City Center!”

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