Loteria Cantina Owner to Open Flamzz Pizza in Old Town

Flamzz logo courtesy of Jose Moctezuma
Flamzz logo courtesy of Jose Moctezuma
A new pizza eatery is coming to Old Town Monrovia in February, but owner Jose Moctezuma wants patrons to know it's not going to be the average place they would normally go to get a slice.

Moctezuma, who also owns Loteria Cantina & Grill on East Colorado Boulevard, plans to open Flamzz in that spot on Feb. 14.

He describes Flamzz as similar to Pieology, a pizza chain that allows patrons to go down the line and pick assembled sauces and toppings.

"It's not going to be a little pizza joint," he said. "I am spending $30,000 on a pizza oven. I am investing a lot of money in Monrovia."

Even though Loteria Cantina will be moved out of its current location, Moctezuma said it won't be going far. He plans to relocate it to a spot on Myrtle Avenue. He is negotiating a lease to move the Mexican restaurant and reopen a jazzed up version of the cantina by the summer.

Moctezuma, who has been in the restaurant industry for more than 20 years, bought Loteria Cantina, formerly Enrique's Tamales, in 2009, he said. The business has grown and he said he thinks he can continue that growth at a new location.

He said his pizza restaurant will be the first Flamzz, but not the last. He wants to have a chain.

"I am very focused," he said.

He said he got the idea for the spelling of the name with two ZZs at the end from one of his investors, who has two children whose names begin with Z.

Moctezuma said he has connected with Monrovia, donating to youth programs, local schools, and churches, and in turn, the community has supported him.

"The more you do for the community, the more they want to help you," he said,

rubberband January 17, 2014 at 07:02 PM
Stone fired pizza. Yummo. Can't wait. Hurry!
Frank "frazgo" Zgonc January 17, 2014 at 10:03 PM
Kinda like Pizza Rev in Burbank and coming to Old Town Pasadena. Love that place. Isn't Colorado Ivy kinda off the beaten path?
Rodney Sawyer January 18, 2014 at 03:20 AM
Very exciting... Sounds like Blaze pizza in Pasadena by Laemmle's. Love that place and can't wait for really good pizza here
Ellen Zunino January 18, 2014 at 09:44 AM
I'd love a real pizza place run by an old, bickering Italian couple that served pizza, calzone and cheese steak sandwiches. The kind of place that reeked of Italian smells and flavors, where little pools of oil float on the melted real cheese. Real food.
rubberband January 18, 2014 at 12:09 PM
/......drool....PIZZZAAA. CALZOONNE................
joan wright January 18, 2014 at 07:19 PM
This should be interesting. It is very close to Azusa (20 minutes away from Pieology ) The workers are working hard at getting it ready. Sign says "Coming Soon". Very exiting for Monrovia. I know they will be successful. My family will be ready for a pie next month.
Stacy Bradshaw January 19, 2014 at 09:56 AM
We missed your tamales this Christmas!


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