MOSAIC Pizza at Loganholme is modern, cosy and eclectic.
The word pizza is spelt out on one wall in letters made up of light globes reminiscent of lights around dressing room mirrors in old movies.
There’s a shelf on one wall with stools, a good selection of reading material and there’s a bevy of constantly-updated computer screens that keeps customers constantly updated about what’s on offer.
An apron with tiny coloured handprints on another wall indicates involvement with a local pre-school, with text thanking proprietor Louis Oberleuter for his help.
All those aspects combined to influence judges in the Matt Preston-inspired Best Pizza in Logan contest to declare Mosaic Pizza the best in Logan for 2021.
“I was over the moon when we made it to the top 16,” Louis said.
“When we came out on top I was absolutely ecstatic, especially because we were finalists in national pizza-making contests in previous years.”
The fact that bases are hand stretched and only the freshest ingredients are used has played a large part in his success, Louis said.
“Bases are prepared as they are ordered with absolutely no pre-preparation and bases sitting around for ages waiting to be cooked in my igloo-style, mosaic-covered oven,” he said
“The emphasis is on flavour, my bases are crispy thin and there’s not a metal production line conveyor belt in sight.
“I think my loyal customers have become educated to a mature palate and they, like me, believe fresh food is better.”
When Louis set up the business six years ago he did heaps of research and came up with 60 varieties which was fine tuned to 38 before ending up with 18 today.
“I looked at franchises and didn’t like what I saw so I decided to do my own thing,” he said.
“I like talking to people and I like the satisfaction that comes from feeding people healthy, tasty food.”
Mosaic’s most popular pizza is Yogi which is Louis’ meat lover’s speciality.
Second most popular is A Taste of Tabla, a tandoori chicken pizza based on a dish served at the next door Tabla Indian restaurant where Louis has family connections.
Little Mosaic is the name of Louis’ trailer-mounted mobile pizza oven that is utilised for outside catering projects anywhere in Logan.
Louis is a huge believer in community involvement and is always happy to help local schools and sporting clubs.