For one year, Felice’s Roman Style Pizza has been serving up slices of Roman-inspired pizza, soups, and salads to the Loyola community. To commemorate their one-year anniversary, Felice’s is offering $1 slices, drinks, and bombas on Monday, February 25, from 4-9 p.m. They will also hand out free samples of a brand new pizza all day on the 25th.
The birthday party of sorts is being sponsored by Loyola Limited, the University’s undergraduate student-run and student-managed business enterprises, of which Felice’s is one. Asma Kadri, chief marketing officer of Loyola Limited, says the first year of Felice’s has been one of experimentation.
“We’ve done a lot of experimenting in year one; recipe development, making sure we had everything like payments squared away,” says Kadri, a senior international studies and advertising and public relations double major. “Now, not only is it all squared away, but it’s all going really well.”
Just like Loyola Limited, Felice’s is also entirely run by undergraduate students, making it the only pizzeria in the country that can say that.
“It’s something that we hold as a point of pride, not just for Felice’s, but in general for our student run business program,” Kadri says. “In our third year of Loyola Limited being active, we’ve run higher business capital than any other student business in the nation.”
Erin O’Neill, a junior communication studies major with minors in math and Polish studies, is one of the managers and pizza artisans at Felice’s. She shares Kadri’s sentiment of being proud of the work they have accomplished.
“I’m really proud to tell people Felice’s is the only student-run restaurant and that we’re still alive after a whole year of having to figure everything out from scratch,” O’Neill says.
Kadri says there is a pretty loyal group of customers that dine at Felice’s, both students and residents in the Edgewater and Rogers Park communities, who “wholeheartedly” believe in the company. She says many of their customers are alums of the John Felice Rome Center who are looking for a slice of pizza to remind them of their days studying in Italy. O’Neill adds she will often see customers on campus and remember their names and pizza orders because they come in so frequently.
“It says a lot for our business and how we treat our customers because people are always coming back for more,” O’Neill says.
While Felice’s continues to see success, Kadri says they hope to expand its reach further into the Chicago community and right here on campus in terms of students getting involved with Loyola Limited, which also currently manages The Flats and ChainLinks.
“Loyola Limited doesn’t partner with just the business school. It’s interdisciplinary,” Kadri says. “We hire for attitude and train for skill.”
O’Neill says that she feels like she learns something different after each shift and that the lessons she learns at work aren’t confined to within the restaurant.
“[Loyola Limited] wants us to understand that this isn’t just a place you show up to and work and go home. There are a lot of things that can be applied from here to later on in life,” she says. “It’s about more than just pizza.”
In addition to prepping for the big Felice’s celebration, the Loyola Limited leadership is also in search of members for its Council of Advisors. The council provides guidance, advice, and direction to the students of Loyola Limited. Nominations for the council are now being accepted through March 1. Any faculty, staff, or community member may nominate others, or themselves, to serve a one-year term on the council.
The Council of Advisors will be fundamental in the continued growth and stabilization of the Loyola Limited program. It is a unique way to engage students, and to have an impact on one of the most unique programs in Chicago. Those wishing to nominate others, or themselves, should contact Jonathan Ferrera at email@example.com for more information and the nominating packet. For more information, potential nominees or nominators are welcome to call 773.508.2183.