Mr. Moto Pizza Adds Mission Valley to Its Growing List of Locations

Mr. Moto Pizza to open new location in the Friars Mission Shopping Center
Mr. Moto Pizza Adds Mission Valley to Its Growing List of Locations
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With its pizza already found across the city, Mr. Moto Pizza is adding location number nine in Mission Valley. 

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“We really like that mall in particular,” Owner Gibran Fernandez said. “We like that area and I think Mission Valley needs some more pizza options.”

Heading for the Friars Mission Shopping Center, Mr. Moto Pizza will be located in the heart of one of the most densely populated areas of San Diego, surrounded by a high-rise office market.

Moving into a former Mexican restaurant, Fernandez hoped to open within the next four months at the roughly 1,000-square-foot space.

“This will make nine for the area,” he said. “We’re the home of the original stuffed garlic knots but we also do very intensive and creative pies.”

Mr. Moto’s menu includes pies like the Greek Freak, with Gyro meat, tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, onions, feta, and more, as well as the Mamma Moto with burrata , truffle oil, parsley, and cherry tomatoes.

The restaurant wants to bring back the old New York pizzeria experience with a fresh and original twist.

Mr. Moto Pizza was established in 2015 in Pacific Beach and has since opened locations in North Park, Point Loma, La Jolla, and Ocean Beach.

Fernandez said he’s looking at La Mesa for further expansion.

Alex Zorn

Alex Zorn

Alex is a Denver-based reporter with five years of experience as a news reporter and several daily and weekly newspapers on the Colorado Western Slope, including The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, The Rifle Citizen Telegram and The Glenwood Springs Post Independent. His beat coverage has ranged from crime and courts to health coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic. In his free time, he enjoys skiing down the Colorado slopes and tuning in to the latest Netflix crime drama.
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