For the love of pizza: Mama Gen shuts doors

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by admin on May 28, 2014

Geneviève-Audrey Mercier, a.k. Mama Gen, blows a kill goodbye to loyal customers of her beloved pizza joint on Valley Drive. Photo via Facebook

Geneviève-Audrey Mercier, a.k. Mama Gen, blows a kill goodbye to loyal customers of her beloved pizza joint on Valley Drive. Photo via Facebook

Mama Gen bids adieu to her Wakefield pizza shop but promises to return some day soon

By Anastasia Philopoulos

Now that her business is closed, Genevieve-Audrey Mercier, a.k.a. Mama Gen, says she’s concerned about what she’ll eat everyday.

“I’m wondering for my own self, what am I going to do for my daily diet? I was pretty much having a pizza everyday, or a slice at least,” she laughed.

After three years of serving up delectable gourmet pizzas, Pizzeria Mama Gen closed its doors on May 25, despite quite the successful run.

“Mama Gen has done well, people love the pizza, I love the pizza.”

Mercier moved to the area about seven years ago and, after working almost everywhere in town, she saw a chance to make her mark when Cheesy Luigi went up for sale.

“I learned on the spot and totally fell in love with this world of pizza. I’m very creative, very artistic, and for me I was seeing this as an empty canvas for me to create something.”

And create she did. Whether it was spicy apricot sauce with shrimp, a wild mushroom medley, or Low Down staff favourite the Bob Marley, Mercier had an eclectic and inspired approach to pizza making. But with two kids under six (Dali, 5 and Enzo, 2) and a long term relationship that came to an end earlier this year, Mercier said it all just became a bit too much.

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