‘Everybody’s Pizza Girl’ Celebrates 35 Years at Pizza Hut
Lisa Lavow knows the meaning of dedication.
She shows up to work, serves locals with high spirits, and makes sure she gives them a little something extra to smile about on the way out the door.
Lisa, more commonly known by many of her dedicated customers as “Miss Lisa,” has been working at the Pizza Hut in Owasso for over a decade and said she enjoys every moment on the job.
“I just love what I do,” she said. “I love the people, I love the customers, just fell in love with it first day and been loving it ever since.”
And that first day dates back to July 1983. Her longstanding stent with the company – 35 years to be exact – started in Tulsa at the 15th and Peoria location. From there, she moved to the 51st and Harvard branch and then to the 48th and Memorial site before transferring to Owasso.
“It’s been a long journey, a good journey,” Lisa said. “If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change it.”
The 54-year-old Tulsa resident has held almost every position at the restaurant, from cook to cashier to manager. She now devotes her time to serving guests as a hostess and server at the front of the house.
Through her time greeting tables, Lisa has established a large customer base, with dozens of locals, including some residents from out of town, coming in to visit their favorite host on a regular basis.
“I have some outstanding customers,” Lisa said. “My longest (one) has been with me 24 years, and they still come in, right to this day, every Wednesday.”
Lisa makes an effort to remember important details about her guests, from birthdays to anniversaries, and celebrates them in a big way, said manager Lainey Leslie, who referred to her as “everybody’s pizza girl.”
“She loves what she does, she would do anything for these customers,” Lainey said. “That’s the best thing about working with her; she will go over and beyond for (them), whatever it takes.”
General manager Jeff Malone added, “Lisa, she wows the customer … makes sure they’re taken care of extremely well, and that’s why they keepcoming back because they’re going to get that service every single time.”
In commemoration of Lisa’s longstanding service and outstanding customer care, the Owasso High School, located across the street from the restaurant, also dedicated one of the building’s bricks in her name.
When asked what it means for her to serve with Pizza Hut for 35 years, Lisa simply replied, “Just very grateful and humbled.”
Lisa, who was born and raised in north Tulsa, has a large, close-knit family with six siblings – three girls and three boys – and has been married to her high school sweetheart Carl for 39 years.
The team hosted a celebration party for Lisa on Thursday, July 26.