We had the good fortune of connecting with Cordaro Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cordaro, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I believe the most important factor behind my success thus far is authenticity. When you order from Cordaro’s, you’re not just getting a regular ole pizza from around the corner with subpar service. You are getting a piece of me, my family, my history, my story! Making pizza was one of my favorite past times growing up, an experience my father created and shared me with. I was also able to create and share that same experience with my daughter (Jordyn) when she was younger. My daughter is actually the inspiration behind the brand, she’s my why, and every pizza that I make puts me in that happy place, remembering the times we shared in the kitchen. Authenticity is the key! My pizzas, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts are all recipes that were created and inspired by members of my family, and passed down to me. Love goes into every order, and it’s an ingredient that you can’t buy nor see, but you can taste it, because I’m authentically me!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’m excited about this new chapter in my life, launching Cordaro’s (Pizzeria), 2453 (Think Tank) & The Crossroads LA (Creative Marketplace), all during the pandemic. So I guess it’s true when they say pressure makes diamonds. Nothing feels better than betting on yourself and creating your own narrative. I’ve had the corporate gigs, and the odd jobs coming up, but as a creative I knew the only way my happiness and purpose would be fulfilled was if I took control and created something, not only for myself, but for my family. No one ever said taking the leap and starting a business would be easy, nor is it for everybody. So my advice to anyone reading this article, take the time to do a self evaluation and figure out what “YOU” want to do with your life, not what someone thinks you should do with your life. As a business owner, I have the freedom to move and operate in any realm of creativity. If I want to play my oldies and sing Sam Cooke & Otis Redding songs while I make my dough in the mornings, I can do that. If I want to record a podcast or film an “Uncle Willie” skit in the afternoon, I can do that. If I want to develop the next great app, and schedule zoom meetings with investors in the evenings, I can do that. And all because I created a space and platform to do so. Whatever you’re aligned with and want in your life, you can get, you just have to go get it. Because help only comes to those on the path, falling forward. My mission is to inspire you, to aspire to be you! Dream. Believe. Create
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well due to the pandemic there has been restrictions on what you can and can’t do in the city, but there are still some spots that we can hit up and still stay safe. So here we go, in the mornings we’re going to get some exercise in, run or walk the beautiful hills around Inglewood, View Park and Ladera Heights, and enjoy the views of the city. Or a bike ride to the beach cities. I’m all for supporting the small local business in my community, so for breakfast we would order takeout from “The Serving Spoon” in Inglewood. Breakfast omelette, chicken & Waffles, you name it, they got it! For lunch, we’re ordering a Lunch Box or Big Sexy from the best soul food spot in town “Comfort LA.” For our sweets, we’re going to put in an order for a dozen of the best cookies ever from “Tot-Pot’s Cookies”. For dinner, I’ll be whipping up some fresh Cordaro’s pizza for us to enjoy. And for the adult beverages, I’m going to the best mixologists that I know, for Sangria, I’m ordering “SangriaFive”, and for cocktails, “Lady On The Rocks”.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my Mother, Paula Davis. She deserves all the credit and recognition when it comes to my story. She’s the epitome of greatness, and the Oracle of my Matrix. Retired Army veteran, entrepreneur, and community leader. My mother is a woman with no excuses, that always gets the job done, no matter the tasks. And will give you her last, without hesitation. When I feel down & out, I call or think of her, and she gives me the same message every time, “Worry about what you can control, just show up, and the rest is in God’s hands.” Love you Ma!