What’s happening with America’s largest independent pizzerias? Who added stores in 2019? Who pushed their sales to record highs? Who dropped off a bit? This issue is eagerly devoured by Pizza Today’s readers and the list is a testament to the ingenuity, diligence and skill of the pizzeria owners who make the grade.
No. 16 — Andolini’s
Since opening in 2005, Andolini’s has grown to six locations with tremendous sales growth. Owner Mike Bausch has lead his pizza company to dominate the Tulsa market. Andolini’s serves up a variety of pizza styles in its full-service restaurants, a slice shop and food truck. The high-volume company has even expanded to add a gelateria. Andolini’s operates scratch kitchens and has a coveted beer, wine and cocktails mix. The pizzeria has received national acclaim from the likes of TripAdvisor, Buzzfeed and USA Today.
No. 3 — Cane Rosso
Cane Rosso’s growth has soared since coming on the Dallas scene in 2011 in the Deep Ellum neighborhood. Today, the wood-fired Neapolitan pizzeria has eight locations and garners more than $18.6 million in annual sales, and that’s not including owner Jay Jerrier’s spin-off restaurant, Zoli’s NY Pizza. Cane Rosso has expanded to the Houston and Dallas markets. The pizzeria has been listed among Eater National’s 38 Essential Pizzerias in America and The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Pizza Places in America.
No. 86 — Pizza Delicious
Born out of a communal kitchen, Pizza Delicious found its permanent home in the Bywater District of New Orleans in 2012. The New York Style single unit has been steadily increasing sales ever since. Today, Pizza Delicious rocks more than $2.6 million annually. The pizzeria made The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Pizza Places in America this year.
No. 61 — GAPCo
Pizza Today’s 2018 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Sammy Mandell keeps taking his pizzeria to new heights. Greenville Avenue Pizza Company entered the list at 95 just a few short years ago and has shot like a rocket up to No. 61 with over $4 million in annual sales with its two Dallas units.
No. 13 — Via 313
Via 313 has been a leader in the westward movement of Detroit-style pizza. The Hunt Brothers started slinging square pies from a food truck in 2011. With a mix of full-service restaurants and permanent pizza trailers, Via 313 does a smashing $12 million in annual sales. Everything in Via 313 pays subtle homage to the brothers’ beloved Motor City. In addition to its Detroit-style pizza, the pizzeria’s menu also features popular bar pies. Via 313 is a fixture on the national radar — from the likes of Eater, Food Network, Zagat, The Daily Meal and Thrillist.
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