We Speak Italian. Russo's Pizza Franchise is Growing

$1.134 MILLION AUV*

*Please see Item 19 of our Franchise Disclosure Document for our full financial information
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Single and Multi-Unit Opportunities Available.
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Houston Chronicle Best of the Best 23

VOTED TOP 3 FOR BEST PIZZA & VOTED TOP 5 FOR BEST ITALIAN FOOD IN HOUSTON. TEXAS

Houston Chronicle Best of the Best 23

THE PIZZA INDUSTRY IS BOOMING WITH OPPORTUNITY AND INNOVATION

We are adapting to the changes in the market by offering healthy and delicious Italian food that's also available for stricter diets, such as gluten-free, halal-friendly, and vegan options.

$46B Domestic Pizza Industry in Annual Sales¹

$141.1B Global Pizza Industry in Annual Sales

$13.7B Vegan-Food Industry in the U.S.

$2.56B Gluten-Free Market Industry in the U.S.

¹Statista Euromonitor International Marin Economic Consulting, who provided this analysis to the Plant Based Foods Association Global Newswire

A GREAT FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITY.

We’ve taken great care in developing franchise opportunities that blend the undeniable passion of the Russo’s dining experience with unrivaled business models for single- and multi-unit investors.

FAST CASUAL PIZZA DELIVERY FRANCHISE

You can operate this delivery store model with limited staff, lower labor costs, with our unique menu items.

  • Counter Service Only (no table of waitstaff)

INVESTMENT
Liquid cash on hand - $150k minimum
Net worth - $550k

CASUAL DINING PIZZERIA AND RESTAURANT CONCEPT

Our flagship casual dining concept features a full-service Italian kitchen offering Russo's signature made-from-scratch pizzas, pasta, chef-selected wines, and beer. Upon entering, guests will discover our attention to detail, creating an experience comparable to Little Italy.

  • Store Size ranges from 1,500 - 4,500 sq ft
  • Italian Casual Restaurant with Catering Opportunities
  • Full-Service Dining with Open Kitchen Concept
  • Indoor/Outdoor Patio suited for Private Parties
  • Features a Brick-Oven or Coal-Fired Oven
  • Upscale Menu Items with Full Beer/Wine Bar

INVESTMENT
Liquid cash on hand - $150k minimum
Net worth - $550k

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ESSENTIAL NUMBERS AT A GLANCE

With a total investment ranging from $439,250 to $1.5 million for buildout and startup costs, Russo's is unique in the market by offering flexible designs that fit your needs and the market's demands. Here's a quick overview.

(Introductions to restaurant lending sources are available)

$35k

initial franchise
fee

6%

royalty

$150k

liquid capital
requirement

$550k

net worth
(excluding primary
residence)
  • $35k

    inital franchise
    fee
  • 6%

    royalty
  • $150k

    liquid capital 
    requirement
  • $550k

    net worth
    (excluding primary
    residence)

AVAILABLE TERRITORIES 
DOMESTICALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY

We're actively seeking partners in the U.S. and across the world and strongly welcome all applications by qualified individual or multi-unit investors. With over 50 locations and growing, we are a premier brand with a proven fast-casual business model that continues to grow in popularity.

Growing Markets/Territories

New Markets/Territories

No Availability

Want to know more about domestic and international franchise oppportunities in your area?
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WE KNOW THE PIZZA BUSINESS AND WHAT IT TAKES TO FIRE UP YOUR FIRST RESTAURANT

  • Premium Menu offerings, including Halal and Gluten-Free
  • 100+ years of restaurant experience
  • Flexible restaurant design options
  • Site selection, equipment procurement and construction assistance
  • Proven franchise business model
  • Localized marketing support to reach your best customers
  • Ongoing training, support, and marketing
  • And so much more

HOW WE’RE DIFFERENT?
PREMIUM, FRESH INGREDIENTS

It starts with real, hand-tossed dough made in-house from 100% premium durum wheat flour with no additives or preservatives—next, the sauce. Vine-ripened tomatoes direct from California are hand-crushed, simmered, and enhanced with a generations-old Russo family recipe. Then, we add 100% pure, fresh mozzarella cheese from a small Wisconsin dairy farm.

WHY NEW YORK-STYLE PIZZA AND ITALIAN IS BETTER?

Premium, fresh ingredients, period. Our famous New York-style pizza features a thin and crispy crust that can be folded in half, making it easier to eat on the go. Our Giant 28-inch Party Pizza highlights the foldable nature of the crust and is seen by many as a defining characteristic and part of the New York pizza experience. We use the best ingredients to create classic Italian recipes from scratch, like Lasagna, Baked Ziti, Fettuccine Alfredo, Spaghetti & Meatballs, and more. We bring Little Italy to your neighborhood.

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Our Experience and commitment to our Family Heritage, makes a premier pizza and Italian restaurant franchise.

25

YEARS IN BUSINESS

100+

YEARS OF COMBINED INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

50

OPEN LOCATIONS DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL

21

LOCATIONS COMING SOON

Our Experience and commitment to our Family Heritage, makes a premier pizza and Italtian restaurant franchise.
  • 25
    YEARS IN BUSINESS
  • 100+
    YEARS OF COMBINED INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
  • 50
    OPEN LOCATIONS DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL
  • 21
    LOCATIONS COMING SOON

IT ALL STARTED IN THE 
RUSSO'S FAMILY KITCHEN

Chef Russo’s family traditions play a role in every aspect of the business—the preparation of each authentic recipe, the warm welcome shown to each customer, and the respect given to every employee have all been passed down through generations, never to be forgotten.
READ OUR STORY

BE PART OF THE PASSION AND JOIN THE RUSSO'S FAMILY IN 8 SIMPLE STEPS

We’re excited to have your passion for entrepreneurship! Join the Russo’s family tradition of serving quality, authentic family recipes. With these few steps, you’re well on your way to becoming part of the family!
Third party financing available contact us today to see if you qualify, prime locations available.
Apply
Prospective franchisees receive and review Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen franchise information packet, then returns the completed confidential application to the corporate office.
Location Search
The Russo’s team will discuss site guidelines and assist in determining if the requested location’s demographics, region, and marketplace is the right fit.
Qualifying
Russo’s Franchise team reviews candidate information and notifies candidates that they are approved or denied.
Buildout
We offer support on architecture, floor plan development, kitchen layout, and interior design including all furniture and fixtures. We’ll assist you during the entire journey.
Franchise Disclosure
The Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) is sent to the approved candidate to be reviewed within 14 days, after which, the candidate pays the franchise fee.
Training Development
Your comprehensive training & orientation plan will be scheduled in Houston, Texas. During this time, we will train you on front of house and back of house operations, processes, and procedures.
Discovery Day
Pre-qualified prospective franchisees are invited to visit the corporate office.
Grand Opening
Our operations team will be available to support you during your new store opening. From delivery to kitchen set up and training your staff, we’ll be with you all the way to the grand opening!
Apply
Prospective franchisees receive and review Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen franchise information packet, then returns the completed confidential application to the corporate office.
Qualifying
Russo’s Franchise team reviews candidate information and notifies candidates that they are approved or denied.
Franchise Disclosure
The Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) is sent to the approved candidate to be reviewed within 10 days, after which, the candidate pays the franchise fee.
Discovery Day
Pre-qualified prospective franchisees are invited to visit the corporate office.
Location Search
The Russo’s team will discuss site guidelines and assist in determining if the requested location’s demographics, region, and marketplace is the right fit.
Buildout
We offer support on architecture, floor plan development, kitchen layout, and interior design including all furniture and fixtures. We’ll assist you during the entire journey.
Training Development
Your comprehensive training & orientation plan will be scheduled in Houston, Texas. During this time, we will train you on front of house and back of house operations, processes, and procedures.
Grand Opening
Our operations team will be available to support you during your new store opening. From delivery to kitchen set up and training your staff, we’ll be with you all the way to the grand opening!
GET STARTED

FRANCHISEE TESTIMONIALS

Learn about franchisees' stories and hear what they have to say about owning a Russo's franchise.
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Why Russos New York Pizzeria is the #1 Pizza Franchise in the Industry and Checks all the Boxes.

With our expertise and experience, Russo's is the best franchise to buy with global franchise opportunities because we are:

Hand-Crafter New York-Style Pizza. Authentic Italian Flavors. Family-Driven Experiences. Own a Slice of the $46 Billion Industry. 

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*This is not an offer to sell you a franchise. An offer can only be by the prospectus in the form of a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). The FDD will be presented to you at a meeting set up at your convenience. A new franchisee’s individual financial results may differ significantly from the results stated.

Figure reflects the Average Unit Volume (AUV) for the top 50% of US franchised restaurants that opened before January 1, 2022 and operated throughout the 2022 calendar year under the same ownership as published in Item 19 of our 2023 FDD. The financial performance representations contained in Item 19 of our 2023 FDD also include (1) average system–wide net sales for all US franchised restaurants opened before January 1, 2022 and operated throughout the 2022 calendar year under the same ownership, (2) range system-wide net sales for all US franchised restaurants opened before January 1, 2022 and operated throughout the 2022 calendar under the same ownership and (3) median system-wide net sales for all US franchised restaurants opened before January 1, 2022 and operated throughout the 2022 calendar year under the same ownership.