Top Opportunity in Fast-Casual Franchising

Ranked No. 25 by Entrepreneur Magazine in the Full-Service Restaurant category of the 2017 Top Food Franchises, and named by Nation’s Restaurant News to the 2016 Top 20 Emerging Brands, Russo’s has quickly developed a successful franchise reputation.

You can join the Russo’s family and own a unique, one-of-a-kind franchise location, under a strong brand umbrella at a lower cost of entry than most competitive brands in the fast-casual industry. Our four revenue streams that are available in each of our restaurant concepts include takeout and delivery, which accounted for 16 percent of the $5.9 billion casual dining experience in 2016. Italian ranks as one of the top food choices and 5 billion pizzas are sold every year – with more than 60 percent of all pizza sales happening in the U.S.

Our three concepts, ranging from counter service at just 1,200 square feet – perfect for malls and airports – to full-service, fast-casual dining at 4,000 plus square feet, offer flexibility to franchisees who are seeking different models and investment price points.

On top of all that, you will be immersed in our commitment to quality ingredients and preparation, so you’ll be sharing our excitement for superior pizza – Italian cuisine with a slice of success. If owning your own franchise is something you’ve always dreamed about, let’s talk about how you can become part of our successful family.







$1 million


$464,350 to $1,505,500


Pizza and Italian Franchise


Food Service


Available, Via Third Party


Yes – Pre-Opening, Opening And Ongoing

*Multi-unit opportunity available

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New York Coal Fired Kitchen Franchisee Allyson Huston



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Chef Driven Brand

Its all about the food! “If it isn’t fresh, don’t serve it” is Chef Russo’s brand promise for over 30 years.



Agressive Growth

Russo’s has a flexible store concept that allows for store sizes ranging from 1,200 to 4,000 plus square feet.



Start-Up Costs

The total investment for a single restaurant is estimated to be around between $395,000 to $950,000.

Great Investment.
Impressive Margins.

Russo’s sells more than pizza. We sell Naples and New York along with every slice, the sense of “being there.” Russo’s boasts a definite flavor of theatre in its venues–the ambience is as authentic as the menu, for enjoyment that discriminating customers appreciate.

What makes Russo’s unique is our dedication to serving the best-tasting New York-style pizza in every market. Your customers don’t have to live in New York to get a taste of famous New York-style pizza. We can serve it anywhere in the world.

No one understands the power of that more than our franchisees. And they tell the story best.

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Meet Chef Anthony Russo at the AAHOA Convention & Trade Show

March 23, 2018 – By Joey Jiracek

You’re invited to meet Chef Anthony Russo, the creative culinary mind, founder and CEO of chef-driven concepts Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, at the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) Convention & Trade Show. Chef Anthony Russo will be meeting with interested and qualified investors while at the AAHOA Convention & Trade Show (Booth 788).

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Russo’s New York Pizzeria Rolls Out “Next Generation Pizza & Italian” Restaurant Design

March 5, 2018 – By Amy Lecza

The time is now to grab your very own slice of the $45 billion pizza industry. According to PMQ, both the US and worldwide pizza markets have grown from 2016 to 2017, with even more growth projected in 2018. Even better, the study found that average unit sales are on the rise as well, making it a great time to invest in a pizza franchise such as Russo’s.

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Russo’s Italian Catering Services Are the Secret Ingredient For a Hit Event

March 5, 2018 – By Amy Lecza

An extensive variety of menu options that accommodate varied dietary restrictions and palates means Russo’s is the best catering solution

Old-world Italian pizzerias focus on fresh ingredients, superior taste and a sense of warmth around shared food. Chef Anthony Russo has been steeped in that tradition ever since he learned the craft of homestyle Italian cooking in his grandmother’s kitchen.


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At Russo’s, It’s Easy to Taste the Difference

March 5, 2018 – By Amy Lecza

In the Russo’s kitchen, we use all-natural ingredients to prepare our pizza with quality toppings that contain no nitrates or additives. We personally select the finest ingredients. Our fresh, from-scratch pizza concept is constantly catching the attention of consumers and the community.

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Russo’s New York Pizzeria in Clearwater Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

December 6, 2017 – By Joey Jiracek

Russo’s New York Pizzeria in Clearwater, Florida recently celebrated its one-year anniversary and gave away free pizza for a year to one lucky guest. Along with that exciting raffle, guests and customers also had the opportunity to enjoy food and wine specials along with the introduction of several new menu items.

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Russo’s New York Pizzeria Opens In Cedar Park

April 1, 2018 – By – Tony Cantu

Russo’s New York Pizzeria, one of the most iconic, authentic New York pizzerias in the Lone Star State, is now open in Cedar Park. The location, which officially opened Monday, March 19, offers authentic New York-style pizzeria.

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Chef Chat: Anthony Russo Talks the Importance of Ingredients and Keeping it Fresh

January 10, 2018 – By KATE MCLEAN –

It’s hard not to fall a little bit in love with Chef Anthony Russo’s genuine, engaging excitement. Maybe it’s that New York, Italian twang he still possesses, even though his family moved to Galveston when he was 12.

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A Restaurant’s Survival Guide to Natural Disasters

November 30, 2017 – By Amanda Baltazar

Every restaurant should be ready for the worst-case scenario.

The news has been hard to miss lately. Four major hurricanes hurtled toward American shores, knocking out power, flooding buildings, and ruining lives and businesses in one fell swoop.

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After Harvey damage, Russo’s New York Pizzeria reopens in Kingwood’s Town Center

November 14, 2017 – By Tracy Maness

After closing due to damages from Hurricane Harvey, Russo’s New York Pizzeria reopened Oct. 28 at 42 N Main Street, Kingwood. The counter-service restaurant offers a variety of pizza options including specialty flavors, build-your own, a 28-inch party size and giant slices. Guests can also choose from pastas, salads, soups, calzones, wine and bottled beer. 281-361-3100.

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Chef Anthony Russo’s intros new varieties of handmade frozen pizza

November 14, 2017 – By Vivian Lee

HOUSTON — Chef Anthony Russo’s unveiled at PLMA Italian-style meat lovers and prosciutto and fig handmade frozen pizzas with both gluten-free and New York–style crusts. These two new varieties bring the company’s portfolio to a total of eight.

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Russo’s New York Pizzeria Opens Second Austin Restaurant

October 19, 2017

Authentic New York-style Pizza Brand Joins Roster of Gourmet Eateries in
The Arboretum at Great Hills

AUSTIN, Texas. – The lone star state’s only authentic New York pizzeria is taking its own slice out of central Texas.

One of Austin’s most highly anticipated restaurant openings of the year, Russo’s New York Pizzeria, opened Monday, September 11. Local residents, commuters and visitors can now savor the tastes, aromas and unmistakable ambiance of an authentic New York-style pizzeria. The well-known, chef driven, fast casual Italian restaurant franchise, that brings to life old-world charm and hospitality opens at The Arboretum at 10721 Research Boulevard.

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Russo’s Restaurants Names Two-time World Champion Pizza Maker Vincenzo Lavecchia as Corporate Chef

October 19, 2017

HOUSTON – Russo’s Restaurants, which includes Russo’s New York Pizzeria as well as Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, recently appointed award-winning Vincenzo “Enzo” Lavecchia as corporate chef, where he will lead menu expansion, staff development and more.

The new corporate chef will spend time at every Russo’s Restaurants location training managers on proper food preparation and culinary techniques. A native of Italy, Lavecchia will ensure each Italian-inspired dish is as authentic as possible by passing his skills and knowledge on to each location’s kitchen team.

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Chef Anthony Russo Unveils Strategy to Bring Russo’s Restaurants Concepts to Asia

October 19, 2017

Fast-Casual New York Pizzeria and Upscale Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen Targets Malaysia, Singapore and The Philippines for Expansion

HOUSTON – Chef Anthony Russo, the creative culinary mind, founder and CEO of chef-driven concepts Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, has announced a growth strategy to expand the brands’ international footprint after successfully launching more than 48 locations worldwide with an additional 35 in development.

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