A Premier Pizza Franchise Rooted in Italian Family Traditions

Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen, a leading pizza franchise known for its strong family traditions, is in the process of expanding into new territories. With a remarkable $1.134 million AUV*, our franchise is flourishing, driven by a mission to share authentic New York-style pizza and Little Italy flavors worldwide. For 25 years, we have grown across the US and globally, including locations in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and the Philippines. Our success is anchored in the Russo family’s pledge: “If it isn’t fresh, don’t serve it,” ensuring every bite reflects our commitment to quality and tradition.

Average Unit Volume $1.134 Million*

Become a Part of Russo’s Expanding Pizza Franchise Family

Since we began franchising in 1999, Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen has sought franchisees with entrepreneurial flair, local business acumen, cultural insight, and strong personal networks. These qualities are essential for sharing our passion for exceptional Italian cuisine and authentic New York-style pizza. With 57 locations and growing, you’ll lead your own franchise, backed by over 100 years of combined experience to ensure your business thrives. The global pizza market is set to boom, with Fortune Business Insights predicting it will reach $211 billion by 2028, showing a significant 6% growth. We’re seizing this opportunity by expanding into new markets with a multi-unit incentive program, aiming for 100+ locations by 2026. We’re partnering with new franchisees to introduce our exceptional food and outstanding family experience to regions such as Nevada, Texas, Utah, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, Georgia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and beyond, including international markets. If you’re searching for a “pizza franchise near me,” join our franchise family and be a part of this exciting journey.

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How do we distinguish ourselves from the competition?

In a pizza industry where convenience often trumps quality, Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen sets itself apart by staying true to Old Country-style cooking, guaranteeing that every bite bursts with genuine flavors. Embracing contemporary preferences, we provide a range of choices including gluten-free, Halal, and vegan offerings. Our unwavering dedication to excellence ensures that we use only the finest ingredients in crafting each recipe, whether it’s our handcrafted New York-style pizza or our signature pasta sauces.

Discover the Russo’s difference, where a devotion to quality shines through in every dish we serve.

Adaptable restaurant concepts

Discover a harmonious mix of enthusiasm and financial success through Russo’s franchising options. Our thoughtfully designed business frameworks accommodate single-unit and multi-unit investors alike, blending the distinctive Russo’s dining ambiance with exceptional adaptability.

Our inventive restaurant layouts empower you to run operations efficiently with a lean staff, effectively managing labor expenses. Moreover, treat your patrons to our distinctive menu offerings, all meticulously prepared from scratch with attention and expertise.

Step inside our eateries, and be transported to an ambiance reminiscent of Little Italy. Every aspect is carefully curated to deliver an unparalleled dining experience steeped in authenticity.

Restaurant Features:

  • Store Size ranges from 950 – 3,500 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 Optional Full Beer/Wine Bar

6 Benefits to Owning a Russo’s Franchise

1) Strong unit-level economics:

Benefit from high margins with $1,134,000 average unit sales with a low start-up costs of $250,000.

2) Proven Business Model:

Benefit from standardized processes, recipes, and operational guidelines, reducing the risks of starting from scratch.

3) Training and Support:

 Benefit from invaluable training and ongoing support from our experienced  team, ideal for newcomers to the restaurant industry. 

4) Marketing and Advertising Support:

Benefit from marketing and advertising support within our franchise system, driving brand awareness and attracting customers to your location.

5) Access to Suppliers and Resources:

Benefit from pre-negotiated suppliers, leading to cost savings and  streamlined logistics for sourcing ingredients and resources.

6) Potential for Growth:

Benefit from multi-unit ownership opportunities to expand your business and  geographic reach as a successful franchisee. 

Start-Up Costs

We’ve meticulously crafted a low-cost business strategy that ranks among the most competitive in the casual dining industry.

Multi-Unit Franchise Opportunity Qualifications:

We offer area development agreements with a 3 to 5-year plan, with the number of stores varying based on the demographics of your area.

  • Liquid Capital Requirement: $750,000
  • Net Worth Requirement: $2,000,000
  • Initial Franchise Fee: $35,000
  • Area Development Fee: $10,000
  • Investment Range: Starting at $395,000 – $950,000*

Initial Investment For Pizza Franchise Opportunity in US

The initial investment for a Russo’s New York Pizzeria Italian Kitchen ranges from $395,000 to $950,000, considering factors like location, franchise size, leasehold improvement costs, lease rates, and other expenses. This figure includes the $35,000 franchise fee and working capital. For a detailed breakdown of the estimated initial investment, please contact our development team.

Startup Support

We offer comprehensive initial franchise training for Franchise Owners and Managers at their restaurant location, both before and during the grand opening. This intensive program spans 6 to 8 weeks, covering all essential aspects of the franchise business.

Contact our Development Team

Ready to turn your business dreams into reality? Visit our website today for more information on franchise opportunities. Discover why owning a pizza franchise in Austin, Texas with Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen is the right choice for you!

Six Steps to Join the Russo’s Family


Request for Consideration Form:

Franchise candidates review Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen franchise information packet, then submit the completed confidential application to the corporate office.


Franchise Disclosure:

The approved candidate receives the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) for review within 14 days, followed by payment of the franchise fee.


Discovery Day:

Pre-qualified prospective franchisees are invited to visit the corporate office.


Site Selection:

The Russo’s team will review site guidelines and assess if the requested location’s demographics, region, and marketplace align with our criteria.


Training and Development:

Your training and orientation will be conducted in Houston, Texas, covering front-of-house and back-of-house operations, processes, and procedures.


Grand Opening:

Our operations team will support you throughout your new store opening, assisting with delivery, kitchen setup, staff training, and ensuring a successful grand opening!