Frequently Asked Questions


What makes a Russo New York Pizzeria Italian Kitchen franchise better than other chains?

Our chef Anthony Russo has created a recipe using his family tradition since 1942, making pizza the old-fashioned way. If you can't make it fresh, don't serve, the family secret has been chef Russo's family promise. Our franchise model is a proven concept that works. It starts with the food using fresh premium ingredients, from house-made pizza sauce to homemade pizza dough hand-rolled and baked in a brick oven is what separates us from fast-food pizza chains. There is no pre-made sauce in the box at Russo. We make every item fresh daily, and consumers can taste the difference. This is a truly authentic way of making New York-style pizza the old-fashioned way, fresh to order.

Do I Need Previous Restaurant Experience To Own A Russo's New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen?

Our chef-driven training program is designed for anyone to learn our family tradition of making authentic New York-style pizza for Franchise owners and operators; however, prior restaurant experience is strongly recommended as the Owner/Operator method is preferred. A good option is to hire a general manager with restaurant experience.

What Are The Financial Requirements?

Your total net worth should exceed $550,000 of which $150,000 is liquid.

How Much Is The Initial Franchise Fee?

The initial franchise fee is currently $35,000, payable at the time the Franchise Agreement is signed.

How Long Does My Franchise Agreement Last?

The initial Franchise Agreement term is 10 years, renewable in accordance with the current Franchise Agreement.

Do You Offer Any Type Of Financial Assistance?

Russo’s New York pizzeria Italian kitchen does not provide financing, however we are associated with and can direct you to several lending institutions or SBA lenders.

Who Is Responsible For Finding A Location?

We will assist you in all aspects of site location from demographic analysis to the physical attributes of the location, and we will be happy to evaluate locations you may have a particular interest in.

How Long Does It Take To Build The Store?

Once the space is turned over from the landlord the typical build-out is 8 to 12 weeks.

What Is The Standard Size Of A Store?

The standard size of a sit-down casual Italian kitchen location is 1500- 4500 sq feet.

What Are The Growth Opportunities That Separates You From Other Pizza Franchise?

We have a competitive edge over any other pizza chain in today's marketplace. We designed our floor plan to operate with fewer employees and have additional menu items to drive more sales with a massive return to your bottom line.Dine-in counter service with flex dine-in table service, delivery opportunities include pizza and an entire menu. Catering opportunities for daypart business trade area offering pasta catering trays to drive additional salesTake the opportunity to call ahead and place your order for an easy pick-up, not just pizza but gourmet salads, pasta, soups, gluten-free items, and vegan options with halal pizza toppings.

What Are Russo's Average Store Sales?

Our business model and menu item are unique from any other pizza chain in today's marketplace. We have menu items that cater to the whole family, from gluten-free to vegan options. Our average store sales are 1.134 million.
THAT'S THE RUSSO'S Family Promise
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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.