Family Tradition Meets Franchise Expertise

Anthony Russo has partnered with leading franchise consultants to develop his award-winning restaurants into a world-class franchise system. He’s also assembled a great team of dedicated professionals, some from within his own restaurants. These individuals share Anthony’s passion for tradition and his commitment to the success of every franchisee.

Anthony Russo
Founder, CEO, & President

With 75+ years of restaurant experience, Chef Anthony Russo grew up in a New Jersey home where the kitchen was the center of family life. There was always cooking and baking at home. Many of the ingredients came from the family garden, just as grandpa and Nona Russo did in Avellino, Italy.

Michael Miller, Director of Operations

Massimo Begalli, Director of Franchise Operations

Joe Hroch, Legal Counselor

David Rocabado, Creative Brand Manager

Ali Elalayet, Corporate Chef

Claudia Orozco, Corporate Kitchen Trainer

Shawna Fransen-Daden, Corporate Catering

Franchise Training and Support

The Russo’s team has the knowledge and expertise in every area needed to support your franchise with leasing/specialty retail, construction, training, operations, polling and register support, marketing/public relations, research and development.

With you every step of the way


Assistance for obtaining financing from a third-party lender.

Real Estate

Assistance and direction from a real estate professional to help you find the right location.

Training Program

Assistance in opening your store quickly and efficiently. Complete hands-on, 6-8 week training program.

Custom Business Software

Assistance with marketing and advertising via internet software secure site.

Franchise Support and

Benefits of Owning a Russo’s

Strong unit-level economics: Benefit from high margins with $1,134,000 average unit sales with a low start-up costs of $150,000.

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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