The Qualifications

Whether you’re investing in a single unit or a multi-unit area development agreement, the Russo’s team has spent years developing a successful business model where there’s with no experience needed, that has resulted in a with a track record of success for our franchise partners. Qualified candidates must be financially and operationally capable of developing one unit (we require that franchise candidate/group have at least $200,000 in liquid assets, meaning cash, stocks, bonds or other easily liquid assets). The total investment for a single restaurant is estimated to be around between $395,000 and $950,000 (domestic).

Those who meet these requirements and who join the Russo’s team as franchise partners will be in good company. They’ll receive the benefits of being part of a highly experienced team that is geared for growth., and will be equipped with the systems and procedures they need to launch and grow quickly. And they’ll have the support and guidance of a team that understands their needs, and the tools they need to introduce the innovative Russo’s brand into their markets, and to continue to build their business for years to come.

If you’d like to learn more about growth opportunities with the Russo’s franchise program, please complete our initial application form to receive our full franchise brochure.


If you’re investing in a single-unit Russo’s New York Pizzeria®, a Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen® or a Chef Russo’s Pizza Kitchen®, we’ve spent years developing successful business strategies for initial investments that are among the lowest in comparable restaurant industries.

As a best practice, we first evaluate all applicants based on a checklist of considerations:

Personal Characteristics

  • A sound background in business development
  • A willingness to be hands-on in the running of your business
  • The ability to work independently within the structure of the Russo brand
  • A well-established network of local partners, authorities, and opinion leaders
  • Good standing within the community
  • A track record of maintaining a successful business

Financial Qualifications

  • Net worth minimum: $750K
  • Good credit standing
  • Have capital to invest or access to third-party financing
  • Minimum cash-on-hand: $200,000
  • Opening and Ongoing Costs
  • Average cost per unit: $444,350 to $1,495,500
  • Ongoing royalty payment: 6% of gross sales

How to Apply and Get Your Own Slice Of The Pie

Contact us today if you have the desire to join our Russo’s global family.

Tell us where you want to do business. It can be your home town or anywhere in the world. Unless we already have a partner in that area, we’d be happy to consider your proposal. Or, if you’re interested in more than one territory, tell us your first preference and later we can discuss other areas to explore.

The whole process takes a bit of time, but it’s essential for us to get to know each other well before committing to this important partnership.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

We are looking to expand in both the U.S. and international markets, with many stores currently in development. Please contact us with your location option so we can discuss the specifics.

Please note: Our agreement will vary in different countries.

In the international market, Russo’s is not selling single-unit locations, only area development agreements for multi-unit expansion. Each international market will be evaluated to determine the correct unit count to achieve the appropriate market penetration.







$444,350 to $1,495,500


Pizza and Italian Franchise


Food Service


Available, Via Third Party


Yes – Pre-Opening, Opening and Ongoing

*Multi-unit opportunity available

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