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Russo's New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen

Fresh, high-quality gourmet New York style pizzas and authentic Italian food. US brand expanding to the UK and seeking experienced partners.

Anthony Russo Russo's New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen

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Founder and CEO

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At a Glance

Established: 1992, franchising in the US since 1998.

Average start up cost: £1,100,000

Min personal contribution: AOR

International Presence Locations across the US as well as Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Development type: Area Developers - we're looking for candidates to purchase 5+ unit deals in a regional area.

Franchise Info

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Established US Italian restaurant chain looking to expand into the UK

Russo's New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen offers fresh, high-quality gourmet New York style pizzas and authentic Italian food. Our chef-inspired concept, founded by Chef Anthony Russo, incorporates 100-year-old Italian family recipes.

Russo’s Restaurants is an international franchisor of the casual dining brand Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen. Based in Houston, Russo’s Restaurants is composed of a mix of corporate and franchised locations across the US and UAE.  We are now looking to expand across the UK and looking for experienced partners to develop the brand.

Why Russo’s?

What separates us from the other pizza chains? When you buy into our franchise, you’re benefiting from decades of experience. Most franchises in today’s marketplace don’t make their own pizza dough, pizza or pasta sauce, or fresh pasta anymore. We have confidence in our legacy of Old Country cooking and don’t need to dress it up with a lot of overpriced “foodie” artifice and excess. We put our money where our mouth is, in fresh flavour and a fresh approach to the pizzeria and Italian kitchen business.

Italian food provides comfort to those who are learning to enjoy takeout and the world’s eating habits are changing, so we’re helping that happen in a healthy, comforting, and appetizing way. Keeping ahead of, or on track with, the latest trends can be a huge factor in whether or not some guests choose to dine with us. Therefore, our menu has expanded to offer gluten-free, halal, and vegan options as well as an updated wine and beer lists.

Russo's New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen has been awarded: Entrepreneur 500, Inc. 5000, Franchise Times Top 200+, QSR, Pizza Today

The pizza and Italian segment of restaurant industry is the #1 food worldwide.  (source:  https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/pizza-worlds-most-popular-takeaway-dish-2020).

 Pizza and Italian generates remarkable profits for developers/operators. (source:  https://best4businesses.com/profitable-food-business/).

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Upscale casual pizza franchise

Every Russo’s answer the needs of its community. It becomes what it needs to become, depending on which services are most in demand — counter service, dine-in, delivery, takeout, and catering. Under your guidance and with our support, your business will reflect what your customers are all about and will take shape around the neighbourhood’s particular demographic. 

  • Space ranging from 1,500 to 3,500 sq ft
  • Strip and lifestyle centres
  • Urban/downtown locations
  • Conversions of existing restaurants
  • Enclosed mall/food court locations
  • University or office locations
  • Airport or other non-traditional locations
  • Fast-Casual Dining

Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen is designed for the lunch guest on-the-go, featuring fast-paced counter service and sit-down service, where a slice and salad can be delivered in under seven minutes. The menu features our award-winning pizza, with an ample selection of appetizers, salads, and pasta dishes for guests who prefer to dine-in.

Our overall approach is reminiscent of some of the first authentic pizzerias where everything was made from scratch with hand-picked ingredients, in a traditional Italian style.

Our flexible floor plan development, with an open kitchen concept, is set up to transition from counter to dine-in style service as needed. With an option for a craft beer and wine bar; Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchens serve beer and wine as a complement to a menu mix that average between 5% and 10% of total sales.

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4 Revenue Opportunities

Growing the bottom line comes easy with our unique revenue formula. With decades of experience in the pizza and Italian food industry, we deliver an opportunity for higher-than-average ticket sales and lower food costs while maintaining higher margins. 

1. Dine-in - Our classic pizzeria & Italian kitchens allow guests to experience traditional atmospheres while enjoying fresh, made-to-order pizza, pasta, and salads.

2. Delivery - Home delivery is on the rise now more than ever. Our stores allow customers to call in or, increasingly, place their order online for delivery.

3. Take Out - Approximately 20%–45% of our customers prefer takeout, making this service the most popular and profitable, while offering the same quick convenience as delivery.

4. Catering - Large family is what we do best. Bringing our recipes to our guest’s large or small event, whether corporate or private, allows us to bring a piece of our family to theirs.

Ideal partners

  • sales, marketing, and management experience
  • results oriented
  • build relationships, lead a team, with the motivation to excel
  • We're looking for candidates to purchase 5+ unit deals in a regional area.  You must have $2,000,000 in liquid capital and be ready to make a full-time commitment.

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Anthony Russo Russo's New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen

Interested in Russo's New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen?

Contact Anthony Russo

Founder and CEO

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Franchisor Interview
Interview with Anthony Russo, Founder, Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen

Russo's New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen is based in Houston, Texas and was established in 1992 by Anthony Russo. Anthony has stayed true to his roots, using classic Italian recipes with the finest of ingredients, to create the perfect New York style pizza, as well as soups, salads, pastas, calzones and dessert. Every dish is inspired by a Russo family recipe. Russo’s continues to expand across the US and internationally into Saudi Arabia and Dubai.  We are now looking for experienced partners in the UK.  In this article, Anthony talks about his journey into franchising, the passion behind the recipes he creates and his plans for the future.

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