Rank no.499 – Rosati’s Pizza – US
Products & Services: Pizza & Italian food
Number of Locations: 113
Total Investment: $116.69K – 679.5K
Began Franchising: 2006
About Rosati’s Pizza
The roots of Rosati’s Pizza go back to the early 1900’s, when Ferdinand Rosati opened a small restaurant in Chicago. His son, Sam, followed in his footsteps, opening his own restaurant in 1927. In 1964, Sam’s children used his recipes and opened Rosati’s, one of the first pizza places to offer delivery. The Rosati family still controls the business today, but began expanding through franchising in 2006.
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S.
Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing
Total Investment: $116,700 – $679,500
Franchise Fee: $25,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Net Worth: $200,000
Liquid Cash Available: $50,000
60% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 6 – 8. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (90% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
How This Franchise Supports Franchisees
Training: Available at headquarters: 2 weeks. At franchisee’s location: 2 weeks.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Grand opening, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives, Lease Negotiation
Marketing Support: Ad slicks, National media,
Franchise Ranking History
Franchise 500®: #499 (2013),
A TRADITION OF QUALITY for FIVE GENERATIONS.
“Give the people what they want.”
— Saverio (Sam) Rosati
Nearly a century ago these were the simple words Sam Rosati lived by; little did he know this humble philosophy helped shape the foundation on which Rosati’s Pizza was built.
Sam’s father began the family’s rich tradition of serving delicious Italian food to customers in his New York restaurant back in the late 1890’s. After the turn of the century, the family moved to Chicago and opened yet another fine ltalian restaurant featuring “Italian Style Pizza”, a tasty appetizer consisting of homemade tomato sauce served on a crispy piece of bread. In 1927, following in his father’s footsteps, Sam opened his own Italian restaurant in downtown Chicago.
When Sam retired, his sons were ready to continue the family tradition. The year was 1964 and pizza in America had evolved and was starting to take off. The first Rosati’s Pizza opened its doors in a suburb of Chicago.
In 1970, Rick Rosati, great grandson of Fred Sr., continued the family tradition and opened his own Rosati’s Pizza in Arlington Heights, Illinois. By 1978, a total of ten individual Rosati family members owned Rosati’s Pizza locations. In 1979 the family decided to expand the business and began franchising the Rosati’s Pizza concept. In 1996 Sam Rosati, great great grandson of Fred Sr. opened his first Rosati’s Pizza location in Belvidere, Illinois marking the fifth generation of Rosati family members serving delicious Italian food. Other locations soon followed and Rosati’s Pizza was on the map.
Born in Italy, Made in America.
The American Dream is alive and well at Rosati’s Pizza. Men and women from all parts of the country and from various backgrounds are throwing in the corporate towel to take control of their lives and become independent business owners. As a Rosati’s Pizza owner, you will be joining a company with a proven and solid record of success.
We’ve been serving up our signature pizza for generations, and the demand for more is growing every year!
Why not join us and grab YOUR slice of the American Dream?