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Biggest pizza chains in America

  • Biggest pizza chains in America

    There are 350 slices of pizza consumed every second in the United States, and the average American eats pizza at least once a month. Crust, cheese, and sauce: What’s not to love about a good, old-fashioned slice? Pizza has been a staple of the American diet since the late 19th century and was named the fastest-growing segment of casual restaurant chains in 2017. How much does America love pizza? $45.1 billion in annual sales should give you a rough idea.

    Those of us who do not live in New York and Chicago know there’s much more to the story than the two-city debate for supremacy. Regional styles abound, from New Haven, Detroit, and Philadelphia, to Arizona and California staples. Some are classic fast-food franchises, customizable and deliverable to our doorsteps in less than 60 minutes; others are brick-and-mortar family joints whose popularity necessitated expansion into every corner of the contiguous States.

    You’ll find plenty of mouth-watering trivia and information within this list whether you are a self-proclaimed aficionado or a health-conscious one-per-month consumer. You could figure that the Holy Trinity of commercialized express companies—Domino’s, Papa John’s, and Pizza Hut—fall somewhere in the top 10 on this list, but can you guess in what order? What about the name of the iconic brick-oven New York pizza company that has somehow found its way into areas like Idaho, Wisconsin, and Arizona?

    And let’s not forget the idiosyncrasies in between: a children’s playhouse that coexists as a 600-franchise pizza joint; a Texas buffet-style restaurant experience that dishes out a macaroni and cheese pie; a fast-casual chain only in operation since 2011 that not only churns out 180-second pizzas, but drove over $1 million in sales per unit six years later.

    To help you find your next favorite slice, Stacker looked through the Pizza Magazine Quarterly Power Report and rounded up the 50 biggest pizza chains in the country. Did your favorite make the list?

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  • #50. Giovanni's Pizza

    - 2017 U.S. sales: $55 million
    - 1-year sales change: -3.3%
    - 2017 U.S. units: 98
    - 1-year units change: -3.9%
    - 2017 average sales/unit: $561,000

    Giovanni’s Pizza was founded in 1969 and has kept operations relatively small. The restaurant offers five pizza sizes to ensure you get just what you need. The chain also offers a dessert “pizza cookie” on the menu to satisfy your sweet tooth.

  • #49. PizzaRev

    - 2017 U.S. sales: $57.1 million
    - 1-year sales change: 18%
    - 2017 U.S. units: 43
    - 1-year units change: 4.9%
    - 2017 average sales/unit: $1.33 million

    Being called the Subway of Pizza is not a bad thing for PizzaRev, which has grown to include more than 50 locations across the U.S. since 2012. The chain's expansion was fueled by investments from Buffalo Wild Wings as well as a former McDonald's executive. PizzaRev gives you the option to create any pizza you crave—even vegan sausage.

  • #48. Pie Five Pizza Co.

    - 2017 U.S. sales: $57.2 million
    - 1-year sales change: 7.2%
    - 2017 U.S. units: 84
    - 1-year units change: -4.5%
    - 2017 average sales/unit: $680,000

    Want your pizza in five minutes or less? Founded in 2011, Pie Five Pizza Co. prides itself on speedy service. It first became famous in the Dallas area and has grown to include locations in over 20 states. You can make your own pie with cauliflower crust, or pick from one of their specialty menu items, like crab dip pizza (available in Maryland, Washington D.C., or Delaware).

  • #47. Happy's Pizza

    - 2017 U.S. sales: $59.8 million
    - 1-year sales change: -4.7%
    - 2017 U.S. units: 67
    - 1-year units change: -4.3%
    - 2017 average sales/unit: $879,000

    Happy’s was founded in Detroit in 1994 and quickly expanded to other locations. Now, with 80 Happy’s Pizza locations across the country, this chain is bound to put a smile on your face. They serve BBQ ribs, shrimp, and chicken wings, and of course pizza.

  • #46. Me-N-Ed's Pizzeria

    - 2017 U.S. sales: $60.4 million
    - 1-year sales change: 0.3%
    - 2017 U.S. units: 59
    - 1-year units change: 0%
    - 2017 average sales/unit: $1.02 million

    Me-N-Ed’s Pizzeria has been serving pizza-lovers all over the country for more than half a century. With 60 locations, this franchise, which began in central California, makes its dough fresh every day.

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  • #45. Topper's Pizza

    - 2017 U.S. sales: $61.2 million
    - 1-year sales change: -1%
    - 2017 U.S. units: 82
    - 1-year units change: 7.9%
    - 2017 average sales/unit: $746,000

    Founded in 1991 in Champaign, Ill., Topper’s has 85 locations throughout the South and Midwest that are popular with the college-aged crowd. It’s easy to to see why, either, with late-night fare like macaroni and cheese, nachos, and tater tot pizza.

  • #44. Famous Famiglia

    - 2017 U.S. sales: $64.6 million
    - 1-year sales change: -6.8%
    - 2017 U.S. units: 77
    - 1-year units change: 0%
    - 2017 average sales/unit: $836,000

    Straight from Italy, “Mamma Rosa” became recognized in New York City for her outstanding pizza, and Famous Famiglia quickly grew throughout the city. Today, there are over 50 locations in the United States, and a few international restaurants as well. This family-owned franchise remains true to its Italian roots with a simple pizza menu and comforting Italian-American dishes like spaghetti with meatballs.

  • #43. Peter Piper PIzza

    - 2017 U.S. sales: $65.8 million
    - 1-year sales change: 1.7%
    - 2017 U.S. units: 103
    - 1-year units change: 5.1%
    - 2017 average sales/unit: $638,000

    If you’re looking for a fun place to take the kids, Peter Piper Pizza fits the bill. Founded in Arizona in 1973, the franchise boasts 149 locations throughout the South that are beloved for their pizza and game rooms with playground equipment and classic arcade games.

  • #42. Monical's Pizza

    - 2017 U.S. sales: $69 million
    - 1-year sales change: 2.8%
    - 2017 U.S. units: 63
    - 1-year units change: 0%
    - 2017 average sales/unit: $1.1 million

    Founded in 1959, Monical’s is one of the oldest chains on this list. The restaurant was founded in Illinois, and remains very popular. One of the more unique items on Monical’s menu is “Point Pizza,” a thicker, triangular pie with a sweeter sauce.

  • #41. Brixx Wood Fired Pizza

    - 2017 U.S. sales: $69.2 million
    - 1-year sales change: 4.1%
    - 2017 U.S. units: 31
    - 1-year units change: 0%
    - 2017 average sales/unit: $2.23 million

    Brixx Wood Fired Pizza has been turning out pizzas since 1998. The franchise, beloved throughout the Southeast, takes pride in its wood-burning ovens, handmade mozzarella, and fresh dough. Brixx has countless options for vegan, vegetarian, or traditional pizza lovers and even offers a few brunch pizzas. Most recently, they started offering wood-fired wings.

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