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    Biggest pizza chains in America

    There are 350 slices of pizza consumed every second in the United States, and the average Americans 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.

    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. Sarpino's Pizzeria
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    #50. Sarpino's Pizzeria

    2016 U.S. sales: $47,468

    1-year sales change: 0.98%

    2016 U.S. units: 50

    1-year units change: 2.04%

    2016 average sales/unit: $949,360

    There are more than 70 locations of this chain pizzeria, which was founded in 2001. Sarpino’s is most popular in the Midwest, with locations on the East Coast in New York and Washington D.C. With more than 30 types of pizza to choose from (including the popular Thin Nacho Cheese Lovers Pizza), this chain has tons of options for everyone.

  • #49. PizzaRev
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    #49. PizzaRev

    2016 U.S. sales: $50,400

    1-year sales change: 51.81%

    2016 U.S. units: 44

    1-year units change: 37.50%

    2016 average sales/unit: $1,145,455

    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.
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    #48. Pie Five Pizza Co.

    2016 U.S. sales: $53,310

    1-year sales change: 110.40%

    2016 U.S. units: 88

    1-year units change: 62.96%

    2016 average sales/unit: $605,795

    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 more than 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. Me-N-Ed's Pizzeria
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    #47. Me-N-Ed's Pizzeria

    2016 U.S. sales: $53,600

    1-year sales change: -11.26%

    2016 U.S. units: 50

    1-year units change: -9.09%

    2016 average sales/unit: $1,072,000

    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. 

  • #46. Simple Simon's Pizza
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    #46. Simple Simon's Pizza

    2016 U.S. sales: $53,700

    1-year sales change: 0.19%

    2016 U.S. units: 180

    1-year units change: -2.17%

    2016 average sales/unit: $298,333

    Tulsa, Okla., chain Simple Simon’s has been serving up hot slices for 35 years. Their straightforward, classic pies and different calzones are a hit at more than 200 locations across the country. 

  • #45. Giovanni's Pizza
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    #45. Giovanni's Pizza

    2016 U.S. sales: $56,400

    1-year sales change: -1.40%

    2016 U.S. units: 104

    1-year units change: -0.95%

    2016 average sales/unit: $542,308

    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.

  • #44. Happy's Pizza
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    #44. Happy's Pizza

    2016 U.S. sales: $63,900

    1-year sales change: -2.59%

    2016 U.S. units: 70

    1-year units change: -4.11%

    2016 average sales/unit: $912,857

    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.

  • #43. Monical's Pizza
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    #43. Monical's Pizza

    2016 U.S. sales: $66,700

    1-year sales change: 2.71%

    2016 U.S. units: 64

    1-year units change: 1.59%

    2016 average sales/unit: $1,042,188

    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.

  • #42. Pizza Factory
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    #42. Pizza Factory

    2016 U.S. sales: $67,564

    1-year sales change: 11.22%

    2016 U.S. units: 109

    1-year units change: -1.80%

    2016 average sales/unit: $619,853

    West Coast favorite Pizza Factory has been in business for more than 30 years, and is known for their hand-tossed pizzas. Their menu features classics like cheese, meat, and veggie pies, but also has a few surprises, like Cajun chicken, Greek, and Fiesta.

  • #41. Brixx Wood Fired Pizza
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    #41. Brixx Wood Fired Pizza

    2016 U.S. sales: $67,600

    1-year sales change: 14.97%

    2016 U.S. units: 32

    1-year units change: 6.67%

    2016 average sales/unit: $2,112,500

    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

  • #40. Famous Famiglia
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    #40. Famous Famiglia

    2016 U.S. sales: $69,300

    1-year sales change: -11.38%

    2016 U.S. units: 77

    1-year units change: -9.41%

    2016 average sales/unit: $900,000

    Straight from Italy, “Mamma Rosa” became recognized in New York City for her outstanding pizza, and and Famous Famiglia quickly grew throughout the city. Today, there are more than 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.

  • #39. Topper's Pizza
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    #39. Topper's Pizza

    2016 U.S. sales: $70,300

    1-year sales change: 17.60%

    2016 U.S. units: 85

    1-year units change: 16.44%

    2016 average sales/unit: $827,059

    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 not hard to to see why, either, with late-night fare like macaroni and cheese, nachos, and tater tot pizza.

  • #38. Peter Piper Pizza
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    #38. Peter Piper Pizza

    2016 U.S. sales: $76,000

    1-year sales change: 7.29%

    2016 U.S. units: 98

    1-year units change: 4.26%

    2016 average sales/unit: $72,408

    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.

  • #37. Dion's Pizza
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    #37. Dion's Pizza

    2016 U.S. sales: $70,900

    1-year sales change: 13.80%

    2016 U.S. units: 23

    1-year units change: 9.52%

    2016 average sales/unit: $3,082,609

    Dion’s was founded in Albuquerque, NM more than 40 years ago. It’s a mainstay throughout the state with 18 locations, and a few others in Texas and Colorado. Dion’s started out as a Greek eatery, but while waiting for the restaurant's equipment, the staff sold pizza. The rest is history. 

  • #36. Imo's Pizza
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    #36. Imo's Pizza

    2016 U.S. sales: $75,200

    1-year sales change: 4.59%

    2016 U.S. units: 98

    1-year units change: 2.08%

    2016 average sales/unit: $767,347

    The Midwest is packed with Imo’s Pizza locations: 99, to be exact. The chain’s original location in Missouri only offered takeout and delivery. There's seating room now, but the restaurant still serves up straightforward pizza pies with just a few non-traditional selections. If you’re feeling adventurous, try out Imo’s BBQ chicken pie.

  • #35. Shakey's Pizza Parlor
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    #35. Shakey's Pizza Parlor

    2016 U.S. sales: $87,300

    1-year sales change: 4.93%

    2016 U.S. units: 53

    1-year units change: 3.92%

    2016 average sales/unit: $1,647,170

    Shakey’s Pizza Parlor opened its doors in 1954, serving beer and pizza alongside live swing and jazz music. The establishment has since evolved, while still remaining true to its fun roots. Its simplistic, endearing slogan says it all: “You’ll have fun at Shakey’s, also pizza.”

  • #34. Pizza Inn
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    #34. Pizza Inn

    2016 U.S. sales: $88,662

    1-year sales change: -4.61%

    2016 U.S. units: 162

    1-year units change: -9.50%

    2016 average sales/unit: $547,296

    Pizza Inn has specialized in pan pizza since its founding in 1958. The restaurant now operates 158 locations in the U.S. and another 310 internationally. Pizza Inn offers a number of unusual pies, such as the “Loaded Baked Potato” and spinach alfredo pizza, and you can also get non-pizza fare like stromboli, pasta, and chicken wings.

  • #33. Pieology Pizzeria
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    #33. Pieology Pizzeria

    2016 U.S. sales: $93,400

    1-year sales change: 25.18%

    2016 U.S. units: 131

    1-year units change: 67.95%

    2016 average sales/unit: $712,977

    Pieology Pizzeria is a newer chain founded in 2010, and already has nearly 200 locations across the United States. Pieology’s premise is to create your own pizza using fresh, high-quality ingredients. There are six crusts to choose from, and dozens of toppings. Pieology also provides an “after bake” sauce, in case the initial sauce doesn't suffice. 

  • #32. Giordano's
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    #32. Giordano's

    2016 U.S. sales: $99,100

    1-year sales change: 21.15%

    2016 U.S. units: 63

    1-year units change: 14.55%

    2016 average sales/unit: $1,573,016

    Giordano’s is known for one thing: deep-dish pizza. What you might not realize is that Giordano’s started in Torino, Italy as an Easter pie that Mamma Giordano would serve on special occasions. Giordano's sons moved from Italy to Chicago, and started making their mom’s stuffed pizza in 1947. Don’t worry if you don’t have proximity to one of these restaurants—Giordano’s is happy to ship a pie to your doorstep.

  • #31. Ledo Pizza
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    #31. Ledo Pizza

    2016 U.S. sales: $115,000

    1-year sales change: 4.57%

    2016 U.S. units: 101

    1-year units change: 2.02%

    2016 average sales/unit: $1,138,614

    Ledo Pizza was founded in 1955, serving customers in Maryland and along the East Coast at more than 80 locations. The chain is known for its rectangular pies and thick-cut pepperoni. Ledo has innovative pizzas like mac and cheese, Korean BBQ steak, and pesto, as well as sandwiches, stromboli, and salads.

  • #30. Fox's Pizza Den
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    #30. Fox's Pizza Den

    2016 U.S. sales: $119,200

    1-year sales change: -4.03%

    2016 U.S. units: 230

    1-year units change: -4.96%

    2016 average sales/unit: $518,261

    Fox’s Pizza Den was founded in 1971 and sticks to a traditional menu with round, Sicilian, and extra-large pies. Keeping things simple works for Fox’s: the restaurant has more than 250 locations.

  • #29. Gatti's Pizza
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    #29. Gatti's Pizza

    2016 U.S. sales: $121,000

    1-year sales change: 2.98%

    2016 U.S. units: 89

    1-year units change: 5.95%

    2016 average sales/unit: $1,359,551

    Gatti’s is a beloved Southern pizza chain founded in 1964, best-known for its tangy tomato sauce. The menu offers classic pizzas in addition to novelties like its "double cheeseburger pie."

  • #28. Mazzio's Italian Eatery
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    #28. Mazzio's Italian Eatery

    2016 U.S. sales: $121,600

    1-year sales change: -2.41%

    2016 U.S. units: 130

    1-year units change: -2.26%

    2016 average sales/unit: $935,385

    Mazzio’s was founded in 1961 in Tulsa, Okla., and has since expanded to more than 165 locations in 10 states. The restaurant’s menu features dozens of different specialty pizzas, including a few stuffed crust options and other delicious Italian options.

  • #27. Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
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    #27. Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

    2016 U.S. sales: $123,100

    1-year sales change: 16.68%

    2016 U.S. units: 62

    1-year units change: 19.23%

    2016 average sales/unit: $1,985,484

    Popular along the East Coast with 68 locations, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza prides itself on freshly made dough and the best plum tomatoes imported from Italy. Anthony’s sticks to traditional pies like white pizza, eggplant, and margherita, and offers other Italian dishes like meatballs and broccoli rabe.

  • #26. Rosati's Pizza
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    #26. Rosati's Pizza

    2016 U.S. sales: $125,100

    1-year sales change: 5.93%

    2016 U.S. units: 195

    1-year units change: 2.63%

    2016 average sales/unit: $641,538

    Rosati’s has been serving pizza since 1964. Whether you design your own deep dish pie or pick one from the menu, you can rest assured you’re tasting the same recipes Sam Rosati used more than half a century ago. 

  • #25. Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen
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    #25. Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen

    2016 U.S. sales: $126,000

    1-year sales change: 4.22%

    2016 U.S. units: 220

    1-year units change: 0.92%

    2016 average sales/unit: $572,727

    Michael Sotto opened the first Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen in 1964 in New York using recipes from Naples, Italy. The restaurant has since grown to 250 restaurants worldwide. Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen stays loyal to its Italian roots, serving classic pies, stromboli, and pasta.

  • #24. Mountain Mike's Pizza
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    #24. Mountain Mike's Pizza

    2016 U.S. sales: $13,070

    1-year sales change: 7.08%

    2016 U.S. units: 180

    1-year units change: 9.76%

    2016 average sales/unit: $726,111

    Mountain Mike’s Pizza is a California staple, with 180 locations along the West Coast. The menu consists of a dozen specialty pizzas, all named after different mountain ranges, like Everest, Mt. St. Helens, and Diamond Head.

  • #23. Papa Gino's Pizzeria
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    #23. Papa Gino's Pizzeria

    2016 U.S. sales: $132,900

    1-year sales change: -8.14%

    2016 U.S. units: 155

    1-year units change: -4.91%

    2016 average sales/unit: $857,419

    Papa Gino’s has been in New England since 1961, when Gino and his wife came to Boston from Italy. There are now more than 150 Papa Gino’s locations featuring that same authentic flavor.

  • #22. Pizza Pro
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    #22. Pizza Pro

    2016 U.S. sales: $139,500

    1-year sales change: 3.10%

    2016 U.S. units: 468

    1-year units change: 1.30%

    2016 average sales/unit: $298,077

    Arkansan Scott Stevens was looking a better-quality, lower-priced pizza, so in 1985, he created Pizza Pro. Stevens started the franchise in 1992, and has continued growing, giving customers lots of options to build their own pizza pies from crust to topping.

  • #21. LaRosa's Pizza
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    #21. LaRosa's Pizza

    2016 U.S. sales: $149,403

    1-year sales change: 2.68%

    2016 U.S. units: 65

    1-year units change: -1.52%

    2016 average sales/unit: $2,298,508

    LaRosa’s Pizza was founded in 1954 by Donald “Buddy” LaRosa and a few friends. Today, the pizzeria has more than 60 restaurants, primarily in the Midwest. This old-school Italian neighborhood franchise has dozens of pies, along with a gluten-free crust option.

  • #20. MOD Pizza
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    #20. MOD Pizza

    2016 U.S. sales: $149,800

    1-year sales change: 129.75%

    2016 U.S. units: 187

    1-year units change: 103.26%

    2016 average sales/unit: $801,070

    Fast and casual are what you'll find at MOD. The restaurant was founded in 2008 in Seattle, delivering artisanal pizza to the masses. The price stays the same whether you build your own pie or order off the menu—even if you pile on the toppings.

  • #19. Bertucci's
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    #19. Bertucci's

    2016 U.S. sales: $184,200

    1-year sales change: -3.96%

    2016 U.S. units: 83

    1-year units change: -3.49%

    2016 average sales/unit: $2,219,277

    Bertucci’s was founded in 1981 in Somerville, Mass., and quickly spread to surrounding areas. Today, there are 58 locations up and down the East Coast. The restaurant specializes in classic, Italian cuisine in addition to brick oven pizza—all of which you can see being prepared in an open kitchen.

  • #18. Blaze Pizza
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    #18. Blaze Pizza

    2016 U.S. sales: $184,500

    1-year sales change: 82.13%

    2016 U.S. units: 169

    1-year units change: 62.50%

    2016 average sales/unit: $1,091,716

    Blaze opened in 2011 in California as a fast-casual chain, churning out each pizza in just 180 seconds thanks to their ovens' extreme heat. So if you want something speedy and delicious, Blaze is your place.

  • #17. Donatos Pizza
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    #17. Donatos Pizza

    2016 U.S. sales: $189,900

    1-year sales change: 3.43%

    2016 U.S. units: 157

    1-year units change: 2.61%

    2016 average sales/unit: $1,209,554

    Jim Grote fell in love with making pizza, opened his own pizzeria in Columbus, Ohio in 1963 and never looked back. Donatos now has 150 locations in nine states. The restaurant’s award-winning dough comes from the same recipe Grote used more than 50 years ago. Donatos puts 100 pieces of pepperoni on every pepperoni pie ordered, and only uses handmade sausage and real mozzarella.

  • #16. Sbarro
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    #16. Sbarro

    2016 U.S. sales: $190,000

    1-year sales change: -10.63%

    2016 U.S. units: 305

    1-year units change: -8.41%

    2016 average sales/unit: $622,951

    Sbarro is an American mall staple, with more than 800 locations throughout the U.S. The franchise behemoth was founded in 1956 in Brooklyn, NY, and is famous for its loaded stromboli as much as its pizza.

  • #15. Pizza Ranch
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    #15. Pizza Ranch

    2016 U.S. sales: $231,791

    1-year sales change: 1.38%

    2016 U.S. units: 199

    1-year units change: 3.65%

    2016 average sales/unit: $1,164,779

    Pizza Ranch is a Midwestern franchise beloved for its pizza buffet. The franchise, founded in 1981, has 201 locations across the country.

  • #14. Godfather's pizza
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    #14. Godfather's pizza

    2016 U.S. sales: $269,400

    1-year sales change: -9.96%

    2016 U.S. units: 448

    1-year units change: -18.69%

    2016 average sales/unit: $601,339

    Godfather’s Pizza has that old-school Italian feel and is simply “a pizza you can’t refuse.” The restaurant was founded by William Theisen in 1973. Later on, Pillsbury bought the franchise. Godfather’s advertising is based on a satire of Marlon Brando’s character in the "Godfather" films. The chain offers four types of crust: original, golden, “Mozz-Loaded,” and thin.

  • #13. Jet's Pizza
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    #13. Jet's Pizza

    2016 U.S. sales: $368,400

    1-year sales change: 8.51%

    2016 U.S. units: 404

    1-year units change: 5.21%

    2016 average sales/unit: $911,881

    Jet’s Pizza has been a Michigan staple since its founding in 1978. The franchise is famous for its rectangular pizza, offering only a few round options. You can also “flavorize” your crust with sesame seeds, butter, garlic, and parmesan.

  • #12. Hungry Howie's Pizza
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    #12. Hungry Howie's Pizza

    2016 U.S. sales: $378,222

    1-year sales change: 7.37%

    2016 U.S. units: 548

    1-year units change: 0.00%

    2016 average sales/unit: $690,186

    Hungry Howie’s is home to the “original flavored crust,” and has been since its founding in 1973. The crust comes in nine flavors ranging from ranch to Cajun. The restaurant has eight sizes of pizza, dozens of toppings, and serves up delicious “Howie Bread” and “Howie Rolls.”

  • #11. Chuck E. Cheese's
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    #11. Chuck E. Cheese's

    2016 U.S. sales: $404,400

    1-year sales change: 3.16%

    2016 U.S. units: 540

    1-year units change: -2.35%

    2016 average sales/unit: $748,889

    Chuck E. Cheese’s has been an American staple for children’s birthday parties since 1977. The entire concept is based around entertainment for kids and was established by Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell. Today, there are 600 Chuck E. Cheese restaurants in 47 states and 15 countries.

  • #10. Cici's
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    #10. Cici's

    2016 U.S. sales: $417,000

    1-year sales change: -1.21%

    2016 U.S. units: 440

    1-year units change: -1.12%

    2016 average sales/unit: $947,727

    Cici’s is famous for its pizza buffet. Founded in Texas in 1975, Cici's has 445 restaurants in a whopping 33 states. One of the chain's more famous creations is its macaroni and cheese pizza. If all that wasn’t enough, Cici’s in 2015 debuted a new advertising campaign that went “beyond pizza” to show how more much the restaurant has to offer.

  • #9. Mellow Mushroom
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    #9. Mellow Mushroom

    2016 U.S. sales: $433,600

    1-year sales change: 8.84%

    2016 U.S. units: 192

    1-year units change: 6.08%

    2016 average sales/unit: $2,258,333

    Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers was founded in Georgia in 1974. Today, the chain’s 150 stores are filled with eclectic art and offer a family-friendly environment. Mellow Mushroom is known for its spring water crust, stone-baked pizza, and dedication to customer service. The chain has even gone mobile with the Bake Bus, a traveling pizza oven they park at festivals, concerts, and sporting events throughout the country.  

  • #8. Round Table Pizza
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    #8. Round Table Pizza

    2016 U.S. sales: $442,558

    1-year sales change: 4.35%

    2016 U.S. units: 433

    1-year units change: -0.92%

    2016 average sales/unit: $1,022,074

    Round Table Pizza was founded in California in 1959, and has 450 locations across the U.S. The restaurant offers more than 30 unique pizza combinations in five different sizes, so you can treat yourself or the entire family.

  • #7. Marco's Pizza
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    #7. Marco's Pizza

    2016 U.S. sales: $488,900

    1-year sales change: 16.96%

    2016 U.S. units: 770

    1-year units change: 15.44%

    2016 average sales/unit: $634,935

    When Pasquale Giammarco founded Marco’s in 1978 in Toledo, Ohio, he applied his Italian heritage to the recipes and menu. The franchise continues the same tradition today. Giammarco’s vision resonated with the public: Marco’s plans to open its 1,000th store in 2019.

  • #6. California Pizza Kitchen
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    #6. California Pizza Kitchen

    2016 U.S. sales: $762,500

    1-year sales change: 3.38%

    2016 U.S. units: 232

    1-year units change: 1.75%

    2016 average sales/unit: $3,286,638

    California Pizza Kitchen (or CPK) opened its doors in 1985, and now has 250 locations in 30 states and 11 countries. The franchise uses high-quality ingredients to create unique, artisan-style pizzas like Jamaican jerk chicken. 

  • #5. Papa Murphy's Pizza
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    #5. Papa Murphy's Pizza

    2016 U.S. sales: $884,780

    1-year sales change: 0.49%

    2016 U.S. units: 1,537

    1-year units change: 2.74%

    2016 average sales/unit: $575,654

    Papa Murphy’s was founded in 1995 in Vancouver, WA. The restaurant sells what's known as a “take-and-bake” pizza: delivered to you raw to be baked hot and fresh in your own kitchen. It was a unique concept that resonated with fans, which is why Papa Murphy’s has 1,300 stores across the United States and Canada.

  • #4. Papa John's
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    #4. Papa John's

    2016 U.S. sales: $2,931,550

    1-year sales change: 4.28%

    2016 U.S. units: 3,331

    1-year units change: 1.25%

    2016 average sales/unit: $880,081

    Papa John’s was founded in 1984 in Jacksonville, Ind., and has exploded to 5,000 locations in 45 countries. The franchise prides itself on serving up the best ingredients for every occasion.

  • #3. Little Caesars
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    #3. Little Caesars

    2016 U.S. sales: $3,800,000

    1-year sales change: 7.80%

    2016 U.S. units: 4,388

    1-year units change: 3.10%

    2016 average sales/unit: $865,998

    Mike and Marian opened the first Little Caesars in Michigan in 1959. The couple franchised in 1962, and today there are more than 5,000 Little Caesars locations in operation. The most popular item on the menu is the restaurant’s $5 “Hot-N-Ready” option.

  • #2. Domino's
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    #2. Domino's

    2016 U.S. sales: $5,479,000

    1-year sales change: 14.15%

    2016 U.S. units: 5,371

    1-year units change: 3.29%

    2016 average sales/unit: $1,020,108

    Domino’s Pizza, now known as Domino’s, was founded in 1960 in Michigan and now has about 14,000 locations worldwide. The company became famous after expanding from traditional pizza into other areas, like their fan favorite “stuffed cheesy bread.” The restaurant was the first to patent insulated bags to keep pizza piping-hot during delivery—and was first to introduce the online pizza tracker back in 2008.

  • #1. Pizza Hut
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    #1. Pizza Hut

    2016 U.S. sales: $5,751,381

    1-year sales change: 0.83%

    2016 U.S. units: 7,689

    1-year units change: -1.70%

    2016 average sales/unit: $748,001

    The largest pizza chain in the country is Pizza Hut. In 1958, two brothers opened up the first Pizza Hut in Wichita, Kansas, using homegrown ingredients. Today there are more than 16,000 Pizza Hut locations worldwide.

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