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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 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.

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#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.

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#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).

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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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#40. Pizza Factory

- 2017 U.S. sales: $71 million
- 1-year sales change: 5.1%
- 2017 U.S. units: 109
- 1-year units change: 0%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $651,000

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

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#39. Dion's Pizza

- 2017 U.S. sales: $73.6 million
- 1-year sales change: 7.1%
- 2017 U.S. units: 23
- 1-year units change: 0%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $3.2 million

Dion’s was founded in Albuquerque, NM over 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.

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#38. Oregano's Pizza Bistro

- 2017 U.S. sales: $74.6 million
- 1-year sales change: 17.1%
- 2017 U.S. units: 21
- 1-year units change: 16.7%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $3.55 million

The Phoenix-based Oregano’s Pizza Bistro celebrated its 20-year anniversary in 2013. The company opened its first location in Old Town Scottsdale in 1993, and since has grown to 21 in-state shops with three in Colorado as well. Oregano’s serves up its Chicago roots pizza in deep dish style—pan and stuffed—and a thin crust variety and is known for its pizza cookie dessert: over a half-pound of cookie dough baked in a pan underneath three scoops of ice cream.

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#37. Imo's PIzza

- 2017 U.S. sales: $76.9 million
- 1-year sales change: 2.3%
- 2017 U.S. units: 98
- 1-year units change: 0%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $784,000

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.

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#36. Pizza Inn

- 2017 U.S. sales: $88.4 million
- 1-year sales change: -0.2%
- 2017 U.S. units: 161
- 1-year units change: -0.6%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $549,000

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 several 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.

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#35. Shakey's Pizza Parlor

- 2017 U.S. sales: $90.4 million
- 1-year sales change: 3.2%
- 2017 U.S. units: 60
- 1-year units change: 9.1%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $1.51 million

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.”

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#34. Grimaldi's Coal Brick-Oven

- 2017 U.S. sales: $100 million
- 1-year sales change: 7.1%
- 2017 U.S. units: 46
- 1-year units change: 2.2%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $2.18 million

Grimaldi’s is a Brooklyn institution, first started in DUMBO in 1990 around a family tradition of coal-fired brick oven pizza. The company now has locations in Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin. Customers—particularly lovers of thin crust—can choose from a plethora of fresh toppings and three different sizes, but the margherita is the unquestioned classic.

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#33. Pieology Pizzeria

- 2017 U.S. sales: $107 million
- 1-year sales change: 15.5%
- 2017 U.S. units: 135
- 1-year units change: 3.1%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $799,000

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.

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#32. Fox's Pizza Den

- 2017 U.S. sales: $113 million
- 1-year sales change: -4.5%
- 2017 U.S. units: 220
- 1-year units change: -4.3%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $517,000

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 over 250 locations.

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#31. Mazzio's Italian Eatery

- 2017 U.S. sales: $114 million
- 1-year sales change: -5.3%
- 2017 U.S. units: 126
- 1-year units change: -3.1%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $906,000

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.

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#30. Ledo Pizza

- 2017 U.S. sales: $118 million
- 1-year sales change: 3%
- 2017 U.S. units: 103
- 1-year units change: 2%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $1.15 million

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.

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#29. Rosati's Pizza

- 2017 U.S. sales: $119 million
- 1-year sales change: 5.1%
- 2017 U.S. units: 195
- 1-year units change: 1%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $611,000

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

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#28. Gatti's Pizza

- 2017 U.S. sales: $125 million
- 1-year sales change: 5%
- 2017 U.S. units: 82
- 1-year units change: 5.1%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $1.53 million

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

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#27. Papa Gino's Pizzeria

- 2017 U.S. sales: $125 million
- 1-year sales change: -4.4%
- 2017 U.S. units: 149
- 1-year units change: -3.9%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $853,000

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

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#26. Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen

- 2017 U.S. sales: $128 million
- 1-year sales change: 2.2%
- 2017 U.S. units: 221
- 1-year units change: 0.5%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $582,000

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.

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#25. Pizza Pro

- 2017 U.S. sales: $129 million
- 1-year sales change: -2.1%
- 2017 U.S. units: 440
- 1-year units change: -1.8%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $293,000

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.

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#24. Giordano's

- 2017 U.S. sales: $136 million
- 1-year sales change: 12%
- 2017 U.S. units: 66
- 1-year units change: 6.5%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $2.07 million

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.

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#23. Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

- 2017 U.S. sales: $145 million
- 1-year sales change: 17.8%
- 2017 U.S. units: 68
- 1-year units change: 9.7%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $2.13 million

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.

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#22. Mountain Mike's Pizza

- 2017 U.S. sales: $150 million
- 1-year sales change: 7.7%
- 2017 U.S. units: 188
- 1-year units change: 7.4%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $799,000

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

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#21. LaRosa's Pizza

- 2017 U.S. sales: $156 million
- 1-year sales change: 4.5%
- 2017 U.S. units: 65
- 1-year units change: 0%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $2.4 million

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.

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#20. Bertucci's

- 2017 U.S. sales: $166 million
- 1-year sales change: -6.9%
- 2017 U.S. units: 79
- 1-year units change: -4.8%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $2.1 million

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 besides brick oven pizza—all of which you can see being prepared in an open kitchen.

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#19. Donatos Pizza

- 2017 U.S. sales: $167 million
- 1-year sales change: 0%
- 2017 U.S. units: 160
- 1-year units change: 3.2%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $1.05 million

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.

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#18. Pizza Ranch

- 2017 U.S. sales: $234 million
- 1-year sales change: 1%
- 2017 U.S. units: 203
- 1-year units change: 2%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $1.15 million

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

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#17. Sbarro

- 2017 U.S. sales: $236 million
- 1-year sales change: -5.5%
- 2017 U.S. units: 342
- 1-year units change: 1.2%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $690,000

Sbarro is an American mall staple, with over 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.

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#16. Godfather's Pizza

- 2017 U.S. sales: $252 million
- 1-year sales change: -6.3%
- 2017 U.S. units: 514
- 1-year units change: 14.7%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $491,000

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.

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#15. MOD Pizza

- 2017 U.S. sales: $270 million
- 1-year sales change: 80.2%
- 2017 U.S. units: 297
- 1-year units change: 58.8%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $909,000

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.

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#14. Blaze Pizza

- 2017 U.S. sales: $271 million
- 1-year sales change: 48.9%
- 2017 U.S. units: 230
- 1-year units change: 36.1%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $1.18 million

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.

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#13. Jet's Pizza

- 2017 U.S. sales: $374 million
- 1-year sales change: 2.9%
- 2017 U.S. units: 400
- 1-year units change: 1.3%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $936,000

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.

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#12. Chuck E. Cheese's

- 2017 U.S. sales: $402 million
- 1-year sales change: -0.5%
- 2017 U.S. units: 549
- 1-year units change: 1.7%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $733,000

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.

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#11. Hungry Howie's Pizza

- 2017 U.S. sales: $403 million
- 1-year sales change: 6.6%
- 2017 U.S. units: 552
- 1-year units change: 0.7%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $730,000

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.”

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#10. Cici's

- 2017 U.S. sales: $420 million
- 1-year sales change: -1.1%
- 2017 U.S. units: 444
- 1-year units change: -0.2%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $947,000

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.

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#9. Round Table Pizza

- 2017 U.S. sales: $444 million
- 1-year sales change: 0.5%
- 2017 U.S. units: 429
- 1-year units change: -0.9%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $1.04 million

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

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#8. Mellow Mushroom

- 2017 U.S. sales: $445 million
- 1-year sales change: 2.7%
- 2017 U.S. units: 193
- 1-year units change: 0.5%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $2.31 million

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.

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#7. Marco's Pizza

- 2017 U.S. sales: $549 million
- 1-year sales change: 12.4%
- 2017 U.S. units: 967
- 1-year units change: 12.6%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $633,000

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.

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#6. California Pizza Kitchen

- 2017 U.S. sales: $665 million
- 1-year sales change: 3.3%
- 2017 U.S. units: 204
- 1-year units change: -0.5%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $3.26 million

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.

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#5. Papa Murphy's Pizza

- 2017 U.S. sales: $832 million
- 1-year sales change: -5.9%
- 2017 U.S. units: 1483
- 1-year units change: -3.5%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $561,000

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.

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#4. Papa John's

- 2017 U.S. sales: $2.009 billion
- 1-year sales change: 2.8%
- 2017 U.S. units: 3314
- 1-year units change: -0.5%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $908,000

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.

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#3. Little Caesars

- 2017 U.S. sales: $3.722 billion
- 1-year sales change: 2.1%
- 2017 U.S. units: 4332
- 1-year units change: 0.2%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $859,000

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

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#2. Pizza Hut

- 2017 U.S. sales: $5.51 billion
- 1-year sales change: -4.2%
- 2017 U.S. units: 7522
- 1-year units change: -2.2%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $732,000

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 over 16,000 Pizza Hut locations worldwide.

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#1. Domino's

- 2017 U.S. sales: $5.925 billion
- 1-year sales change: 11.1%
- 2017 U.S. units: 5587
- 1-year units change: 4%
- 2017 average sales/unit: $1.06 million

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.

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