Russo's New York Pizzeria

Russo's Restaurants is a national and international franchisor of the casual dining brand Russo's New York Pizzeria.

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Russo's New York Pizzeria


Russo's New York Pizzeria Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2022


It Started In the Russo Family Kitchen
The son of first-generation Italian immigrants, Chef Anthony Russo grew up in a New Jersey home where the kitchen was the center of family life. There was always cooking and baking at home, and many of the ingredients came from the family garden - just as his Grandpa and Nonna Russo did back in Avellino, Italy.

These experiences stuck with young Anthony as his family moved to Galveston, Texas in 1978. His father opened Russo's Italian Restaurant, which quickly became a local favorite. Just like that, Anthony found a second home in the restaurant kitchen. By the age of 12, he was learning family recipes from relatives who flew in from Naples and Sicily each summer. Making pizza and scachatta (a stuffed pizza similar to a calzone) became a passion.

The Entrepreneur Emerges
After earning his Chef's distinction, Anthony opened his first pizza restaurant at the young age of 18. Shortly after, he opened "Anthony's Pizzeria" in Clear Lake, Texas. A move to Houston brought "Caf? Anthony," then the upscale Italian restaurant "Russo Caf? Anthony." In 1992, Russo's New York Pizzeria opened, and proved a model for success. From there, the Russo's franchising experience began.

Like his father, Chef Anthony created a loyal, almost cult-like following. Nowhere else in Houston could people find authentic New York-style pizza. The family recipe for hand-tossed dough, sauce made from freshly crushed California tomatoes and imported Italian cheese blends harmonized to perfection. Always the pioneer, Chef Anthony was among the first in Houston to use a coal-fired brick oven. The bubbling of the crust, the flavors of a well-used oven, the preparation of pure ingredients - it was unrivaled, as it is today.

Sharing Our Love of Food
When your customers visit a Russo's restaurant, it's truly like eating at Chef Russo's family table in Italy. Every menu item is made fresh, from authentic Russo family recipes, using all natural ingredients. From homemade pizza sauce, salad dressing and soup to fresh-baked breads and handcrafted pizza dough.

We don't believe in pre-made meals.
  • If we can't make it fresh, we don't serve it.
  • Our menu items are unique and full of fresh flavors, giving you a competitive edge over other franchise brands.
  • Every recipe originated from Sicily and Naples Italy before 1942.
  • Unlike many pizza franchise concepts, we work directly with dairy farms, wineries, flourmills, tomato growers and an olive oil producer, giving you hands-on buying power.
  • We import our goods straight from the source, so no matter where on the globe your restaurant is located, we can supply you with the same exact product.
  • Russo's team will continue to provide authentic family recipes and the skills needed to remain true to the rich and flavorful Italian cuisine.
  • Through our collective efforts, our brand vision: "Giving the world the opportunity to sit at Russo's table" will continue to be realized.

Company Details

Established: 1992
First Unit Franchised: 1998
Franchised Units: 49
Company Owned Units: 7
States Registered In:
Canada Franchises: Yes
International Franchises: Yes

Support and Training Offered By Russo's New York Pizzeria

Financial Assistance Provided: No
Site Selection Assistance: Yes
Lease Negotiation Assistance: Yes
Recruiting Assistance: Yes
Co-Operative Advertising: Yes
Training: Russo's provides a comprehensive training program both at our headquarters office in Houston, TX as well as on location for the grand opening.

2022 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Russo's New York Pizzeria Franchise.

What does a Russo's New York Pizzeria Franchise Cost?

Russo's New York Pizzeria franchise fees for 2022:

Cash Investment: $200,000
Total Investment: $454,350
Minimum Net Worth: $750,000
Franchise Fee: $39,500
Royalty: 6%
Ad: 1
Average Number of Employees: 16
Item 19: Yes
Visa Candidates: Yes
Passive Ownership: No
Home Based: No
B2B: Yes
Master Franchise Opportunities: No, but area development is avialable
Veteran Discount: No

Is Russo's New York Pizzeria a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

No. Russo's New York Pizzeria is not a semi absentee franchise. The owner of the franchise (the franchisee) is expected to be involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations.

Is Russo's New York Pizzeria a Home Based franchise?

No. Russo's New York Pizzeria is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Russo's New York Pizzeria Franchise Owners Make?

Click here to find out how much Russo's New York Pizzeria franchisees make. Russo's New York Pizzeria offers an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document which provides financial information about select franchisees in their franchise system.

Is Russo's New York Pizzeria a Master Franchise Opportunity?

No. Russo's New York Pizzeria is not a master franchise opportunity.

Does Russo's New York Pizzeria Offer a Veteran Discount?

No. Russo's New York Pizzeria franchise does not offer a veteran discount.

Does Russo's New York Pizzeria Work with E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa Candidates?

Yes. Russo's New York Pizzeria franchise does work with E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa candidates.

Is Russo's New York Pizzeria Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

Yes. Russo's New York Pizzeria franchise is looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Russo's New York Pizzeria Looking for International franchisees?

Yes. Russo's New York Pizzeria franchise is looking for International franchisees.

Additional Information

Additional Categories

Food & Restaurants

Number of Units Open

20-50 UNITS

Cash Required

$100,000 - $250,000

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Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


E2 Visa Franchise


Russo's New York Pizzeria Franchises for Sale

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