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2016 Top 500: Italian/pizza chains

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With systemwide sales up 2.5% to $8.2 billion and unit counts up 0.5% to 2,562, the Italian/pizza menu category is just doing OK. Headwinds include consumers’ increasing demand for authenticity and competition from fast-casual build-you-own concepts. Emerging chains like Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza and Oregano’s Pizza Bistro are looking to breeze through.

2016 Rank

Chain Name

2015 U.S. Sales ($000)

2015 U.S. Units

16Olive Garden3,743,000841
57California Pizza Kitchen742,500*228
58Carrabba's Italian Grill729,000247
94Maggiano's Little Italy401,10051
123Romano's Macaroni Grill298,400*145
134Brio Tuscan Grille261,70063
152Buca di Beppo233,800*103
178Bertucci's191,800*86
198Johnny Carino's164,00078
199Mellow Mushroom162,900*164
201Bravo! Cucina Italiana160,50052
216LaRosa's Pizzeria145,50566

*Technomic estimate

 

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