Founded by entrepreneur Sami Ladeki in 1989, Sammy's Woodfired Pizza offers a full menu of pizza, salad and pasta in an upscale casual setting. The chain's signature woodfired pizzas range from the traditional (spicy Italian sausage) to the unconventional (arugula and pear). Ladeki Restaurant Group recently finished a complete renovation of all Sammy's units and updated the menu to include more than 20 tapas. Four units are scheduled to open in California and Nevada this year.

LocationLa Jolla, Calif.
2007 Systemwide Sales$28,000,000
% Change in Sales24.4%
2007 U.S. Units14
% Change in Units27.3%
2007 Average Unit Volume$2,000,000
% Change in AUV0.0%
Future 50 Year2008