Joseph Bilotti opened his first Rotelli’s as a “neighborhood family Italian restaurant” in 1999. The pasta menu includes baked ziti, linguini and clam sauce and penne alla vodka—all pure Italian-American in execution—and the pizza is a hand-tossed New York-style pie. Current units are concentrated in Florida with others scattered in Colorado, Arizona, South Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania. New outposts in North Carolina are in the planning stages.

LocationCoconut Creek, Fla.
2008 Systemwide Sales$36,000,000
% Change in Sales28.6%
2008 U.S. Units36
% Change in Units16.1%
2008 Average Unit Volume$1,000,000
% Change in AUV9.2%
Future 50 Year2009