Sami Ladeki brought a wood-fired oven to the San Diego area in 1989 and has been making artisan thin crust pizzas such as Dutch Goat Cheese and Brie with Truffle Oil ever since. Other menu items include pastas, tacos and stylish entrees. This year, he halted expansion despite having sites in negotiation, but is looking again to expand.

LocationLa Jolla, Calif.
2008 Systemwide Sales$31,000,000*
% Change in Sales10.7%
2008 U.S. Units18
% Change in Units28.6%
2008 Average Unit Volume$2,000,000*
% Change in AUV-2.5%
Future 50 Year2009