Zio’s is a full-service concept offering large portions of comfort Italian food at affordable prices. Most outlets are situated in suburban retail areas and appeal to families. Each is about 7,400 square feet and can seat 240 customers. Units feature open kitchens where guests can view their wood-fired pizzas and fresh pastas being prepared. The restaurant menu includes hearty dishes like baked pastas, brick-oven pizzas, grilled salmon, baked cheese, Italian cream cake and tiramisu. A gluten-free menu with entrees, salads and appetizers is also available. Mazzio’s Corporation founder, Ken Selby, started Zio’s in 1994. Mazzio’s also runs the limited-service Mazzio’s Italian Eatery chain. 

LocationSan Antonio, Texas
2009 Systemwide Sales$48,000,000*
% Change in Sales-4.0%
2009 U.S. Units16
% Change in Units6.7%
2009 Average Unit Volume$3,100,000*
% Change in AUV-6.8%
Future 50 Year2010