In 1989 Sami Ladeki opened his first Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill in San Diego, California. Ladeki Restaurant Group, owner and operator, has since expanded to California locations beyond San Diego, plus stores in Nevada, and added Mediterranean- and Asian-inspired food, some served tapas style, to the menu. Also featured are freshly made salads, gluten-free and vegan options. The casual dining concept emphasizes healthy eating, and the kitchen relies on organic, locally grown ingredients whenever possible. Decor blends warm woods, stone accents, vibrant reds and cozy features such as outdoor fire pits. Wine selections complement arugula and pear pizza, hummus with herbed flatbread tapas, oak-roasted salmon filet, artisan thin-crust pizzas, which are prepared with freshly baked crispy French-style dough, and more.

LocationLa Jolla, Calif.
2012 Systemwide Sales$40,100,000*
% Change in Sales14.6%
2012 U.S. Units19
2012 Average Unit Volume$2,100,000*
% Change in AUV5.0%
Future 50 Year2013