Italian heavyweight Olive Garden increased sales by 3%, helping to drive the menu category's 1.9% sales growth, to $8.5 billion. The segment's total unit count decreased slightly, .4%. Smaller chains supported the growth effort: Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza increased sales by 17%, and Mellow Mushroom by 10%.
2016 U.S. Sales ($000)
2016 U.S. Units
|59||California Pizza Kitchen||762,500*||232|
|65||Carrabba's Italian Grill||707,000||244|
|94||Maggiano's Little Italy||411,800||52|
|136||Romano's Macaroni Grill||268,200*||130|
|138||Brio Tuscan Grille||256,800||67|
|164||Buca di Beppo||220,000*||90|
|212||Bravo! Cucina Italiana||151,400||51|
|249||Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza||123,100*||62|
*Technomic estimate; Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report
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