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Donatos Pizza

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See which toppings and crust types are cresting on this indulgent favorite.

This family-owned chain is known for its pizzas and stromboli

A family-owned chain specializing in handmade pizzas and stromboli

DIY pizza is again a growth story, but still a relatively small piece of the pie (only Blaze Pizza has hit the top 200).

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Despite a double-digit jump in comparable-store sales (16.1 percent), the fast-casual giant's stock tumbled after analysts expected more.

Two to three months after employees join Columbus, Ohio-based Donatos pizza—after they have gone through a phone screening and two rounds of in-person interviews prior to being hired—they are interviewed again, in what the company calls an “entrance interview.”

Two years ago, Phil Freedman wanted to grow.