CiCi's Pizza

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CiCi's Pizza
Private company
Industry Restaurants
Founded Plano, Texas (1985)
Headquarters Coppell, Texas
Key people
Darin Harris (CEO)
Products Pizza, salad, pasta, beverages, and soup

CiCi's Pizza is an American buffet restaurant chain based in Coppell, Texas,[1] specializing in pizza. There are approximately 500 franchised and corporately owned restaurants in 35 states. A family-oriented concept, CiCi’s is known for its pizza, pasta, salad, and dessert buffet featuring up to 20 varieties of pizza, all offered for about $5.55 per adult.


A CiCi's Pizza restaurant in Brooklyn, Ohio.

Joe Croce and Mike Cole founded CiCi's in 1985 in Plano, Texas.[2][3]

In 2001, with 380 restaurants at the time, the chain expanded its buffet offerings and began remodeling restaurants.[3] Four years later, CiCi's had more than 500 locations, and was the fastest-growing pizza chain in the United States.[4] In 2003 Croce retired from the business, and passed ownership of the company to the company's executive team. Craig Moore, who was a general manager in Dallas, became vice president of the company, a position he held for five years before he was named president after the sale. As president of the chain, Moore oversaw the company's operations and franchise growth, eventually announcing his retirement in 2009, after 17 years with the company. Michael Shumsky took over after Moore retired in late 2009 through July of 2013.

Darin Harris is the current CEO of CiCi's Pizza after joining the company in August of 2013.

CiCi's has won numerous awards and has also been named one of the top 25 performing brands by The Wall Street Journal and a top 200 franchise concept by Franchise Today.

Recognition and awards[edit]

CiCi's macaroni and cheese pizza

Since 2004 CiCi's Pizza has held third place in the pizza category for Restaurants & Institutions "Consumers' Choice in Chains" contest, which is judged based on consumer reviews of the competing restaurant chains.[5] In March 2009 Men's Health included CiCi's Pizza in its list of America's Healthiest and best Restaurants.[6]

Food offered[edit]


The type of pizzas that CiCi's Pizza serves (varies by location) are Alfredo, Bacon Cheddar, Baked Potato, BBQ pork, Beef, Buffalo Chicken, Cheese, Classic Chicken, Deep Dish, Garlic Breadsticks, Ham & Pineapple, Flatbread Pepperoni & Sausage, Flatbread Veggie, Mac & Cheese, Ole, Pepperoni, Pepperoni & Beef, Pepperoni & Jalapeño, Pepperoni & Sausage, Sausage, Spinach Alfredo, Veggie, White, Zesty Ham & Cheddar, Zesty Pepperoni, and Zesty Veggie.[citation needed]


The type of pasta Cici's offers are cavatappi pasta served with either marinara or white pasta sauce.

Soup & Salad[edit]

The type of soup & salad Cici's offer are Chicken Noodle Soup & a fresh salad bar with a variety of toppings.


The type of wings Cici's offer are Oven Baked Buffalo Wings with a choice of dipping sauces.


The type of desserts that Cici's offer are Chocolate Brownies, Cinnamon Rolls, Apple Dessert Pizza, and Bavarian Dessert Pizza.

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