|Founded||1964 in Chicago, Illinois|
Rosati's Pizza is the second largest local chain of restaurants in the Chicago metropolitan area, (behind only Portillo's), with nearly 150 locations nationwide. The chain centers its business around the thin-crust variety of Chicago-style pizza. Rosati's is a franchise, with the largest franchisee being Rosati’s Franchise & Development, LLC., which formed in 1993 and has 27 stores in Illinois and locations in southern Wisconsin, northwestern Indiana. The Rosati's brand has also branched out to nine other states, including 36 locations in Arizona and nine in Nevada as well as locations in California, Florida, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, Ohio and North Carolina.
Rosati's Pizza was founded by Sam Rosati, the son of Ferdinand Rosati, an Italian immigrant, who had been in the restaurant business since 1898 in New York. Sam opened his first Italian restaurant in 1927 with pizza as an appetizer. The first official Rosati's Pizza locations opened in 1964, after Sam's children took over the family business and moved the operations to the Chicago suburbs. Ultimately, the family franchised the company in the late 1970s. The corporate slogan is "Five generations of great taste!"
The chain specializes in Chicago-style thin crust and Double-dough crust, and also offers traditional Chicago deep dish and stuffed pizza, but also offers other Italian dishes. Most of the menu is made from scratch. Rosati's own small sausage plant supplies Chicago-area units, and outside vendors reproduce the family sausage recipe elsewhere.
Most Rosati's locations are small stores that are take-out or delivery specific, sometimes with facilities for a few diners, but without restaurant dining areas. The Gurnee, IL location can accommodate up to 30 families at one time with dine-in style seating.
As of 2011[update] a typical franchise investment in the company would be around $250,000 per store, according to published figures. Rosati's main competition in the Chicago area consists of many smaller, family-owned pizzerias and some large ones including Nancy's, Giordano's, Lou Malnati's, Aurelio's and Home Run Inn.
- Rosati's website ("Rosati's Authentic Chicago Pizza")
- Rosati's website ("Rosati's Pizza")