Chicago-based, family-owned pizza franchise established in 1964. The Rosati's Pizza franchise operates 164 locations in 13 states. The franchise consists of 157 carry out and delivery and 7 Rosati's Pizza Pubs. Rosati's locations provides Chicago-style deep-dish, pan, thin-crust, double-dough pizzas, a variety of pastas, sandwiches, salads and catering.
In the early 1900’s, a young Italian entrepreneur by the name of Ferdinand Rosati came to Chicago to follow a dream. Ferdinand had two passions: his family and his cooking, both of which he utilized to open what would become a first in the evolution of Rosati’s Pizza.
Ferdinand opened a small restaurant on Chicago’s famous Taylor Street serving not only as the chef, but as host extraordinaire. Ferdinand greeted each guest as a personal friend. He treated them to his special appetizer, a small pie, made with a cracker thin crust, smothered with his homemade sauce, then covered with a thin layer of cheese. Ferdinand called his specialty, “Pizza A’Olia” and his guests loved it.
After his restaurant took off in Chicago, the business became a true family affair. Ferdinand’s son, Sam Rosati, opened a second Chicago restaurant in 1927.
In 1964, the third generation of Rosatis opened a location on Busse and Algonquin Roads in Mount Prospect, IL. The location was the first Rosati’s Pizza takeout and delivery restaurant. All ten siblings worked in the restaurant with their spouses and children. The commitment and work ethic led the way to franchising in 1978.
By the fourth generation, the Rosatis were planning their next expansion when they decided to take a new direction and pursue separate ventures to bring continued growth to the family business. In 2003, My Rosati’s Pizza (www.myrosatis.com) was born, franchising Rosati's Pizza Pubs.
Over the years, Sam, along with his ten children, countless grandchildren and even more great-grandchildren, have been the driving force behind the growth of Rosati’s Pizza restaurants in making them what they are today - the true definition of pizza. From the Rosati family’s old-world Italian kitchen to your family’s kitchen table, Rosati’s is the original Chicago tradition.
Rosati's Pizza has come a long way since it's early days. Watch our family's journey to becoming one of Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500.