The Rosati’s Pizza Franchise System

Since its inception, Rosati’s Pizza has been synonymous with delicious, authentic Chicago-style pizza. What began as a family-owned pizzeria in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood has evolved into a beloved franchise system with locations across the United States. With a rich history rooted in tradition and a commitment to quality, Rosati’s Pizza continues to delight customers with its mouthwatering pies and warm hospitality. The Rosati’s Franchise has been successful by combining a old school, family traditional menu and customer experience with modern, cutting edge restaurant franchise systems.

Origins and Early Years of the Rosati’s Franchise:

The story of Rosati’s Pizza dates back to 1906 when Ferdinand Rosati immigrated to the United States from Italy. Bringing with him a passion for authentic Italian cuisine, Ferdinand settled in Chicago and opened a small Italian grocery store in the city’s bustling Little Italy neighborhood. It wasn’t long before Ferdinand and his family began serving pizza made from cherished family recipes to the hungry residents of the neighborhood.

As word spread about the delicious pizza served at Rosati’s, the demand grew, prompting Ferdinand’s sons to open their own pizzerias under the Rosati’s name. This marked the beginning of what would become a long and successful legacy in the pizza industry. Throughout the decades, Rosati’s Pizza remained true to its roots, preserving the time-honored recipes and techniques that made it a favorite among pizza lovers.

Expansion and Franchising Rosati’s:

In the 1960s, Sam Rosati, Ferdinand’s grandson, recognized the potential for expansion beyond the family’s original pizzerias. Leveraging the popularity of Rosati’s Pizza and the growing demand for authentic Italian cuisine, Sam and his brothers began franchising the concept, allowing entrepreneurs across the country to bring the taste of Rosati’s to their communities.

The franchise system experienced steady growth quickly and the response from the franchise community was positive from the initial franchise launch, with new locations opening in cities and towns across the United States. Each franchise maintained the same commitment to quality and authenticity that had made Rosati’s Pizza a household name, ensuring that every customer experienced the unmistakable taste of Chicago-style pizza.

Signature Menu Items and Culinary Excellence:

At the heart of Rosati’s Pizza’s success is its dedication to culinary excellence and its signature menu items. Central to the menu is, of course, the Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, known for its thick, buttery crust, generous layers of cheese, and hearty toppings. This iconic dish has become synonymous with Rosati’s Pizza and continues to be a customer favorite.

In addition to deep-dish pizza, Rosati’s offers a diverse selection of menu options, including thin-crust pizza, pasta dishes, sandwiches, salads, and appetizers. Each item is crafted with care using the finest ingredients, ensuring that every bite is bursting with flavor and freshness. Whether dining in, taking out, or ordering delivery, customers can count on Rosati’s Pizza for a satisfying and memorable meal experience.

Community Involvement and Brand Loyalty:

Beyond its culinary offerings, Rosati’s Pizza is deeply ingrained in the communities it serves, fostering strong ties with customers and local organizations. From sponsoring community events to supporting charitable causes, Rosati’s Pizza is committed to giving back and making a positive impact in the neighborhoods it calls home.

This commitment to community involvement has helped foster strong brand loyalty among customers, who appreciate Rosati’s dedication to making a difference. Whether it’s hosting a fundraiser for a local school or participating in a neighborhood cleanup initiative, Rosati’s Pizza demonstrates its commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen.

Continued Growth and Future Prospects:

As Rosati’s Pizza celebrates its storied history and looks toward the future, the franchise system remains focused on growth and innovation. With a solid foundation built on tradition, quality, and community, Rosati’s Pizza is well-positioned to continue expanding its presence and delighting customers across the country.

Whether opening new locations, introducing exciting menu innovations, or engaging with customers through digital platforms, Rosati’s Pizza remains dedicated to delivering an exceptional dining experience that keeps customers coming back for more. As the pizza industry evolves, Rosati’s Pizza stands poised to uphold its legacy as a beloved purveyor of authentic Chicago-style pizza for generations to come.

The story of Rosati’s Pizza is a testament to the enduring appeal of quality, tradition, and passion. From its humble beginnings in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood to its status as a nationwide franchise system, Rosati’s Pizza has remained true to its roots while embracing innovation and growth. With a commitment to culinary excellence, community involvement, and customer satisfaction, Rosati’s Pizza continues to be a cherished favorite among pizza enthusiasts everywhere.

Today, Rosati’s is a leader in the pizza and Italian restaurant franchise market and with almost 150 restaurants operating nationwide, the brand has a strong market position in the food service category overall.

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Asha Morales


Asha Morales is the Director of Franchise Sales for ZGroup Franchising. With over a decade of experience in the franchise industry, Asha has worked with franchise brands of all sizes to expand and/or develop

With strong interpersonal skills, she is adept at building lasting bonds with clients and guiding candidates through the franchise sales discovery process. Fusing her passion for meeting new people and franchise sales experience, Asha serves to meet and exceed client’s unique needs.

Her aim is to facilitate clients in discovering the ideal brand that will enable them to find freedom in their careers through small business ownership.

Previously, Asha has experience in the film and video industry working on a broad range of film and video productions. She helped to produce multimedia marketing campaigns and corporate training videos for clients such as Subway, Duke Hospital, Rollins College, Major League Baseball Association, and Publix. Asha also worked with an Oscar Nominated Documentary producer on several short films and documentaries.

In her free time, Asha’s a yoga teacher and implements this mindful approach into the business world.

Kimberly Moody


Gloucester, Virginia – Kimberly Moody has secured an impressive track record in implementing financial goals for a business base of more than $300 million in assets covering customer service, financial planning, estate planning, banking services, and all aspects of investment management.

Additionally, she worked as an Adjunct Instructor for Christopher Newport University, where she taught investment courses to individuals interested in learning more about financial planning.

Ms. Moody also has experience as the Co-Host for WVEC Channel 13’s show “Investing 101” and Co-Host of WTKR’s radio station’s financial planning show. She has also held more than 100 public seminars on financial planning topics and was the speaker for National Space Society Conferences for NASA.

Ms. Moody intends to use her proven business expertise, natural leadership ability, and personal determination to sell and grow franchise development.

Julie Arlt


Ontario, Canada – Julie has been providing administrative support and project management to teams for 15+ years in the public sector. Her strengths lie in the coordination and implementation of effective systems to help her team deliver professional and timely customer service, with a focus on quality outcomes. The value she places on her partnerships inspires her to facilitate foundational and intentional marketing strategies that build on businesses marketing success for the long game. Julie is looking forward to developing new skill sets and learning from the team at Franchise Marketing Systems.

Ashton Wiles


Atlanta, GA – Ashton Wiles is Franchise Marketing System’s (FMS) Project Manager. She works individually with company operations to maintain proper due diligence with our clients as well as team members to make sure they are supported in their roles. Ultimately, to provide a good and productive experience for the FMS team and each of our clients. Manages all of the registration and filing processes when submitting to different states including creating a new legal entity and federal EIN for their franchising businesses. Has a background of over 8 years as Operations Manager, managing trading and investing franchises.

Kaitlin Eileen


Kaitlin is a graphic designer and a Facebook™️ ad Strategist. A born creator, her passion for creativity grew as she explored the design and artistic side of marketing. She has a special focus on presentation and visual design and is insanely curious about learning new skills to continuously improve her portfolio.

Tackling everything from Brochure design to Landing Pages and everything in between, she is always excited to grow her clients’ brands into something beautiful. When she isn’t working, her creative roots are always showing. Her love for Marketing and design go beyond the desk, her creative juices flow in the kitchen and in the garden. She also loves nature and all animals big and small but what she really loves is making her clients happy.

Noah Cunningham


Augusta, GA – Noah is a designer for FMS. He has been designing for 4 years and has a wide range of skills when it comes to designing. Noah has a passion for communicating visually and creating visually successful brands. He loves creating for a wide range of clients and strives to fulfill their needs in design.

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