Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint grew 250 percent; plans 35 openings in 2014

(ATLANTA, GA) February 2014 – An Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint is coming soon to a town near you. The original fast casual pizza chain dives into 2014 with aggressive growth and impressive new market penetration. Since opening its first location more than five years ago in Atlanta, Georgia, Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint grew by 250 percent in 2013 (from 7 to 18 units) and is now the fastest growing create-your-own pizza franchise. Opening the first Uncle Maddio’s locations in Texas, Alabama and Colorado will be just the start, as the company is poised to open 35 new locations before the end of the year.

Currently operating 18 units in six states, including Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and Kentucky, the company has 165 units in development in 14 states overall.

“During my tenure as President and Co-Founder of Moe’s Southwest Grill, we opened 375 restaurants in six years with 200 additional units in development,” said Chief Pizza Maker Matt Andrew. “Uncle Maddio’s franchise opportunities are on-target with consumer demand offering healthy, fresh food that is always made-to-order, with exclusive sauces and toppings hand-crafted from scratch daily.”

The Atlanta-based franchise began as a way to marry the popular fast-casual restaurant concept and always trending pizza craze. Recognized for its paradigm-shifting pizza, an industry leading magazine  named Uncle Maddio’s “Ones To Watch,” predicting the chain’s franchise’s remarkable offerings and growth potential.

A culinary company at its core, the Uncle Maddio’s menu features innovative, hand-crafted creations and recipes originated in-house and made on-site.  Led by Corporate Executive Chef Alex Cook, the company prides itself in providing more than 5-million choices. Bringing his expertise from work in some of the finest restaurants in Little Italy in New York City, Chef Cook has developed customized Artisan recipes for features such as Uncle Maddio’s meatballs, sausage and six-homemade sauces. Intricate recipes with exclusive blends of herbs and spices are served up quickly, only after hours of preparation in the Uncle Maddio’s kitchens.

“True to our pizza joint namesake, here at Uncle Maddio’s, we serve fresh ingredients and the highest-quality foods,” says Cook. “Our sauces are homemade, many made using San Marzano-style tomatoes, and hand-whisked with an assortment of fine herbs and extra virgin olive oil.”

Consistent recipes, preparations and service-oriented focus ensure customers keep coming back to Uncle Maddio’s locations. Guest individually build their own meal –– including pizza, salad and paninis. Completely customizable, guests choose one of three crusts, including traditional, whole-wheat, and gluten-free option, and have the choice of 48 toppings including six sauces, 27 vegetables and 15 meats. Uncle Maddio’s offers healthful options like hormone-free chicken, fresh local vegetables, Daiya vegan cheese and organic greens. A “take and bake” option offers a quick family meal.

The menu also features create-your-own salads with crisp garden-fresh vegetables, as well as a pre-imagined menu full of signature salads such as Tuscan Antipasto, Orchard Chicken Salad, and Santa Fe. Toasted panini sandwiches, including choice creations such as Maddio’s Steak and Cheese, Basil Chicken, Tuscan Meatball, Turkey Bacon Cheddar and more.

For more information on Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, visit www.unclemaddios.com.  Interested franchisees can visit www.unclemaddios.com/franchise-info/ or contact Roger Wagerman at roger@unclemaddios.com.

About Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint
Celebrating its fifth year for its first unit, Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint is the original create-your-own fast casual pizza restaurant. Operating 18 restaurants in six states, Uncle Maddio’s is the fastest growing fast casual pizza brand in the US, with an additional 35 franchise restaurants in development for 2014, and 165 units committed through its franchisee network. Uncle Maddio’s pizzas are completely customizable, made-to-order, and served up in just six minutes for under $7. Uncle Maddio’s offers four pizza sizes, three types of crusts, including gluten-free, six sauces, and 48 fresh toppings, many vegan, organic, and hormone-free. The freshest and largest menu in the category, Uncle Maddio’s also serves toasted paninis and gourmet salads — all prepared with locally sourced ingredients and salad dressings that are made daily.

Based in Atlanta, Uncle Maddio’s management team is the most experienced in the fast casual pizza category. Uncle Maddio’s has targeted Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Colorado, Tennessee, and Virginia.