The Hot 100 Independents
Each year, we mail out surveys to independent pizzerias across the nation. Using their responses, we compile our Hot 100 list — a ranking of America’s 100 largest independent pizza operations (based on sales). This issue is eagerly devoured by Pizza Today’s readers and the list you’ll see on pages 50 and 51 is a testament to the ingenuity, diligence and skill of the pizzeria owners who make the grade.
A new No. 1 — Pitfire Artisan Pizza, Venice, California
Pitfire has steadily risen through the Hot 100 rankings. In 2013, we recognized the Los Angeles-based pizzeria as Pizza Today’s Independent Pizzeria of the Year. Since that time, Pitfire has continued to grow while staying true to its culture centered around its high-quality artisan pizza, unique restaurant experience at each location and its “tribe” of more than 400 employees.
Go to the full 2015 Hot 100 Independent Pizzerias list.
Hot 100 By the Numbers
- The highest grossing single-unit pizzeria is Piece Brewery and Pizzeria in Chicago.
- Ohio has the most Hot 100 pizzerias, followed by California.
- The average Hot 100 pizzeria has been in business for nearly 25 years.
- The average Hot 100 pizzeria has 3 units.
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