Restaurants run right.

We know how to efficiently run pizza restaurants because we manage over 15 million transactions per year ourselves. We use our 55 company-owned restaurants as testing grounds for new processes and menu items before they are launched with our Franchise Partners. That way, you can be confident that new additions have been thoroughly vetted for efficiency and profitability. Here are just a few of the ways that you benefit:

  • Our efficient kitchen allows you to prepare popular pizza items in advance to meet peak demand
  • You will have predictive intelligence to calculate delivery times and number of drivers needed each day
  • Our website and mobile app make it easy for guests to order and improve your average guest check
  • Our restaurant design is flexible so you can enhance the guest experience and your profit potential by adding a patio, pick-up window and/or a selection of craft beer
  • We stand out from the pack in the materials we use to build our new restaurants, the service we offer our guests and the hospitality we extend to all

“We premiered the new restaurant design in August of 2016. By November, our sales were up 14%.”

Mike Simon

Mulit-Unit Franchise Partner

Consistently Delicious.

You could say that we’re more than a little bit fanatical about providing a consistently delicious product every time: It’s embodied by our motto: Same Pizza, Anytime, Anywhere. For our Franchise Partners, that dedication has led us to develop systems that take the guesswork out of running your franchise.

We Make the Dough.

Our proprietary Famous Thin, vegan, and hand tossed pizza crusts are made at the home office bakery and shipped to your location. This is to ensure a consistent product from location to location and from pizza to pizza.

We Set the Standards.

To reach peak pizza perfection, we developed a formula that explicitly spells out how much to use of each ingredient by weight and specific bake times. This allows our restaurants to focus on pizza production, reducing food costs, and delivering great customer service.

We Innovate the Menu.

Our Menu Innovation Team has extensive experience and constantly tests new menu options to ensure that our offerings are on-trend and keep customers coming back for more. Meet our team behind this innovation.

Cynthia Ottavio - Director of Menu Innovation

Cynthia studies competitive data and customer feedback to ensure we deliver on flavor and demand. She leads the charge on executing changes to existing menu ingredients and new product roll-outs. With a background as impressive as her palate, she’s worked for brands such as Thornton’s, Wendy’s, ConAgra Foods, and Hardee’s.

FAVORITE MENU ITEM:
Hot Chicken Pizza

Chef Lenae Hott - Senior Coordinator of Menu Innovation

By watching trends, Lenae keeps us current on food trends and spearheads production technological advancements. Prior to joining the team, she built up impressive experience as a chef, sous chef, kitchen manager, catering and purchasing manager and overall restaurant Renaissance woman.

FAVORITE MENU ITEM:
Hot Chicken Pizza

Patty Wynkoop - Manager of Menu Innovation

Patty brings a wealth of knowledge to the Menu Innovation team with over 35 years of foodservice experience in operations, research & development, and quality assurance. She is also a Registered Dietitian and ensures compliance to FDA/USDA regulations related to nutrition and products.

FAVORITE MENU ITEM:
Big Don Sub

“It is a tremendous advantage to the Franchise Partner that Donatos supplies the restaurant with pizza crusts that are ready to go. It saves you time, there’s less labor costs and fewer inconsistencies.”

Mike Simon

Mulit-Unit Franchise Partner

Pizza Perfection.

There are eight key ingredients that make our pizzas stand out from the competition and ramp up the crave factor for our brand fans and newbies alike.

1 Thin crust pizza that’s party cut, so there’s more to go around!

Pepperoni

2 We put 100 pieces of heritage pepperoni on every large thin crust pepperoni pizza.

Edge to Edge

3 Our pizzas are loaded Edge to Edge® with toppings so your pizza is consistent, and there’s no more fighting over the best piece.

No artificial flavors or colors

4 No artificial flavors or colors in our pizzas, subs, or salads.

Real Wisconsin Cheese

5 We use real Wisconsin aged smoked Provolone cheese because it’s more flavorful.

6 We take pride in our dough: it is baked to golden perfection and finished with a sprinkle of cornmeal for extra crispness.

Chicken - No Antibiotics Ever

7 The chicken in our pizzas, subs, and entrée salads is sliced natural white meat.

Fresh Sliced Veggies

8 We slice our fresh Roma tomatoes, onions, and green peppers each day for our pizzas, subs, and salads.

5 POINTS OF DISTRIBUTION. 5 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR BOTTOMLINE.

Together, this combination drives your bottom line better than other fast-casual pizza restaurants.

Delivery

Pick-up

Drive-up Window

Eat-In

Catering

Ongoing Training and Support and a TeaM BehinD You.

The training programs and expertise we use to educate over 1,900 company associates who operate high-performing restaurants is available to you and your staff. This includes custom-designed curricula for Franchise Partners and your management staff. We also provide an ongoing, online training curriculum for your associates.

You’ll have the support of these industry experts:

Field Marketing Manager

  • Annual plan development
  • Local opportunity exploration

Local Store Marketing

  • Website, social, and email communication of promotions
  • Media and PR services
  • Marketing dashboard insights and intelligence

Franchise Business Consultant

  • Weekly profitability report
  • Monthly P&L review
  • Annual business plan and budget development
  • Best practices report
  • Three restaurant visits per year to provide feedback on operations and to train associates

You Reap the Rewards.

From 2012 to 2016, Donatos has experienced 16% same store sales growth, with an average unit volume (AUV) that is 80% higher than the industry average. Our $20 per person average check is also higher than the average fast-casual check of $9-$13**. The AUV, fueled by our tremendous average check, makes Donatos a rewarding franchise opportunity.

**PMQ Magazine, 2016 Pizza Power Report
  • Yes! I want to know more about the Donatos franchise opportunity.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
  • Yes! I want to know more about the Donatos franchise opportunity.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.