Renowned San Francisco pizzaiolo Tony Gemignani is ready to take one of his concepts—Slice House by Tony Gemignani—nationwide through a new franchising program, according to a press release.
Since opening its original location in 2010 alongside the acclaimed Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, Slice House has been a local staple, offering slices in the New York, Sicilian, Grandma, Detroit and California styles, along with other Italian specialties, in a fast-casual setting.
Gemignani leads Slice House along with his industry veteran partners George Karpaty, Trevor Hewitt and Bill Ginsburg. He founded the World Pizza Champions, won the gold medal in the Food Network’s Pizza Champions Challenge and serves as a master instructor of the International School of Pizza.
“I grew up with a love of food and the way it can bring people together,” Gemignani said in the press release. “Transitioning Slice House to a franchise opportunity is yet another way I get to share my passion and impart my respect for the craft of pizza making. We look forward to partnering with like-minded entrepreneurs who are equally passionate about pizza and people to spread Slice House nationwide.”
Slice House was named the No. 1 emerging brand in Pizza Marketplace’s Top 100 Movers & Shakers list for 2023. Slice House currently has five traditional restaurant locations in the Bay Area, plus 27 locations at stadiums and arenas throughout California and Nevada and two food-court casino locations.
According to the press release, Slice House has more than 24 units in development across California and is in discussions to sign 12 additional franchisees.
SFGate reports that Gemignani hopes to open at least 60 Slice House stores in California. “Upcoming franchise locations are being built in Thousand Oaks, Folsom, Eastvale, Mountain View and Simi Valley,” Gemignani said in an interview with SFGATE. “We are currently seeking to award franchises in Texas, Arizona, Utah, Washington, Colorado and Oregon.”
In the press release, Slice House President George Karpaty said franchise owners will know that “you’re never alone when you invest with Slice House. With the support you receive from the moment you connect with our franchise team and a menu straight from the mind of pizza master Tony Gemignani, we’re prepared to help you bring the best flavors of the world, old and the new, to your local area.”