PizzaMarketplace.com Top 100 Movers & Shakers, No. 15: Lou Malnati's
Feb. 27, 2013
Each year, this longtime Chicago favorite ships more than 250,000 of its deep dish signatures to fans nationwide, extending brand awareness far beyond the Windy City through its Lou Malnati's Pizzeria's Tastes of Chicago Division. Founder Lou Malnati and wife Jean opened their first pizzeria in Chicago in 1971 and began shipping their handmade-from-scratch pizzas 25 years ago. With the increasing popularity of online ordering, the company's delivery business is expected to continue expanding. The brand's recipe for success includes community involvement and fresh ingredients such as California vine-ripened tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese sourced from the same small dairy farm for more than 40 years.