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Why Fat Ricky’s© Franchise?

History for Starters

Since 1963, our family-owned and operated restaurants have brought authentic, Italian recipes and Italian cuisine from the old country to Chicago. Along with time-honored traditions, we bring you the very best Italian cuisine and a dining experience that is sure to make Fat Ricky’s© your ticket to Old World Italy. At Fat Ricky’s© we keep things old school and simple. Our belief is to operate the way our family operated in Italy, invite your guests into your home and feed them with great food and a great family like experience.


We have been blessed with recognition that range from WGN TV, Chicago Tribune, CLTV, Chicago’s Best, Food Network, Food Porn and many local awards.

Pizza Industry Growth

Restaurant franchising is more than a $60 billion a year industry and pizza accounts for one half of all Quick Service restaurant sales. Add to that, pasta, authentic Italian sandwiches, burgers, catering and more and we’ve got something for everyone in the family any day of the week.

Fat Ricky “U” and Artistry (Training)

While each of our stores undergoes a Fat Ricky© custom build out, operators gain admission to Fat Ricky “U” and Artistry. After a minimum of 45 days of training in our corporate kitchen and 60 days of in-store management training at an open location, graduates are completely groomed for success. Once a store is open, our support staff helps you with marketing, inventory control, staffing, prep and food updates.


At Fat Ricky’s© we are proud to provide our franchisees with a variety of support including site selection, lease negotiations assistance, equipment, fixture, signage and inventory suppliers and even construction standards and assistance. In addition to this, once a new store begins operations, Fat Ricky’s provides all stores with a proprietary operations manual, continuous updates of our specifications and process and operational advice and assistance by telephone, internet or in person. The Fat Ricky family is always available for help and advice.