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1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza announced it has signed a franchise agreement to bring 12 units to South Florida, the first of which is expected to open by March 2016.

The South Florida agreement is part of 1000 Degrees’ expansion throughout the state. The company has recently partnered with local franchisees in the Northern and Central regions of Florida, with restaurants expected to open in Lake City, Jacksonville, Gainesville and Orlando within the next three years, according to a company press release.

Franchise partners Julianne Burtin and Nick Anagno of Inferno Group Holdings said they plan to open the 12 new South Florida 1000 Degrees locations within the next five years. Both entrepreneurs, having previously launched a swimwear company and grown a motorcycle brand and restaurant, respectively, the couple decided to go into business together when they saw the growth of the fast-casual pizza industry.

“Through our deal with 1000 Degrees, Nick and I found an opportunity to develop the customizable pizza concept throughout South Florida,” Burtin said. “We’re excited to bring the brand’s upbeat vibe, high quality ingredients and great tasting food to our hometown and surrounding counties.”

1000 Degrees currently has more than 10 domestic restaurants open in New Jersey, Michigan and Connecticut and one location in Malaysia.

“This multi-unit franchise deal is only one example of the increased demand we’re seeing for 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza across the nation,” said Brian Petruzzi, 1000 Degrees CEO and founder. “We’re thrilled to have Julianne and Nick on board to grow our brand and introduce our high-quality product throughout the South Florida region.”


Franchise Ownership

1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, a fast-casual American spin on authentic, hand-tossed Neapolitan pizza, opened a new restaurant November 30 at the Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods, located at Foxwoods Resort and Casino complex.

The franchised location is the first in Connecticut for the fast-growing brand, which currently has more than 10 domestic restaurants open throughout New Jersey and Michigan, as well as one location in Malaysia. The national franchise is growing at a rapid pace, estimating it will open more than 80 units by the end of 2016, and projecting an additional 170 units by 2017.

“We are thrilled to expand this brand into the high-traffic Foxwoods Tanger Outlets and to be serving the shoppers and casino visitors,” says 1000 Degrees CEO and founder Brian Petruzzi. “More and more people are looking for quick, quality food when they are shopping or traveling and we are excited to be able to provide those options.”

1000 Degrees serves personalized, made-to-order authentic Neapolitan pizza. Each pizza starts with fresh, never-frozen, hand-tossed dough, created with authentic Neapolitan “00” flour and available in both a personal 10-inch and sharable 14-inch sizes. Guests then choose to create their own pizza or order one of the 1000 Degrees Favorites.

Customizing a 1000 Degrees pizza is truly a unique experience, as guests can choose to top theirs with any of the more than 50 high quality cheeses, sauces, meats, vegetables, and other toppings all for one flat price. While choosing their toppings, customers are guided down an assembly line of pizza consultants to create a pizza that is totally unique to them.

Unlike traditional Neapolitan pizza, which has a slightly undercooked center and requires a fork and knife to eat, 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza has fused this classic style with American flare. The result is a thin crust pizza that maintains the light and airy appeal of a Neapolitan style pizza.

1000-Degrees Pizza in Roseville to offer free pies

Michigan’s first 1000-Degrees Pizza franchise has opened in Roseville, bringing fast-fired, hand-tossed Neapolitan-style pizzas to the corner of 14 Mile and Gratiot, in front of Macomb Mall.

At its grand opening event Thursday, Nov. 5, the first 10 guests through the doors at 11 a.m. will win free pizza for a year.

In addition, everyone who visits that day between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. —  and who “likes” 1000 Degrees on Facebook or follows it on Instagram or Twitter — will receive one 10-inch pizza of their choice.

The Roseville pizzeria is one of three that Capital Pizza Ventures restaurant group will open in metro Detroit.  The next location will be in Allen Park, said franchise partner Rudy Sawa.  “We’re getting close — probably another two to three weeks,” he said. Their third site has not been selected.

Another ffranchise Sean Carleton of Brighton, will open four more restaurants in metro Detroit, starting next week with a store at 7 Mile and Middlebelt in Livonia. His other locations will be at the Green Oaks Shops in Brighton, Partridge Creek Mall in Clinton Township and Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights, plus one in Maumee, Ohio.

1000-Degrees Pizza uses fresh, never frozen, dough made with Neapolitan “00” flour and offers its pies as individual 10-inch sizes and shareable 14-inchers. Guests can customize their pizzas with more than 50 cheeses, sauces, meats, vegetables and other toppings. Individual build-your-own pies are $7.95 and 14-inch pies are $14.95 — all regardless of which toppings guests choose. Gluten-free pies are $9.95.

A dozen signature pizzas are also available, ranging from Barbecue Bourbon Chicken to the Philly.

The Roseville location is open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m; and Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.  For more information about the company and its daily free-pizza contests, go to  (32427 Gratiot; 586-296-3010 or

Contact writer Sylvia Rector:  313-222-5016 and  Follow her on Twitter @SylviaRector.

For more information on the 1000 Degrees Pizza brand, or for franchise or investor relations, please call 609-382-3022, contact Lauren Heininger via phone at 609-382-3022, OR visit the company website at