Cannova’s Named One of America’s Hot 100 Independent Pizzerias

Freeport, Illinois — It’s one thing to be considered the most romantic restaurant in Illinois but this latest recognition of one of our famed corner restaurants in Freeport, is definitely one for the record books.

Each year staff at Pizza Today mail out surveys to independent pizzerias across the nation. Pizza Today is a magazine launched in 1984 in the tiny town of Santa Claus, Indiana. Using their responses, they compile their Hot 100 list — a ranking of America’s 100 largest independent pizza operations (based on sales).

Cannova’s, known in Freeport as one of the most sought after hotspots for Friday or Saturday night dinners was recognized by Pizza Today as being one of America’s 100 largest independent pizza operations. Cannova’s came in at #90 on the Top 100 list below.

Cannova’s, among so many other great destinations, is just one more reason to visit Freeport, Illinois.

Restaurant Name Principle Executive City & State #Units Gross Sales
1 Marion’s Piazza 1 Roger S. Glass Dayton, OH 9 $20,937,678
2 Woodstock’s Pizza 2 Jeff Ambrose San Diego, CA 8 $20,398,809
3 Farrelli’s Pizza 5 Jacquelyn Farrell DuPont, WA 8 $16,101,828
4 Cane Rosso 10 Jay Jerrier Dallas, TX 8 $15,900,000
5 Venezia’s NY Style Pizzeria 4 Domenick Montanile Tempe, AZ 5 $15,266,315
6 Flyers Pizza & Subs 8 Steve Ulrey Dublin, OH 8 $13,500,000
7 Pizza Rock George Karpaty, Tony Gemignani, Trevor Hewitt Henderson, NV 3 $13,000,000
8 Colony Grill Ken Martin, Paul Coniglio Fairfield, CT 4 $13,000,000
9 Sizzle Pie 15 Matt Jacobson, Mikey McKennedy Portland, OR 7 $13,000,000
10 Frankie, Johnnie & Lugi, Too! 7 John D’Ambrosio SunnyVale, CA 4 $12,600,000
11 Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria 6 Joe Fugere Seattle, WA 5 $11,915,091
12 Metro Pizza 14 John Arena, Sam Facchini Las Vegas, NV 6 $10,500,000
13 Andolini’s Pizzeria 21 Jim Bausch, Mike Bausch Tulsa, OK 7 $10,293,825
14 Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza 13 Greg Atkin Albuquerque, NM 8 $10,200,000
15 Pizza Plus 20 Daniel Blake Sparks, NV 4 $9,334,415
16 Cristy’s Pizza 16 Jason D. Biggs, Chris L. Hammack Lancaster, OH 8 $9,200,000
17 Shakespeare’s Pizza 23 Nancy Lewis Columbia, MO 3 $8,756,963
18 Urban CoalHouse 17 Chris Lombardi, Matthew Lombardi, Michael Centaro, Andrew Cameron Morganville, NJ 4 $8,500,000
19 Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. 18 Michael Rangel, Leigh Oder Asheville, NC 4 $8,136,193
20 La Nova Pizzeria 22 Joe Todaro, Sr. Buffalo, NY 2 $8,000,000
21 Via 313 24 Brandon & Zane Hunt Austin, TX 4 $8,000,000
22 Pizzeria Lola/Hello Pizza/Young Joni 41 Ann Kim, Conrad Leifur Minneapolis, MN 3 $7,600,000
23 Original Gino’s Pizza 6 Chuck Kreutz Toledo, OH 6 $7,500,000
24 Cosmo’s Pizza Adam Shorter Broomfield, CO 4 $7,381,508
25 Mother Bear’s Pizza 43 Ray McConn Bloomington, IN 2 $7,125,000
26 Fat Jack’s Pizza 28 David S. Boyles Lima, OH 3 $6,900,000
27 Mario’s Pizza 30 Joe, Eddy & Sal Burgarello Albuquerque, NM 4 $6,900,000
28 Goodfellas Pizzeria 44 Lauren Coats Lexington, KY 6 $6,750,000
29 piezzetta 68 James Schroder, Chris Ilardo Towson, MD 2 $6,500,000
30 Marco’s Coal Fired Pizza 52 Mark Dym Denver, CO 4 $6,500,000
31 Cocca’s Pizza Steve Cocca Boardman, OH 6 $6,500,000
32 Randy’s Pizza Randy Smith, Ray Wolfson Cary, NC 9 $6,500,000
33 Piece Restaurant 29 Bill Jacobs Chicago, IL 1 $6,484,959
34 Nick’s Pizza & Pub Nick Sarillo Crystal Lake, IL 2 $5,800,000
35 Spinelli’s Pizza Christopher Palma, Brian Gaughan Tempe, AZ 7 $5,716,543
36 Kaleidoscope Pizzeria & Pub 38 Ben Allmaras, Jake Allmaras, Kristi Haavig Medford, OR 1 $5,688,000
37 Old Town Pizza 51 Reese Browning Auburn, CA 3 $5,575,758
38 Chicago Connection 35 Joy & Tom Kealey Boise, ID 8 $5,400,000
39 Pizza Shuttle 33 Mark Gold, Louis Siecinski Milwaukee, WI 1 $5,300,000
40 Milton’s Pizza Pasta 36 Jeff Janik Raleigh, NC 2 $5,283,099
41 Ron’s Original Bar & Grille 37 Ron Inverso Exton, PA 1 $5,256,430
42 Pizza X 42 Jeff Mease Bloomington, IN 5 $5,188,560
43 Krazy Karl’s Pizza 64 Nate Haas, Glenn Haas Fort Collins, CO 2 $5,100,000
44 Hot Italian 40 Andrea Lepore, Fabrizio Cercatore Sacramento, CA 3 $5,000,000
45 Figlio Wood Fired Pizza 53 Peter Danis Columbus, OH 3 $5,000,000
46 Caliente Pizza & Draft House Nick Bogacz Allison Park, PA 3 $4,915,257
47 Mad Mushroom 56 Dave Sommers, Steve Hart West Lafayette, IN 5 $4,825,000
48 Woody’s Wood-Fired Pizza 46 Bart & Jon Bortles Golden, CO 1 $4,710,500
49 Bud Murphy’s Sportsbar & Restaurant Robert F. Bubarth Connellsville, PA 1 $4,702,259
50 Slyce Pizza Bar 71 Jack Bennett, Ken Gillespie Indian Rocks Beach, FL 2 $4,600,000
51 Fong’s Pizza 32 Gwen Page Des Moines, IA 2 $4,592,175
52 Georgio’s Chicago Pizzeria 45 Brian Coli Crystal Lake, IL 2 $4,540,000
53 Luigi’s Restaurant 50 Mickey Ciriello Akron, OH 1 $4,330,000
54 Red Rose Pizzeria 55 Antonio Caputo Springfield, MA 1 $4,300,000
55 Giovanni’s 57 Zito Family Albuquerque, NM 1 $4,000,000
56 Poppa Rollo’s Pizza 70 Justin Duty Waco, TX 2 $4,000,000
57 The Original Graziano’s Pizza Restaurant 49 Lee Turriciano Upland, CA 3 $4,000,000
58 Empire Slice House 65 Rachel Cope Oklahoma City, OK 1 $3,900,000
59 Adornetto’s Pizzeria 62 Adrian Adornetto Zanesville, OH 3 $3,850,000
60 Old Shawnee Pizza 77 William Walker Shawnee, KS 2 $3,847,629
61 FiAMMA! 60 Daniel Bothman, Kenneth Bothman Bellingham, WA 2 $3,699,462
62 Rhombus Guys 61 Matt Winjum, Arron Hendricks Grand Forks, ND 2 $3,656,295
63 Baker’s Pizza Sports Shack 73 Breck Baker, Connie Smith Bucyrus, OH 1 $3,505,809
64 Garibaldi’s Pizza 66 Mike, Sr. & Michael, Jr. Garibaldi Memphis, TN 3 $3,500,000
65 Partners II Pizza James Royal Peachtree City, GA 3 $3,485,000
66 Dulono’s Pizza 82 Jared Gruett Minneapolis, MN 3 $3,400,000
67 Fargo Pizza Co. 74 Barry L. Manis Colorado Springs, CO 1 $3,200,000
68 Gusto Pizza Co. 86 Josh Holderness Des Moines, IA 3 $3,200,000
69 Peppers Pizzeria Grady Verret Thibodaux, LA 2 $3,170,000
70 Stone Canyon Pizza Co. 78 Kevin Heaton Parkville, MO 2 $3,100,000
71 575 Pizzeria 67 Brian Kelleher Amarillo, TX 2 $3,016,275
72 Biaggio Pizzeria Restaurant 87 Joe Ruffino, Sal Ruffino Allentown, PA 1 $3,005,964
73 Spacca Napoli 80 Jonathan Goldsmith Chicago IL 1 $3,004,456
74 Ciao! Wood-fired Pizza & Pasta 76 Mark Campagnolo Ithaca, NY 1 $3,000,000
75 Pizza Rita 79 June & Brian Dickmann Spokane, WA 4 $3,000,000
76 Tony’s Pizza 81 Chris Dickson Lake Charles LA 1 $2,922,000
77 St. Angelo’s Pizza 85 Sean Rowe Atlanta, GA 2 $2,875,000
78 B & J’s Pizza 83 Chris Baker, Jack Baker, Kathy Baker Corpus Christi, TX 2 $2,839,654
79 Lillian’s Pizza 84 Chance Walsh, Shannon Johnson Pensacola, FL 1 $2,834,988
80 Greenville Avenue Pizza Company 95 Sammy Mandell Dallas, TX 1 $2,812,364
81 Papa Vito’s Pizza William Graham, Shiloh Edelman Cape Canaveral, FL 1 $2,662,938
82 Lilly’s Pizza 90 Jon Garrison Raleigh, NC 2 $2,600,000
83 Beach Pizza Larry Getzoff Manhattan Beach, CA 2 $2,600,000
84 We Cook Pizza and Pasta 98 Wayne Cook (Owner), Brian Ciesielski (GM) Grand Canyon, AZ 1 $2,474,134
85 Joe’s Brooklyn Pizza Joseph Staffieri Rochester, NY 3 $2,467,000
86 Barry’s Pizza 88 Barry N. Childers Houston, TX 1 $2,348,448
87 Precinct Pizza 94 Rick & Jessica Drury Tampa, FL 1 $2,338,590
88 Brooklyn Bros. Pizzeria Brett Alkan Everett, WA 3 $2,327,000
89 Chet & Matt’s Pizza 97 Chet & Matt Leser Sandusky, OH 1 $2,300,000
90 Cannova’s 93 Patrick & Linda Beckman Freeport, IL 3 $2,300,000
91 Fuzzy’s Pizza 96 Fuzzy Hajjar Houston, TX 1 $2,280,000
92 Pizza Italia 89 Terrance L. Basone San Antonio, TX 1 $2,280,000
93 J.J. Dolan’s 92 J.J. Niebuhr Honolulu HI 1 $2,250,000
94 Pizza Perfect Matt Cart Nashville, TN 2 $2,200,000
95 Covered Bridge Pizza Parlors Gary O. Hewitt North Kingsville, OH 3 $2,171,759
96 Pezzo Pizzeria 100 Keri Bougie White Bear Lake, MN 1 $2,156,290
97 Pizza Delicious Michael Friedman, Greg Augarten New Orleans, LA 1 $2,083,352
98 South of Chicago Pizza & Beef 59 Bob Jaeger Indianapolis, IN 2 $2,011,000
99 Angelo’s Pizza Parlor And-a-More Debby Foresta Pueblo, CO 1 $2,000,000
100 Red Wagon Pizza Company Peter Campbell Minneapolis, MN 2 $1,956,863

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