KONO Pizza

The Kono Pizza concept was first presented in Milan, Italy in April of 2004. Since then, the idea of mobile, authentic, high-quality Italian pizza has quickly spread to 130 franchise locations across 20 countries. Now Kono is ready to provide Americans with one of their favorite foods, made better!

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What Does a KONO Pizza Franchise Cost?

To buy a franchise with KONO Pizza, you'll need to have at least $50,000 in liquid capital. Franchisees can expect to make a total investment of $90,000 - $150,000. KONO Pizza charges a franchise fee of $25,000. *

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Financial requirements for this franchise:
Liquid Capital:$50,000
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Total Investment:$90,000 - $150,000
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Franchise Fee:$25,000
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Franchisor Details

Facts about this Franchise:
Total Units:120+
Home Office: Manalapan, NJ
Year Founded:2013
Franchising Since:2015

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The Kono Pizza concept was first presented in Milan, Italy in April of 2004. Since then, the idea of mobile, authentic, high-quality Italian pizza has quickly spread to 130 franchise locations across 20 countries. Now Kono is ready to provide Americans with one of their favorite foods, made better!

The KONO Story

Kono Founder Carlo Ruggiero, an Italian Transplant in the United States, discovered the Kono concept during a family trip to Europe, and instantly recognized the opportunity to shake up the U.S. pizza market. After bringing the idea to his savvy U.S. entrepreneur partner David Ragosa, the duo struck a deal to bring the Kono concept to the United States. Now, there are already 15 konocations in development, with Kono USA now in “Andiamo!” (Let’s go!) mode!

Key Points About The Brand That Make Us Stand Out:

Convenience - Consumers are on the go, we provide high quality, fresh made products with the ingredients of their choosing in 3 minutes.

Portability - Finally pizza is perfected for hand-held eating on-the-go. Perfect for the lifestyle of today's busy multi-tasking consumer. Never before has pizza been so easy to eat.

Authentic Italian Quality - With our dough and sauce imported from Italy we ensure that the high quality of our products makes Kono Pizza not only easy to eat, but likely the best pizza you've tasted!

Flexibility of the Concept - With store models ranging from carts, food trailers, to food trucks, we are able to fit the concept into wherever the consumers are. This allows us to be flexible enough to fit into stadiums, airports, college campuses, malls, farmers markets, festivals, and other high volume locations.

Uniqueness - Cone approach with unique fold provides a healthy version of pizza and dessert.

Quick Serve - Once an order is received from a guest, it takes just 180 seconds to cook a cone which reduces wait time and lines in crowded venues.

Special Equipment - Custom ovens can bake over 100 cones an hour.

Large Group Capabilities - Custom carts can provide ease of service to parties and other large groups or special occasions.

We’ve Got Your Back

Our franchise owners are managers learn how to successfully operate their Kono Pizza business through an intensive series of onsite workshops, online courses and hands-on training at our corporate training facility. Attendees receive personalized, hands-on training from a dedicated team of Kono Pizza Education and Training Specialists.

On-Going Support
We are focused on supporting our franchise partners as they scale their pizza business. We provide assistance in marketing, business management, budgeting, inventory & logistics management, etc.

Venue Selection Support
Our support also helps all franchise owners select the prime venue real estate to maximize their Kono Pizza Franchise brand awareness and projected income.

Marketing Support
Another big piece of the brand awareness aspect of Kono Pizza is the marketing support we provide our franchise owners. Utilizing social media, maximizing web presence and building quality professional tools for franchise owners to take advantage of gives all of our franchise owners the advantage they need to succeed.

The KONO Cone

The KONO cone is pizza reinvented. The power of pizza in the palm of your hand…its perfectly folded for the best NY style pizza in the US! These unique cones make it easy for customers to carry healthy and flavorful treats while they’re on the go. All cones can be made to order with dough and sauces imported straight from Italy. We have a menu of cones for breakfast, lunch, dinner and desert, to ensure our customers keep coming back all day. Here’s a little more on what makes KONO so unique:

REAL INGREDIENTS: No frozen cheeses, low-quality proteins or cheap produce. For Kono customers, quality always comes first.

EAT ON THE GO: There is no “busier” nation than the United States. We are always on the move, and demand products to support our busy lifestyles. Kono pizza allows our customers to enjoy a delicious meal, on the fly. You just eat it the same way you would an ice cream cone—but, you know, with biting instead of licking.

EASY, CLEAN EATING: Most people love pizza, but they also have a list of things they don’t love about it. “Oil running off the slice onto my clothes”, “the sauce insisting its way onto my cheeks” and other rants are common among pizza lovers. Not at Kono. Our Kono Cone was engineered to ensure that all of the product ended up where it’s supposed to, not on your shirt or on your face!

A Healthier Option

Consumers are expected to become even more health-conscious as more studies on obesity and the dangers of eating an unbalanced diet continue to populate the media, PMQ reports. Each Kono location serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert cones that incorporate healthy alternatives into several menu items. There are a total of seven low-calorie cones on the menu, and they are visibly identified as being low-calorie so consumers know that they are making a nutritious choice.

Kono Pizza has discovered how to implement delicious ingredients into its menus without packing on the calories. A standard piece of vegetable pizza contains on average 450 calories. Comparatively, a margherita cone from Kono Pizza, which includes turkey, swiss, tomato, lettuce and the cone itself, totals just 250 calories.

Scale, Grow, Andiamo!

Whether you want to own just one location or build an empire like our Roman ancestors, Kono Pizza has a variety of business models available for our Famiglia to choose from. You choose how large or simple they want their business to be. From semi-permanent locations in Malls, to food trucks, to food carts in professional sports stadiums, it’s up to you!

Next Steps

Do you fit our pizza franchise concept? KONO is one of the most exciting and fastest growing pizza companies on the planet. Are You Business Savvy? Are You Multi Unit Capable? Have An Entrepreneurial Attitude?

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To get more information on KONO Pizza, please call Larry Sagal directly at (843) 879-2392.


KONO Pizza is currently accepting inquiries from the following states:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wyoming

Interested parties should have at least $50,000 in liquid capital to invest.

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