>> BEST OF DAYTON: Marion’s voted No. 1 Best Pizza in Dayton
Each year, the magazine ranks the largest independently owned pizza operations in the U.S. based on sales. Marion’s reported $21,641,138 in gross annual sales, narrowly missing the top spot behind San Diego-based Woodstock’s Pizza, which reported about $22.5 million in annual sales.
Marion’s has ranked No. 1 on this sales-based list the past three years, and five out of the last seven years. It first topped the list in 2013, repeated in 2014, was ranked second in 2015, and claimed the top spot for three consecutive years until this year. Top-selling San Diego-based Woodstock’s Pizza operates eight locations.
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The magazine mails out surveys to independent pizzerias across the nation that operate nine or fewer restaurants to rank independent restaurant chains based on sales. Marion’s operates nine pizza restaurants in the Dayton/northern Cincinnati area. Marion’s smallest restaurant seats 275, and six of its nine restaurants seat more than 500, CEO Roger Glass told the pizza trade publication in 2013.
Marion’s Piazza was one of 11 Ohio-based chains to make the magazine’s “Top 100” list, and the only one based in the Dayton region.
Pizza Today’s editors have said the list “is a testament to the ingenuity, diligence and skill of the pizzeria owners who make the grade.”
“Making our list is quite an accomplishment,” Pizza Today Editor-in-Chief Jeremy White said last year in a release. “Making it here isn’t easy — it’s a testament to many factors such as great food and service, solid marketing and old-fashioned hard work. The pizzerias on our Hot 100 list have managed to really set themselves apart from the competition.”
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Marion’s Piazza was founded in 1965.