Nick Sarillo is the owner of Nick’s Pizza & Pub, one of the top ten busiest independent pizza restaurants in the country with two locations grossing nearly six times the revenue of typical pizza joints. Nick has spoken extensively about business, training and leadership at engagements around the country. He writes about growing a small restaurant business, nurturing young people in their careers, creating a culture of hospitality and more in his first book, A Slice of the Pie: How to Build a Big Little Business.
Nick Sarillo: I find it exciting and a gift to be able to serve and nourish others. It is a dynamic industry, always changing, always challenging and always offering new opportunities. And, as restaurateurs we get to “restore” people, a true gift.
Nick Sarillo: It’s hard to keep that list down to below 10 because I have had so many great mentors. I would say my dad and Rudy Miick.
Nick Sarillo: I have always had great respect for Charlie Trotter.
Nick Sarillo: Seeing our whole team in one of my restaurants come together on a crazy busy night as if it was a beautifully choreographed performance, and just nail a great dinner shift.
Nick Sarillo: I might still be a carpenter...or an astronaut. They’re both kind of the same.
Nick Sarillo: Those that support children in our communities, from autism support groups to helping a local family with their hospital bills. We also sponsor sports teams.
Nick Sarillo: I love sailing and skiing, and I miss being able to hang glide more!
Nick Sarillo: Someone who understands the importance of our people, has strong fiscal skills and who doesn’t have a big ego.