One of the council's first meetings was with the White House on menu labeling regulations.
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) launched the Pizzeria Industry Council to engage the operator community and address the concerns of pizza operators. The group will also serve as a networking and educational venue, and provide input on research and NRA member benefit program development.
"We look forward to working with the NRA on key issues that impact pizza operators, such as implementation of the new menu labeling and health care regulations and how to address elevated food costs," said Marla Topliff, CEO of Chicago-based Rosati's Pizza and chair of the NRA's Pizzeria Industry Council steering committee. "We will be working to produce resources and tools to help pizza operators increase profitability and productivity, as well as raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges that are unique to our industry segment."
The council's founding members include Topliff; James Greco, Sbarro; Richard Wolf, Papa Gino's Pizzeria; Pete LaChapelle, International Pizza Expo and Pizza Today; Adam Goldberg, Fresh Brothers Pizza; Anthony Rosati, Rosati's Pizza; Don Vlcek, Marco's Pizza; Eric Greenwald, Grimaldi's Pizzeria; Ivan Matsunaga, Connie's Pizza; Janelle Reents, Monical's Pizza Restaurant; Scott Anthony, Fox's Pizza Den; Shane Womack, Boston's The Gourmet Pizza; Trey Hester, Rocky Rococo Pizza and Pasta; Geoff Goodman, CiCi's Pizza; Sam Facchini, Metro Pizza; Michele DiMeo, Squisito Pizza and Pasta; and advisor Louis Basile, Wildflower Bread Company.