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Sarpino’s Pizzeria is a quick-service pizza chain that specializes in traditional and gourmet pizzas. Operating in a mixture of takeout, delivery and dine-in locations, Sarpino’s attracts a wide range of consumers. Sarpino’s USA Inc., a privately held company, operates and franchises the chain in the United States. Units are primarily located in strip malls and office buildings. Restaurants range in size from 1,500 to 2,500 square feet and offer limited seating. The company’s smaller Pizza Express units focus mainly on carryout business and have minimal decor. Larger units with a greater emphasis on sit-down dining feature modern cherrywood tables and chairs. Gerry Koutougos, who has been operating full-service restaurants in Canada since 1972, launched the Sarpino’s Pizzeria concept in 2001 in Victoria, British Columbia. Sarpino’s Pizzeria of Canada soon expanded the concept in Canada as well as overseas. The chain opened its first location in the U.S. in Phoenix in 2002. In 2005, Sarpino’s USA took over U.S. franchising from Sarpino’s Pizzeria of Canada. The menu features specialty and gourmet pizzas, housemade pasta offerings, sandwiches and calzones.