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Pizza in a cone?

After opening their first corporate U.S. location in Edison, N.J. this summer, KONO USA began offering franchises and already have 15+ units in the pipeline. "We're receiving positive feedback regarding the potential financial opportunity for experienced and novice operators alike," noted KONO USA co-founder Kinlaw.

"The KONO cone is pizza reinvented," said Ragosa, co-founder of KONO USA. "You aren't likely to see a guy in a business suit walking down 5th Avenue eating a droopy slice of greasy pizza. Our cones are created around mobility and high-quality ingredient. Our pizza tastes better, you feel better about eating it, and you won't spill sauce down your shirt."

KONO Pizza embraces original Italian recipes and ingredients inspired by the overseas locations. Served in a cone and filled with fresh, quality ingredients, some imported straight from Italy, the brand offers consumers a healthier, on-the-go alternative to one of their favorite foods. Featuring a thinner crust and low-moisture cheese, KONO Pizza cones are only 250-280 calories each, compared to 450 calories in the average traditional pizza slice.

According to co-founder Ruggiero, "KONO Pizza is fast and easy to prepare, nothing is pre-made, and every single cone is cooked on the spot. Our pizza cones can be eaten anywhere, anytime."

The KONO USA co-founders are hard-working, dedicated entrepreneurs who have worked together for many years building successful franchises in the U.S. fitness, food and technology industries, including the well-known brands Let's YO! and Retro Fitness, before joining together to bring KONO Pizza to the states.

The newly established U.S. franchisor has sights set on opening locations across the country in traditional kiosk formats and stand-alone stores.

The Italian-inspired recipes and cooking processes are standard throughout all locations, simplifying the hiring process for franchisees (a full-time, experienced chef is not necessary). In addition, each location requires a limited staff of 8-10 part-time employees and one full-time manager.

Founded in Edison, N.J., KONO USA - www.konousa.com - was established in the United States in 2013 by David Ragosa, Carlo Ruggiero and Greg Kinlaw, who took the already popular European concept and brought it to America. Originated by Italian culinary genius, Rossano Boscolo, KONO Pizza cones are filled with fresh, quality ingredients inspired by original Italian recipes, giving consumers an on-the-go, healthier way to enjoy their favorite food.