MSNBC Nightly News – A Slice of Life: Community Steps up to Save Pizzeria 10/10/11

Chicago’s Best of the Northwest: Nick’s Pizza & Pub 9/7/11

Fox Busines: A Recipe for Success 5/5/11



Best of 2011

Editor’s Pick Best of 2011 Award Winner by the Editor of Illinois Meetings and Events Magazine

Restaurant Neighbor Award – 2007, 2008 and 2011

Nick’s Pizza & Pub was chosen by the National Restaurant Association as the Illinois’ winner of the Restaurant Neighbor Award for its community contributions in 2007, 2008 and 2011!

Vocational Service Award – 2010

Nick received the Vocational Service Award for 2010 from the Rotary Club of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers. This award focuses on: adherence to and promotion of the highest ethical standards in all occupations, including fair treatment of employers, employees, associates, competitors, and the public; the recognition of the of all useful occupations, not just those that are pursued by Rotarians; and the contribution of your vocational talents to solving the problems of society and meeting the needs of the community.

All-Star Award – The Great Game of Business – May 2009

Elgin Wins Community Award – February 28, 2006 – 

The Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce awarded Nick’s Pizza & Pub the 2005 Community Improvement Program’s Silver Traveling Trophy for our Elgin restaurant we opened in March 2005!


QSR – July 21, 2011
5 Brands You Should Know About (But Don’t)

But the bigger story is Sarillo’s management style, in which he treats the 100 team members in each restaurant like part owners who share the company mission to provide the community an unforgettable place to connect with family and friends.

How to Tap Your Staff for Brilliant Ideas

We needed to find creative ways to get more people into the restaurant.

QSR – INDUSTRY NEWS – May 21, 2011
LIVE: Purpose, Value Help Nick’s to 25% Turnover

An intense commitment to brand culture and values among Nick’s workers has helped build business and keep his employee turnover around 25 percent!

Eating Out With The Kids

Behind-the-scenes tour takes you inside the pie at Nick’s Pizza & Pub!

INC. MAGAZINE – February 2010
Lessons From A Blue-Collar Millionaire

When Nick Sarillo launched his pizza business, he had one goal in mind: to create a corporate culture unlike any he had seen. Inc. Magazine chose this article as 8th most popular in “The Best of Inc. 2010”.

PIZZA TODAY – May 2006
Field of Dreams

Nick’s Pizza & Pub proves if you build it, people will come

NEWSWEEK – July 6, 2005 – Pizzeria Owner Beats the Odds
Building A Perfect Pizzeria

How a construction worker from Chicago built his $9 million pizza business – one weathered beam at a time.

NEWSWEEK – August 3, 2005 – Cooking Up a Great Staff
Being the Boss

A Chicago pizzeria owner shows how a small business can dish out generous benefits and still turn a healthy profit.

NEWSWEEK – September 14, 2005 – Designing a Stylish Pizzeria
Building Atmosphere

How a Chicago pizzeria owner used a keen eye for design, a deft touch with a chainsaw, and an army of friends to construct two 320-seat restaurants.

NEWSWEEK – October 12, 2005 – Low-Cost Marketing that Works
Community Appeal

A Chicago pizzeria blends traditional and cutting-edge marketing to build goodwill and inspire a loyal local following.