Although Americans crave penne, bruschetta and cannoli as well as convenient and quick culinary options, operators seeking to marry the two desires into expandable Italian fast-casual concepts are feeling some indigestion.While operators still view the niche for Italian-inspired food in a fast-casual format as underserved and new such concepts continue to debut, growth among many playersâ€”with the exception of those whose menus focus on pizzaâ€”has been stymied by operational, competitive and ...
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