Natural and eco-friendly pizza restaurant franchise Pizza Fusion will be opening two locations in the Tampa, Florida, area in January 2011.

Voted “Best Pizza” numerous times, Pizza Fusion's well-rounded menu offers something for everyone at a great value. Menu items range from traditional pizzas and sandwiches to its extensive offering of handcrafted, specialty pizzas, like Four Cheese & Sundried Tomato, Sausage & Tri-Colored Peppers, or the popular Founder's Pie. Pizza Fusion's organic salads offer a quick lunch or healthy dinner. Beyond its organic offerings, Pizza Fusion also offers a number of menu items for selective eaters, including vegan, vegetarian, lactose-free, and gluten-free pizza and other options.

The two new Pizza Fusion restaurant owners, Ralph Santell and David Burton, plan to open their respective locations in January 2011. Santell will be opening his new location in Westchase at 9556 West Linebaugh and Burton will be opening doors on his restaurant on 777 North Ashley Drive.

“I am honored to have two such outstanding businessmen and entrepreneurs as Ralph Santell and David Burton join the Pizza Fusion family,” says Pizza Fusion CEO Mark Begelman. “With their combination of experience, talent, and passion, their restaurants will not only be great pillars in the Tampa community, but also outstanding leaders within our own dynamic organization.”

“I was drawn to Pizza Fusion mainly because of its focus on fresh and natural foods as well as it being a restaurant leader in environmentally sustainable practices,” Burton says. “I've always tried to align myself with organizations built around integrity and am delighted to work with a company that prides itself on social responsibility.”

“Having a Pizza Fusion franchise will allow us to impact more people's lives in a positive manner in many ways,” Santell says. “Being good stewards of the environment while providing healthy and delicious food options for our community will give all of our team members a sense of satisfaction as well as a feeling of accomplishment.”

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