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Chef Anthony Russo Breathes New Life Into Authentic Italian Cuisine

August 5, 2022

Russo’s Restaurants are consistently on the forefront of the latest trends in the pizzeria/Italian sector, thanks to the creative culinary mind of Chef Anthony Russo. Recently, Chef Anthony and the Russo’s team announced the launch of an innovative new menu that blends generations of Russo family Italian recipes with popular, heart-healthy new ingredients.

What’s new about the menu?

Chef Anthony Russo: Our guests are savvy, discerning eaters – we’ve given them what they’ve been asking for – new pizzas, salads, pastas and appetizers that put our fresh produce and ingredients in the spotlight. Some of the new items on our Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen menus include:

  • Chicken & Kale Pesto Pasta Salad
  • Spinach, Kale & Artichoke Dip
  • Calabrese Napoletana Pizza
  • Spinach, Kale& Artichoke Pizza
  • Chicken & Kale Pizza
  • Italian Works Pizza
  • Prosciutto & Arugula Pizza

You can find a full list of menu items at and

What motivated the changes?

AR: Our new menu items were created to give today’s consumers who want fresh, homemade flavors made from the freshest ingredients at every dining experience more variety while still remaining true to our authentic Italian roots. We wanted to showcase our commitment to culinary trend research and development as well as adjusting to our guests’ evolving tastes.

What type of ingredients are used?

AR: As you can see from the menu items listed above, fresh produce is at the heart of our menu innovations. Kale, spinach, arugula and artichokes bolster many of our new items and have been added to classics, like the Calabrese Napoletana, which includes crumbled fresh Italian sausage, mushrooms, mozzarella and ricotta alongside fresh kale, infused with the olive oil and garlic sauce. We have even more delicious gluten-free and vegetarian options for our guests to enjoy now. Our ingredients are all-natural with no additives or preservatives and have zero trans-fats.

How have guests responded?

AR: The response has been overwhelmingly positive! We love to see our customers spending quality time with friends and family over a delicious Italian meal – it’s the sentiment our restaurants were founded upon. All of the feedback we’ve heard so far has been very good.

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