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We Now Offer Halal Options!

December 29, 2022

Russo’s New York Pizzeria now offers Halal options at our various franchise locations. As part of our commitment to 100% customer satisfaction, we’re proud to give our Islamic patrons the opportunity to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine within the prescriptions of their faith.

What is Halal? How does Russo’s offer Halal food at all our pizzerias? In case you’re unfamiliar with the concept, here’s a synopsis of how it works.

What is Halal?

Halal is the Arabic word for “lawful.” So, when we refer to Halal foods, these are the ones Muslims may consume without violating the Quranic law. By contrast, there are several foods considered “Haram,” (or unlawful) according to Islamic law.

This is a brief list of Haram foods.

  • All pork products (including bacon and ham)
  • Any meat from carnivorous animals
  • Lard
  • Tallow, lipase, gelatin, rennet, stock, when not sourced from Halal animals
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Anything other foods contaminated with these items.

Even for non-carnivorous animals, there are certain slaughter requirements that one must meet in order for the meat to qualify as Halal. Poultry, for example, must be harvested by severing the carotid artery, and allowing the blood to drain from the chicken or turkey properly. Some meat factories even have an Islamic official supervising the process and praying over the meat.

Of course, the concept of Halal has a broader context beyond food preparation. Muslims also follow Quranic restrictions regarding other areas such as personal care products, cosmetics, and other consumer items. However, concerning food choices, all other items (not mentioned in the Quran) are fit for consumption, and therefore, Halal.

Halal Ingredients at Russo’s New York Pizzeria

Russo’s offers our patrons the chance to enjoy everything from Halal brick oven pizza to gluten-free pizza to various vegetarian dishes. There’s literally something for everybody.

That’s how we remain at the competitive edge better than any other national or international pizza chain.

Russo’s offers terrific, Halal-friendly meat selections, made from fresh chicken and beef, including . . . 

  • Pizza Bianca (Margherita Pizza, Chicken Rustica Pizza, and Mediterranean Pizza)
  • Meatball Parmesan Sandwiches (made from homemade beef and veal Italian meatballs)
  • Chicken Avocado Salad
  • Tuscan Salad
  • Pistachio Pesto Chicken Pasta
  • Shrimp Fra Diavolo
  • Terrific Appetizers like Jumbo Liberty Wings
  • . . . and many other savory items all throughout our fabulous dine-in menu.

If you’d like to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine, compatible with Halal or any dietary preferences, then visit one of our many domestic and international locations. We’re on the fast track to becoming world famous. You can find out more about Russo’s New York Pizzeria by contacting us anytime via email.

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