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Father's Day is just around the corner (June 16th!), and it's time to celebrate the amazing dads in our lives. Dads are the grill masters, the joke tellers, the shoulder to cry on, and the biggest fans (cheering loudest at soccer games, even when we miss the goal). This year, show Dad how much you appreciate him by giving him a break from the usual routine.

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Why Russo's is the Perfect Father's Day Destination

Forget the grocery shopping, the grilling prep, and the post-dinner cleanup. At Russo's New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen, we're all about creating a delicious and stress-free Father's Day experience for the whole family. Here's why Russo's is the perfect spot to celebrate Dad:

Bonus Points: Treat Dad to a Slice of Nostalgia

For many dads, there's nothing quite like a taste of their childhood.  Russo's authentic New York-style pizzas are made with fresh, high-quality ingredients and cooked to crispy perfection, just like the pizzas Dad might have enjoyed growing up.

Let Russo's Help You Celebrate Dad This Year!

This Father's Day, skip the stress and give Dad the gift of delicious food and quality family time. Make a reservation at your local Russo's or order takeout/delivery online. We'll take care of the meal, so you can focus on what really matters - celebrating Dad!

Summer is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate the warm weather than with a slice of pure, delicious simplicity? June 11th marks National Margherita Pizza Day, and here at Russo's New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen, we're ready to help you honor this classic pie in style.

The Margherita pizza boasts a rich history, dating back to 1889 when it was created for Queen Margherita of Italy. The pizzaiolo, Raffaele Esposito, presented the queen with a pizza adorned with the colors of the Italian flag: vibrant red tomato sauce, fresh green basil leaves, and creamy white mozzarella cheese. Queen Margherita was reportedly so impressed that the pizza was named after her, and the rest, as they say, is history.

At Russo's, we stay true to the Margherita's essence while using the finest ingredients to create a truly unforgettable pizza experience. Our Margherita starts with a base of vine-ripened Roma tomatoes, known for their sweetness and vibrant acidity. We then layer on a generous portion of fresh mozzarella cheese, sourced directly from Wisconsin for its unparalleled creaminess and stretch.

But the magic doesn't stop there. We take things a step further by incorporating fresh garlic for a subtle hint of warmth and fragrant Sicilian extra-virgin olive oil for a touch of richness and a burst of peppery goodness. Finally, the pizza is crowned with beautiful fresh basil leaves, adding not only a pop of color but also a delightful herbaceous aroma that will have your mouth watering before it even hits the table.

So, this National Margherita Pizza Day, ditch the complicated toppings and celebrate the beauty of simplicity. Head down to a Russo's location near you and savor a slice (or two!) of our mouthwatering Margherita pizza. Made with love and the freshest ingredients, it's the perfect way to experience the timeless taste of Italy.

We can't wait to celebrate with you!

Mom's the word for amazing, and this Mother's Day, show her just how much you appreciate everything she does with a delicious meal from Russo's New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen! Whether you're looking to treat her to a relaxing lunch or a celebratory dinner, Russo's has something for everyone.

Treat Mom to a Relaxing Day at Russo's

This Mother's Day, skip the cooking and dishes and let Russo's take care of everything! Our warm and inviting atmosphere is the perfect place for Mom to unwind and enjoy a delicious meal with her loved ones.

Our menu features a wide variety of classic Italian dishes that are sure to please any palate. From our mouthwatering pizzas made with fresh, high-quality ingredients to our hearty pasta dishes and flavorful entrees, we have something for everyone.

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Thinking of Something More Intimate? Order Takeout or Delivery!

Maybe Mom would prefer a cozy night in with the family. No problem! Russo's offers convenient takeout and delivery options so you can enjoy our delicious food in the comfort of your own home.

Browse our menu online or give us a call to place your order. We'll take care of everything, so you can focus on spending quality time with Mom.

Make Mom Feel Special with Russo's

Here at Russo's, we know how important moms are. This Mother's Day, show her how much you care with a delicious meal from her favorite Italian spot.

We recommend checking out our special Mother's Day menu, featuring some of Mom's favorite dishes. Plus, don't forget to ask about our decadent desserts – the perfect way to end a perfect meal!

Russo's: Your One-Stop Shop for Mother's Day

This Mother's Day, make Russo's New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen your one-stop shop for a delicious and memorable celebration.

Reserve your table today or place your takeout or delivery order and let Russo's help you make this Mother's Day unforgettable!

We look forward to celebrating Mom with you!

Mark your calendars, seafood lovers! National Shrimp Scampi Day is upon us, falling on Monday, April 29th. Here at Russo's New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen, we're ready to help you celebrate this delightful occasion with a dish that's both classic and incredibly flavorful – our very own Shrimp Scampi!

This isn't your average shrimp scampi. We start with succulent jumbo Gulf shrimp, ensuring a satisfying bite in every mouthful. These beauties are then sautéed to perfection, bathed in a light and vibrant sauce that bursts with fresh, zesty flavor.

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The secret lies in the perfect balance of ingredients. We use a touch of Pinot Grigio, a crisp white wine that complements the sweetness of the shrimp without overpowering it. This is then combined with a vibrant lemon and garlic base, a timeless combination that forms the heart of any good scampi dish. Don't forget the capers! These tiny pickled buds add a delightful briny touch that cuts through the richness and keeps the flavors lively.

Finally, we nestle the succulent shrimp in a bed of fettuccine pasta. Made with the finest Sicilian extra-virgin olive oil, this pasta boasts a silky texture that perfectly absorbs the delicious scampi sauce. Each forkful is a symphony of textures and tastes, making this dish an absolute delight.

Whether you're a longtime Russo's fan or just discovering our culinary creations, National Shrimp Scampi Day is the perfect excuse to indulge.  So come on down to your nearest Russo's and experience the magic of our take on this classic Italian-American dish.

Here are some additional ways to celebrate National Shrimp Scampi Day at Russo's:

Don't miss out on this delicious opportunity!  We look forward to celebrating National Shrimp Scampi Day with you at a Russo's location near you!

New York-style pizza is renowned for its thin, crispy crust that has just the right amount of chewiness. Creating authentic New York-style pizza at home starts with the perfect dough. Follow this recipe to craft a delicious pizza dough that will transport your taste buds to the bustling streets of the Big Apple.

Making pizza at home can be a fun and rewarding experience. Using fresh pizza dough balls from Russo’s New York Pizzeria sounds like a convenient option for those who want to enjoy authentic pizza without the hassle of making the dough from scratch.

For those interested in exploring this option, visiting the website www.nypizzeria.com can provide more information on the locations where fresh pizza dough balls are available. Using premium high-protein flour and extra virgin olive oil in the dough can definitely enhance the flavor and texture of the pizza.

Whether you choose to make your own pizza dough or opt for ready-made dough balls, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the process of creating delicious homemade pizzas!

Made with premium Ingredients:

First steps of Instructions:

  1. Activate the Yeast: In a small bowl, combine the warm water, sugar, and dry yeast. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until the mixture becomes foamy. This indicates that the yeast is active and ready to use.
  2. Mix the Dough: In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture and olive oil. Stir the ingredients until a shaggy dough forms.
  3. Knead the Dough: Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead it for about 8-10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. You can also use a stand mixer with a dough hook for this step.
  4. First Rise: Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover it with a damp towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1-2 hours or until it has doubled in size.
  5. Shape the Dough: Once the dough has risen, punch it down to release the air bubbles. Divide the dough into two equal portions and shape each portion into a ball. Cover them with a damp towel and let them rest for about 15-20 minutes.
  6. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to the highest temperature it can reach (usually around 500°F to 550°F) and place a pizza stone or upside-down baking sheet inside to heat up.
  7. Stretch the Dough: On a lightly floured surface, gently stretch and shape each dough ball into a thin, round pizza crust. You can use a rolling pin if needed, but be careful not to overwork the dough.
  8. Add Toppings: Once the dough is shaped, add your favorite pizza toppings, such as tomato sauce, cheese, and toppings of your choice.
  9. Bake the Pizza: Carefully slide the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone or baking sheet and bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly.
  10. Enjoy: Remove the pizza from the oven, let it cool for a minute, slice it, and savor the delicious flavors of your homemade New York-style pizza!

With this recipe and a little practice, you can create authentic New York-style pizza right in your own kitchen. Experiment with different toppings and techniques to customize your pizza just the way you like it. Buon appetito!

Ah, Tax Day. Just the mention of it can send shivers down even the most organized spine. But fear not, fellow foodies! You've wrestled with forms, wrangled receipts, and emerged victorious. Now it's time to reward yourself, and what better way than with a delicious meal at Russo's New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen?

We get it, taxes are no picnic. Whether you spent the weekend hunched over spreadsheets or enlisted the help of a trusty accountant, the whole process can be a real brain drain. But take a deep breath, because that stress cloud hanging over your head can officially dissipate. You've done your civic duty, and now it's time to focus on the good stuff – like indulging in your favorite comfort food!

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At Russo's, we're all about celebrating life's little victories, and conquering Tax Day is definitely one to savor. So, picture this: you walk through our doors, the warm aroma of freshly baked pizza and simmering sauces washing over you. The stress melts away as you settle into a cozy booth, ready to dive into a menu filled with Italian classics made with love.

Perhaps you go for a classic New York-style slice, that perfect combination of thin crust, tangy sauce, and gooey mozzarella. Or maybe you're feeling a bit more adventurous and opt for one of our specialty pizzas, piled high with gourmet toppings. We've got something for everyone, from hearty pastas and creamy risottos to fresh salads and decadent desserts.

Consider this your official permission to indulge. You've earned it! Pair your meal with a glass of wine from our carefully curated selection, or keep it simple with a refreshing Italian soda. Savor every bite, knowing that the weight of Tax Day has officially lifted.

At Russo's, we're more than just a restaurant; we're a community gathering place. So come on down to a Russo's location near you, raise a glass to a job well done, and let us take care of the rest. You deserve a break, and a delicious Italian feast is the perfect way to celebrate your Tax Day victory!

Chef Russo favorite childhood soup was tortellini il brodo what Nona used to prepare growing up in New Jersey was a childhood favorite Sunday soup tradition at Nona house was prepared with very simple fresh chicken broth, chopped baby spinach, diced Roma tomato and slices of chicken breast with ricotta cheese filled tortellini was our childhood meal so after 40 years we been making the same soup in our New York pizzeria kitchen and have decided to offer it for lunch special as an unlimited soup and salad combo for $9.95 this soup is simple and very healthy filled with high protein and fresh spinach This comforting soup is made with tender chicken, cheesy tortellini, and an array of fresh spinach and Roma tomatoes, all simmered together in a flavorful broth. Today, I'm excited to share this recipe with you so you can enjoy a bowl of warmth and goodness, too.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute until golden brown
  2. Pour in the chicken broth and bring it to a simmer. Add the diced fresh breast chicken, pinch fresh parsley , salt, and pepper. Let the soup simmer for about 15-20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
  3. Add the cheese tortellini to the pot and cook according to the package instructions, usually about 7-9 minutes.
  4. Stir in the fresh spinach leaves and 1/2 cup diced Roma tomato let them wilt in the hot soup for a minute or two.
  5. Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.
  6. Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese before serving.

Conclusion:

There you have it – a simple and delicious Chicken Tortellini Soup that is sure to warm you up from the inside out. This soup is perfect for a cozy night in or for feeding a crowd. Feel free to customize it by adding your favorite vegetables or herbs. I hope you enjoy making and savoring this comforting bowl of goodness as much as I do. And you can also enjoy our fresh made soup at Russo New York pizzeria location 5727 westheimer houston tx 77057

Planning a first date can be nerve-wracking. You want to find a place that's fun, relaxed, and sets the stage for good conversation. Look no further than Russo's New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen! Here's why Russo's is the perfect spot for your first date:

Delicious Food, Happy Mood

Let's face it, good food puts everyone in a good mood. Russo's doesn't disappoint. Our menu is a celebration of all things Italian, starting with our iconic New York-style pizza. Made with fresh, high-quality ingredients, our pizzas are perfect for sharing (or not, we won't judge!). But pizza is just the beginning. We also offer a variety of classic Italian dishes like pastas, chicken parmesan, and decadent desserts. There's something to satisfy every craving, ensuring a happy and well-fed date!

Conversation Starters Built-In

Pizza is more than just food, it's an experience! Sharing a pie (or two) is a natural conversation starter. Debate the merits of pineapple as a topping (we won't judge here either!), discuss your favorite childhood pizza memories, or get creative with your own custom combinations. Russo's also offers a wide selection of Italian wines and beers, perfect for finding a drink to complement your meal and add another layer to your conversation.

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Casual Comfort, Yet Still Special

Russo's warm atmosphere strikes the perfect balance between casual and inviting. You won't feel out of place in jeans and a t-shirt, but the friendly service and delicious food elevate the experience beyond your average pizzeria.  Whether you choose a cozy booth or a spot by the open kitchen watching the pizza magic happen, Russo's provides a comfortable setting that allows you to relax and get to know your date.

Focus on Getting to Know Each Other

Unlike fancy restaurants with complicated menus and a rush to turn tables, Russo's encourages you to linger and savor the moment.  Our portion sizes are generous, perfect for sharing and conversation. You won't feel pressured to rush through your meal, giving you ample time to connect with your date and see if there's a spark.

Something for Everyone

Maybe your date isn't a huge pizza fan? No problem! Russo's extensive Italian menu offers plenty of other options. From creamy pastas to flavorful chicken dishes, there's something delicious for every taste.  This variety ensures a stress-free dining experience where both of you can find something you'll enjoy.

So, ditch the stuffy restaurants and the pressure to impress. Head to a Russo's location near you for a fun, relaxed first date filled with delicious food and conversation. After all, the best first dates are the ones where you can be yourself, enjoy good food, and see if there's a connection.  Russo's is the perfect place to make that happen!

Ready to ditch the first-date jitters? Make Russo's New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen your next date night destination!

Calling all comfort food connoisseurs! Mark your calendars for March 9th, because it's National Meatball Day, and Russo's New York Pizzeria is ready to help you celebrate this delicious occasion.

At Russo's, we understand the magic of a perfectly crafted meatball. It's a dish that transcends generations and cultures, a savory hug in a bowl (or on a plate, or in a sandwich!). That's why we offer a variety of ways to experience the magic of meatballs throughout our menu.

Appetizer Perfection

Kickstart your National Meatball Day feast with our Russo's Homemade Meatballs. These aren't your average bar-food meatballs. We use a combination of beef and veal to create a rich, flavorful base, simmered to perfection in our signature Chianti-braised meat sauce. It's a flavor explosion that will have you reaching for seconds (or thirds!).

Classic Italian Combos

For a more traditional National Meatball Day experience, dive into our Spaghetti with Meatballs or Italian Sausage. We use the same homemade meatballs you love from our appetizer, served atop a bed of freshly prepared spaghetti, bathed in your choice of our Chianti-braised meat sauce or a simple marinara. Finished with fresh basil and a drizzle of Sicilian extra-virgin olive oil, it's a symphony of Italian flavors that's sure to satisfy.

A Meaty Masterpiece

If you're looking for something a little more adventurous, look no further than our Meatball Parmesan Sandwich. This behemoth features our homemade beef and veal meatballs, smothered in our irresistible Chianti-braised meat sauce, and topped with melted Wisconsin mozzarella cheese. It's a handheld masterpiece that's both hearty and delicious.

Celebrate National Meatball Day at Russo's!

No matter how you like your meatballs, Russo's New York Pizzeria has something for you this National Meatball Day. So come on down to a Russo's location near you, grab a plate (or a napkin!), and get ready to experience the magic of Russo's meatballs! We guarantee you won't leave disappointed.

Lenten season has begun, and many of us are turning our attention toward incorporating more meatless options into our diets. But that doesn't mean sacrificing flavor or variety! At Russo's New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen, we're here to show you that Fridays during Lent can be just as delicious and satisfying as ever.

A Feast for the Senses

Russo's boasts a diverse menu brimming with mouthwatering vegetarian and seafood options, perfect for adhering to Lenten guidelines. Indulge in our classic Margherita pizza, a symphony of fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce, and fragrant basil. Craving something a bit more adventurous? Explore our Vegetarian pizza, featuring a vibrant medley of vegetables like spinach, peppers, olives, and mushrooms.

For pasta lovers, our Fettuccine Alfredo is a delightful choice. Imagine fettuccine pasta crafted in-house, tossed in a creamy Pecorino Romano sauce made with Sicilian extra-virgin olive oil. Or how about Russo's signature handmade ricotta cheese ravioli, delicately prepared with Sicilian extra-virgin olive oil, and garnished with fresh basil. Served with your choice of Russo's homemade marinara or Alfredo sauce.

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Seafood Sensations

Seafood lovers won't be disappointed either. Our Shrimp Scampi includes large Gulf shrimp, sautéed with a flavorful blend of Pinot Grigio, lemon, and garlic sauce, along with capers and tomatoes, served over fettuccine pasta cooked in Sicilian extra-virgin olive oil. Feeling adventurous? Try our Shrimp Fra Diavolo, a spicy tomato sauce bursting with flavor and featuring succulent shrimp.

Beyond the Main Course

Don't forget to explore our selection of appetizers and salads. Our Bruschetta is a delightful starter, featuring fresh tomatoes, basil, and garlic piled high on toasted crostini bread. For a lighter option, our Caprese salad combines the vibrant flavors of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil, drizzled with a balsamic glaze.

More than Just Food

At Russo's, we understand that dining out is about more than just the food. It's about creating lasting memories with loved ones in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Our friendly staff is always happy to answer your questions and guide you through our extensive menu, ensuring you have a delightful dining experience.

So, this Lent, don't let your meatless Fridays feel like a sacrifice. Head over to a Russo's location near you and discover a world of flavor without the meat. We guarantee you'll leave satisfied and eager to return for your next Lenten feast!

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