A wise man once noted that “you can please all of the people some of the time and some of the people all the time.” This is certainly true when it comes to the debate of whether or not pineapple belongs on pizza. Few arguments have brought about more contention than any other. Today, we examine the different points of view in this argument in hopes of better understanding the differing perspectives. 

Pizza Purists 

The main detractors of pineapple as a viable pizza topping are those who believe that the dish is a sacred institution and should not be hampered by the fruit that comes to us by way of Hawaii. Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and five-star chef Gordon Ramsey have both voiced their contention toward this topping, saying that the flavor clashes with the natural acidity found in marinara sauce. Many purists insist that pepperoni, mushrooms, and sausages are the only way to go. 

Russo's Hawaiian Pizza

Pineapple Aficionados 

Of course, there are always two sides to every debate, and on the other side of the coin, as it were, are those who insist that pineapple is one of the best things to happen to pizza since its creation in the 1800s. These fans say that the combination of melted mozzarella with the cold pineapple makes for a one-two punch of flavor that simply cannot be topped by any other combination. Besides, pineapple contains several nutrients that are beneficial for indigestion and inflammation. With ardent supporters of the topping including Dwayne “The Rock '' Johnson, you could say that it’s one ingredient that really lays the smackdown on flavor. 

The Best Way to Enjoy Pineapple on Pizza 

For those who have been wary about trying this topping of contention on a pizza pie, we have this offering to make–the Hawaiian Pizza from Russo’s. We create a masterclass of flavor with our combination of pineapple, Wisconsin mozzarella, and Canadian bacon, all merging with our signature sauce to offer a taste that’s unmatched. If you’ve never tried pineapple on pizza or have been a long-time detractor, give this recipe a shot; it might just change your mind. 

Here at Russo’s New York Pizzeria, our authentic Italian dishes are crafted with quality and care. We’re constantly offering deals and specials on our offerings, so be sure to check back often. We invite you to come visit us at 3335 College Park Drive, Suite 300, in The Woodlands. You won't be disappointed!

If you’re someone who orders pizza on a semi-regular basis, then there’s a good chance you already know how wonderful it is and the capacity for having leftovers it creates. Now, if you find yourself with some leftover slices in your fridge in the morning, you might feel the temptation to heat them up in the microwave and continue the pizza party from the night before. Before you go and do that, here’s some delicious information that you should spend a few moments digesting—cold pizza is a fine delicacy, and it’s certainly one that has some unique advantages. 

Pizza for Breakfast

Breakfast on the Go 

Here’s a question—when was the last time you had breakfast before you began your day? (And be honest.) Don't worry, you’re not alone. Many of us have schedules that keep us busy and on our feet for most of the day, and taking a few moments for some essential nourishment before leaving that house isn't always an option. That’s where cold pizza comes to the rescue! Grab a slice from the fridge and chomp it down on your way to work. You’ll find yourself having a more productive day and not hitting that mid-afternoon slump. 

More Filling 

When pizza has cooled off in the fridge, one of the things you’ll notice is that it develops a different consistency than it did when it was first delivered or came out of the oven. And believe it or not, there’s an advantage to this. The thicker consistency means that less is needed to fill you up and give you the satisfaction of your hunger being alleviated. 

Unique Taste 

While we’ve already established the fact that the consistency of cold pizza is most fulfilling and it’s incredibly convenient for those of us on the go, we forgot to mention the most important thing–the taste! Refrigerated pizza has a very unique taste to it. When served at cold temperatures, the marinara sauce has a very similar taste to gazpacho (A Spanish tomato soup served chilled), and some toppings, such as pineapple, taste great when they’ve been chilled overnight. This also proves once and for all that pineapple belongs on pizza.

When you come and purchase a pizza from Russo’s New York Pizzeria, you’ll get to experience authentic New York taste in your very own home. Cold or hot, you can always count on the big taste we provide. Visit our location today at 3335 College Park Drive, Suite 300, in The Woodlands.

The month of September is certainly a busy one. With children already back in school, Labor Day, and the first signs of fall beginning to make themselves known, there’s no denying that there are a lot of things to think about. And while you might not be thinking about adding more items to your already busy agenda, there’s one event in particular that you’ll certainly want to celebrate. On September 20th, we are celebrating National Pepperoni Pizza Day. This award-winning combination of cheese and spice is loved the world over, and there’s no better way to commemorate its existence than by stopping by Russo’s New York Pizzeria in The Woodlands for a few slices. 

Russo's Pepperoni Pizza

A Tasty Legacy 

Pepperoni, like many other foods that have gained a considerable amount of popularity in the United States, came to our attention from immigrants who imported their traditions and customs to our shores. The sausage is made from uncured pork and seasoned with a variety of spices, and it first became popular in Italy in the 1700s. The term comes from the word “peperone,” which translates to bell pepper. Pepperoni became known to American diners in the early part of the 20th century as Italian immigrants began to migrate to this country. It first started appearing in 1919 as a cured, dried sausage that was very similar to some of the spiced sausages that came from Italy, such as Salsiccia and Soppressata. It gained further popularity following America’s involvement in the Second World War, and American servicemen who were returning home brought stories of the delectable sausages that they had eaten while stationed in Italy. 


While there’s no shortage of toppings that are popular among pizza lovers, Pepperoni is easily the most well-known and commonly ordered. It’s estimated that 36% of all pizzas that are made in the United States are served with spicy sausage and that Americans consume upwards of 200 million pounds of pepperoni per year. The sausage is also known for having high amounts of protein, making it one of the best post-workout snacks to enjoy. 

The Pepperoni Pizza at Russo’s Pizzeria is Ready for You

If you’re looking for the best way to celebrate this delicious holiday, we invite you to come down to Russo’s New York Pizzeria in The Woodlands and bury yourself in between a few slices. You can find us located at 3335 College Park Drive, Suite 300, in The Woodlands or you can call 936-273-6060 for delivery and takeout for delivery and takeout

Pasta is a terrific solution for busy professionals who have to take a late lunch. It’s one of our most popular items for folks who get carryout meals with us throughout the week. We can prove this, too, provided you visit us for the real deal, which is authentic Italian pasta, rather than resorting to imitation-grade stuff from a can.

Eliminate Hunger & Frustration - Some working professionals and other busy individuals may get “hangry” at around 2 p.m., especially if they intended to skip lunch altogether. We always recommend against that, but if you skipped your ordinary noon lunchtime, it’s not too late to rectify that mistake by checking us out for some spaghetti, lasagna, or eggplant parmesan.

Great Carbs for End-of-Day Energy - Unless you’re on a Keto or Atkins Diet, then you can take advantage of pasta meals to provide that extra boost of energy for the rest of the day. Trust us on this one, you’d much rather refuel with authentic pasta rather than push the test with more coffee and other caffeine sources.

Save a Little for Supper - If you decide you ordered just a tad too much pasta, then it’s easy to put a pin in it for later. Leftover pasta doesn’t last forever, but it’s easy to refrigerate and enjoy for subsequent meals at least for a couple days thereafter. Some pasta lovers prefer to reheat their pasta in the microwave, which works well enough. Try to add a little olive oil or water to it to prevent drying or burning it, though.

Pasta options at Russo's

So Many Outstanding Russo’s Pasta Entrees!

What are some of the best pasta dishes from the Russo’s Lunch Menu?

We hope this makes you hungry and entices you to visit Russo’s New York Pizzeria in The Woodlands soon. Our doors are open every day beginning at 11 a.m., so you can come to us for either an early or late lunch. Call us to order pasta or ask about the rest of our menu at 936-273-6060.

There’s no denying that pizza is one of, if not the most popular dishes. Served in a vast array of different methods, with an almost never-ending amount of toppings, it’s easily the most customizable food item in the world, and the variations that emerge seem to grow by leaps and bounds on a daily basis. The question is, what is the original combination? What was the blend that began it all and started the pizza on its upward trajectory in popularity and affection? Well, to answer that question, we need to travel all the way back to Italy in the late 1800s and its queen, Margherita di Savoia.

Margherita Pizza

The Margherita Pizza 

The pizza that started it all, which is known as the Margherita, is composed of some very unique ingredients and is still served inside and outside of Italy to this very day. Its three main ingredients, tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, are included to represent the three principal colors of the Italian flag (Red, white, and green.). Here at Russo’s New York Pizzeria, we adhere to the traditional Italian recipe to give our customers a truly authentic taste of the Pizza that started it all. 

The Authentic Ingredients That Make the Difference 

Unlike the typical cheese pizza that’s commonly found in most American pizza parlors, the Margarita is composed of a variety of ingredients to give it its authentic taste. 

Here at Russo’s New York Pizzeria, we always strive to give our customers the authentic Italian taste that’s been passed down for generations. Discover our amazing selections today when you visit us in The Woodlands at 3335 College Park Drive, Suite 300.

There’s something special about the premise of having a dessert after a fulfilling meal. And, if you’re a fan of The Golden Girls, you know how wonderful the feeling is when you bite into a slice of cheesecake. Where do you go to find true New York cheesecake that’s imported from New York? Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen, of course. Smooth, creamy, and satisfying beyond belief, authentic cheesecake from New York will satisfy any craving, and it’s only natural that we observe this tasty treat on Sunday, July 30th, as this day happens to be National Cheesecake Day. While there’s never been a bad reason for enjoying a mouth-watering slice of cheesecake, this day literally sweetened the deal. 

Cheesecake at Russo's

Quite the Tasty History 

Believe it or not, there’s nothing new about cheesecake or the holiday in which we recognize just how amazing and delicious it is. As a treat, the earliest incarnations date back all the way to Ancient Greece in 200 A.D. The dish consisted of bread and soft cheese. As time waits for no one, the cheesecake eventually spreads throughout a variety of different lands, and variations of the desert soon follow. In Italy, the dish is made with Ricotta cheese, and in Germany and Poland, the dish is commonly referred to as a “Quark.” As for the day on which this tasty dish is celebrated, it was introduced in 1985. However, it wasn't until the advent of the internet and social media in the early 2000s that the dessert holiday finally got recognized by many different people. 

A Variety of Tastes 

In this day and age, there are many different versions of cheesecake that are served to hungry diners in a variety of different ways. The most common is cheesecake served with cherries and sauce, though some of the more decadent options consist of chocolate, peanut butter, and other toppings. In recent years, vegan-friendly cheesecake options have been introduced with non-dairy cheeses, allowing people who abstain from animal products to gorge and be happy. 

Russo’s New York Pizzeria in The Woodlands

Be it cheesecake or pizza, we’re always happy to have customers come in and enjoy a slice or two. If you’re looking for the very best in authentic Italian cuisine, look no further. Russo's New York Pizzeria can be found at 3335 College Park Drive, Suite 300, The Woodlands or you can call us at 936-273-6060.

You would certainly have a difficult task finding someone who doesn’t like pizza. After all, it’s one of the most popular food items in the United States, with each region preparing it in its own special way. And like many other plentiful and fulfilling meals, you occasionally have leftovers. And while some are huge fans of having cold pizza first thing in the morning, others are much happier reheating them to replicate the pizzeria experience. But which way works best? We hope to answer this question today. 

Russo's Pizza

Air Fryer 

Air frying has become quite popular in recent years as it cooks food by circulating hot air and is a wonderful way to save time. Placing the pizza in an air fryer for three to five minutes at 350 degrees is a quick way to accomplish the task at hand. 


Many pizzeria aficionados attest to this being the best method for reheating pizza. Similar to the air fryer, it’s recommended that you cook the pizza at a temperature of 350 degrees. Times vary, but your pizza should be good and ready in approximately ten minutes on average. And, if you’re looking to make that crust a little more crispy, olive oil is a good thing to add before placing it in the oven to cook. 


While not as common as some of the other methods on our list, some have taken to reheating their pizza on the stovetop. It allows more control over how much the pizza is cooked and will allow you to avoid the mistake of overheating it. If you want to moisturize your reheated leftovers, add a few drops of water to the skillet or frying pan beforehand. 


While this method might be the most commonly known, it’s also the ideal quick fix if you don't have time to wait. The trick to reheating pizza in the microwave is understanding how powerful your microwave is. Cooking times vary, but on average, a slice of pizza can be hot and ready for consumption within the span of one minute. 

Russo’s New York Pizzeria 

While the best way to reheat a pizza is subjective, at Russo’s, we certainly hope it’s one of ours. Serving up the best toppings and taste, we’re always happy to make your pie exactly how you want it. Visit us today at 3335 College Park #300 in The Woodlands.

It’s a well-known fact that Italian cuisine is beloved the world over. And like so many delicacies that are enjoyed by individuals from all walks of life, pairing the perfect glass of wine becomes essential for any special occasion. Today, we’ll present this guide that will allow you to pair both items together perfectly. 

Pizza and Wine at Russo's


Many Italian dishes contain pasta. As such, learning how to pair the right wine becomes essential. If you’re having a fish, such as Fettuccine Alfredo, or something that’s served with white sauce, a white wine, such as Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio, is usually the best choice. A chianti or merlot will pair exceptionally well if you’re having a pasta dish served with red sauce, such as spaghetti. 


Here in America, we load up our pizzas with a wide array of different toppings. In Italy, pizza is made with fewer ingredients, and the simplistic offerings, such as the Neopalotin and Margherita, are usually paired with a chardonnay. 


Garfield’s favorite dish is one of the most popular in Italian cuisine. With multiple filling layers and filling ingredients, a light-bodied wine makes the flavors stand out a bit more. Consider a zinfandel or rose wine to leave plenty of room for the meat, pasta, and cheese, and possibly leave enough room for dessert. 


Pairing the right wine with ravioli depends upon how the ravioli is served. While beef is the most common filling here in America, traditional Italian ravioli comes with various fillings. If your choice of filling is beef, a red wine such as a merlot will be ideal. Red wine also pairs well with mushroom ravioli, but cabernet sauvignon is preferred. Cheese ravioli, on the other hand, can be paired with either red or white wines, leaving a wide variety of options open. 

Russo’s New York Pizzeria in The Woodlands

Italian cuisine and wine always go together well. Another award-winning combination is cheese and sauce on top of a crust. And at Russo’s New York Pizzeria, that combination is our specialty. Come by and visit us at 3335 College Park Drive #300 in The Woodlands.

Have you ever met someone who doesn’t enjoy pizza? Of course not! Pizza is one dish that’s universally loved by all. And while pizza can be served in a variety of different methods with all sorts of different crusts and cheeses, the joy that many have about the dish involves the number of toppings that can be utilized to create a unique and personal taste. What are the most popular choices? We asked a panel of pizza-ologists to tell us which ones are ordered the most. 

Happy woman eating pizza slice

Pepperoni - This one certainly needs little in the way of an introduction. Pepperoni pizza is easily the most popular choice among diners. The thinly sliced sausage provides a slightly spicy kick that always pairs well with melted mozzarella. 

Pineapple - While this debate continues among many, pineapple remains a very popular topping to many. The cool, refreshing feeling of a cold pineapple chunk on a pizza when it first comes out of the oven is the closest thing to heaven. 

Sausage - Not everyone enjoys the mild spice of pepperoni, and sausage is one of the best meat protein alternatives. Served mild, sweet, or hot sausage on a slice is a one-way ticket to a meat-lovers paradise. 

Peppers & Onions - While we’re technically sheathing with listing two toppings in one, peppers and onions are among the best toppings that people can’t get enough of. And we have a theory as to why. The sweetness of the onions and the cool moisture commonly found in bell peppers is a combination that melds with cheese almost too perfectly. 

Jalapenos - While not as common in some circles as others, many diners have taken a fondness for these hot little peppers on their pizza. Providing a jolt to your tastebuds, jalapenos are a great addition to almost any pizza. Just remember to keep a glass of water nearby! 

Mushrooms - Usually served in conjunction with various meats and peppers, mushrooms have long been a popular pizza choice. For those who are more health-conscious than others, many enjoy pairing mushrooms with spinach for a taste that’s big on nutrition. 

Russo’s New York Pizzeria 

While opinions on toppings tend to differ from person to person, there’s never a wrong way to enjoy a pizza. And here’s Russo’s, we’ve got experienced hands that can craft the perfect pizza just for you. Come by and see us at 3335 College Park Drive, Suite 300 in The Woodlands.

Deciding where to go on the first date can be a tough choice to make, which is why we’re here to answer the dilemma once and for all. The best choice for your first meeting is simple–pizza. And we’re here to explain why. 

Woman Enjoying Eating Pizza at Russo's in The Woodlands

Universally Adored by All

Pizza is one of the most popular choices for food across the continental United States. There’s a good reason for that–between all of the pizza parties you had in school to the gourmet offerings that several specialty shops have to offer, it’s something we’re accustomed to and have grown up enjoying. No matter who you might be taking out to impress, pizza is one option that is always a crowd pleaser that wins anyone over. 

Affordable on Any Budget 

Whether you and your date have agreed to split the cost of the meal in question or you’re footing the bill, pizza is easily affordable for either situation. Even if you decide to go all-out with toppings and appetizers, you can most likely still keep things under budget and affordable. 

Viva Variety! 

There’s a good chance that you and your date have instant chemistry and love the same music, films, books, and other activities. However, what foods you two gravitate towards might be quite different from one another. Fear not. Because of how customizable it is, you can come to an agreement on preparation and toppings that can suit both your wants and needs. 

Casual Food for a Casual Meeting 

The first date should be a relaxing occasion. After all, the two of you are getting to know one another a little bit better, and there’s no need to go all out at a formal location. Pizza can be eaten at a relaxing location such as a park, eatery, or even at your own dinner table. It’s the perfect meal for a relaxed setting and the ideal choice for a first date. 

At Russo’s, we specialize in the wonderful world that one finds in between crust, sauce, cheese, and individual toppings of their choice. Come by and visit us for an amazing first date at Russo's New York Pizzeria in The Woodlands, located at 3335 College Park Drive, #300.

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