Chances are, you don’t need us to “sell you” on how wonderful pizza is. It speaks well enough for itself.

Then again, many of our patrons want to know what’s the best way to pair authentic NY-style pizza with our traditional pasta dishes. Those two go together like a hand and glove, assuming you know how to match the most appropriate toppings, seasonings, sauces, and so forth. While there’s no wrong way to approach this, check out this quick guide on how to do so, like a pro, with Russo’s.

Best Pizza & Pasta Combinations

  1. Margherita Pizza & Spaghetti Carbonara - The white pizza goes well with this pasta selection because of its perfect synthesis of Prosciutto, red onions, and creamy Romano sauce. If, instead, you prefer a stronger contrast between items, consider mixing the Margherita pizza with a marinara-sauce pasta, like Jumbo Cheese Ravioli.
  2. Doppio Pepperoni Pizza & Baked Ziti - This is a satiating and savory option for the hungriest meat lovers. Besides Doppio Pepperoni, we have other meat-topping pizzas, such as Italian Works or Mulberry. Alternatively, you might mix one of these with some of our rich, authentic, layered Lasagna.
  3. Hawaiian Pizza & Fettuccine Alfredo - Hawaiian pizza features Canadian bacon and pineapple, which lend themselves towards a creamier sauce. You’ll find no better version than Russo's patented Pecorino Romano sauce, combined with a delicious slice of Hawaiian pizza.
  4. Pizza Toscana & Truffle Mushroom Campanelle - Here’s the way to go if you seek to maximize your mushroom experience when you’re with us. By “Pizza Toscana,” we refer to our selections that feature healthy truffles, fresh arugula, Sicilian extra-virgin-olive-oil, and balsamic glaze. It’s a truly Mediterranean way to enjoy pizza and pasta.

This, of course, only scratches the surface of the many fun ways to mix pizza and pasta. Since we offer such an extensive dine-in menu, there are also several other ways to complement your pizza whenever you order online or visit Russo’s.

We Have Several Other Dishes to Mix w/ Pizza

Perhaps you’re not in the mood for pasta right now. Did you know there are several other flavorful foods you can pair with our savory selections?

These are just a few suggestions . . . 

If you’re still stuck trying to match appetizers, entrees, and pizzas, then feel free to reach your friends at Russo’s New York Pizzeria - The Woodlands for more ideas. Our staff is always ready to offer suggestions.
Contact us today to order authentic NY pizza and pasta by calling our location at 936-273-6060.

Holiday celebrations are special occasions that bring friends and family together to create lasting memories. The essence of these gatherings lies in the shared moments of joy, gratitude, and togetherness. 

However, hosting a successful holiday event can be a daunting task, often fraught with many responsibilities, including menu planning, preparation, and serving. In this article, we will delve into the concept of catering for holiday celebrations and explore how it can significantly enhance the overall experience.

Why Catering Matters for Holiday Celebrations

The significance of catering for holiday celebrations extends beyond mere convenience, offering a professional touch, a diverse menu, and a stress-free hosting experience.

Convenience and Time-Saving Aspect

Catering for your holiday event offers the ultimate convenience, allowing you to focus on enjoying the festivities and spending quality time with your loved ones. The burden of shopping for ingredients, preparing meals, and cleaning up afterward is lifted from your shoulders. Instead, a professional team takes care of these tasks, leaving you stress-free and able to partake in the festivities fully.

The Professional Touch

Experienced caterers bring professionalism to your holiday celebration that elevates the entire experience. Their expertise in food preparation and presentation ensures that every dish is a masterpiece. The attention to detail in food quality, flavor, and aesthetics leaves a lasting impression on your guests, making your event memorable.

Variety of Menu Options

Catering services offer a wide array of menu options that cater to diverse tastes and preferences. Whether your guests have a penchant for traditional holiday dishes, international cuisine, or dietary restrictions, a caterer can create a tailored menu that pleases everyone. This variety ensures that your holiday celebration is a culinary adventure for all.

Reduction of Stress for Hosts

The pressure of hosting a holiday event can be overwhelming. Catering lets you relax and enjoy the party as much as your guests. The caterer takes care of all the culinary aspects, including preparation, serving, and clean-up, allowing you to be a gracious host and enjoy the holiday cheer without the burden of cooking and serving.

Catering from Russo's in The Woodlands

Choosing the Right Caterer

Selecting the right caterer is a crucial decision that can make or break your holiday celebration. Here are some key considerations to keep in mind:

Planning Your Holiday Menu

Once you've chosen a caterer, the next step is to plan your holiday menu. Collaborate with the catering team to create a menu that suits your event and guests. Here are some important considerations:

The Importance of Menu Planning

Menu planning is a fundamental aspect of catering for a holiday celebration. It lets you choose the dishes that resonate with your guests and the occasion. Collaborate with the caterer to curate a menu that includes holiday classics, seasonal favorites, and perhaps some unique, crowd-pleasing options.

Customization Options

Caterers often offer a range of customization options. You can tailor your menu to accommodate dietary restrictions, allergies, and specific tastes. This ensures that everyone at your celebration can enjoy a delicious meal that suits their needs.

Suggestions for Popular Holiday Dishes

Consider incorporating popular holiday dishes into your menu, such as roasted turkey, honey-glazed ham, mashed potatoes, and stuffing. Include a selection of appetizers, sides, and desserts to create a well-rounded holiday feast. Don't forget to offer vegetarian and vegan options for those with dietary preferences.

Dietary Restrictions and Allergies

Catering for a diverse group of guests often means accommodating dietary restrictions and allergies. It's essential to address these concerns to ensure everyone can partake in the holiday celebration.

When working with your caterer, communicate any dietary restrictions or special requirements your guests may have. Whether gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, or vegan options, a professional catering service can adjust the menu to accommodate these needs.

Crafting the Perfect Holiday Celebration with Professional Catering

Catering is a valuable addition to your holiday celebration that can elevate the experience for both hosts and guests. Its convenience, professional touch, variety of menu options, and the relief it offers from the stress of cooking and serving make it a worthwhile investment. Choosing the right caterer, planning your holiday menu, and accommodating dietary restrictions are essential to ensure a successful celebration.

Are you ready to elevate your holiday celebrations effortlessly and enjoy a stress-free hosting experience? Russo's New York Pizzeria The Woodlands offers the perfect choice for your holiday catering needs. With our reputation for excellence, extensive experience, diverse menu options, and commitment to accommodating dietary preferences, we ensure a memorable and stress-free celebration. Trust in our professionalism, and let us elevate your holiday gathering. Call us today at 936-273-6060.

There’s a strong chance that you love pizza, and finding happiness between the crust, sauce, cheese, and various toppings is something that you enjoy even more. Pizza is perfect for just about any occasion and can instantaneously transport you to your very own happy place. Just as varied as the different combinations of toppings and cheeses to be found are the ways to devour your favorite slice. There are quite a few ways to do so, and today, we’re going to look at them. Which one are you? Read on to find out! 

Woman Eating Pizza

First, there’s the tried and true way of grabbing a slice, holding it by the bottom or by the crust, and digging in. This method is what commonly gets referred to as “the classic.” Of course, some people have taken this to a new level and choose to fold their slices to ensure that the tippings and cheese stay put. It’s sort of like making a pizza sandwich. 

Of course, not everyone wants to eat their slices by hand. (There’s nothing wrong with this.) In fact, you might be familiar with the 1980s action movie Cobra, where Sylvester Stallone actually used a pair of scissors to consume his pizza pie. Sometimes, a pizza is too hot to handle, or people want to get to the topping first. These people use a fork to scrape off the cheese and toppings and either eat them first or last, depending on their preference. 

While these methods are good enough for some, other diners like to add some extras to their pizza pies to accentuate the flavor and bring out the most of their dining experience. Some diners love the chance to accentuate their slices with dipping sauces such as ranch or blue cheese, and we call this maneuver “the big dipper.” Still, there are other ways in which maximum flavor can be reached. Some enjoy dowsing their slices with parmesan or crushed red pepper, maybe even a generous serving of Tobasco to give it that extra kick. We affectionately refer to these people as “dousers.” 

There’s No Right or Wrong Way at Russo’s New York Pizzeria 

No matter how you choose to eat your pizza, you’ll always find the best pies made right here at Russo’s New York Pizzeria in The Woodlands. From pies to other offerings of Italian authenticity, there’s never a bad time to dine. Visit us today at 3335 College Park Drive, Suite 300, in The Woodlands, or call 936-273-6060 for delivery or takeout.

Here at Russo’s New York Pizzeria, we believe our pizzas are a sign of perfection. Of course, don't just take our word for it. Just read one of the many glowing reviews that help reinforce this fact. That said, what is it that makes an excellent pizza? How does one determine excellence?


Any architect will tell you that the perfect building, no matter what it might be, all begins with the foundation. Well, pizzas are built in a similar way; only the foundation consists of a tasty crust. Thin, thick, or stuffed, everyone has their preference for how they like their pizza crust prepared. A good pizza crust is one of the most essential pieces of a perfect pizza. It’s what holds the sauce, cheese, and toppings together and should never detract from the other flavors on the perfect pie. 


Just as the crust shouldn't detract or overpower the other flavors of the ideal pizza, balance, and portions are key to constructing the perfect pizza. Crust, sauce, cheese, and toppings should all be portioned just right to create an award-winning combination that will win you over every time you dig in. Too much sauce makes a pizza messy, too little cheese robs flavor, and too thick a crust will fill you up too soon, leaving the experience underwhelming, to say the least. An experienced pizza chef knows how much and how little to use. 


One thing that many people love about pizza is how much they get to customize it. Toppings are varied and vast, but you should always consider their quality before taking a bite. Fresh toppings that have been properly refrigerated and not frozen make a sizable impact on taste. Trust us, at Russo’s, our toppings are always fresh to ensure our Pizza’s are of the highest quality. 


 When we were young, we were always told never to judge anything by appearances alone. That said, you can sometimes determine the quality of a restaurant by how the location presents itself and how the employees conduct themselves. If a location looks unappetizing, then there’s a very good chance that their food is as well. This is why you should stop by Russo’s New York Pizzeria for a slice in our Woodlands location. Life’s far too short to eat bad pizza...

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.

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