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Russo’s New York Pizzeria Opens 20th Houston Unit

Russo’s New York Pizzeria, the fast-casual Italian restaurant, recently opened at The Shops at 3 Corners, 8236 Kirby Dr., Suite 160, in Houston.

Local resident Asif Malik, an experienced hospitality industry entrepreneur, opened the Russo’s New York Pizzeria location directly adjacent to NRG Stadium to serve local residents, businesses, and thousands of hungry football fans.

Russo’s Targets Houston for Growth

Russo’s Restaurants, the family of dining concepts that includes Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, announced plans to enhance the brands’ footprint in Houston and surrounding areas.

Demonstrating the excitement around both brands, Russo’s opened the company’s first location in Conroe, Texas, in July. An additional 10–12 restaurants will open this year in key Texas markets like Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. Currently, there are 25 Russo’s Restaurants in development.

Russo's NY Pizzeria Releases Gluten-Free Frozen Pizzas

Pizza lovers everywhere can now get a slice of Chef Anthony Russo’s famous New York-style pizza with his new line of frozen gluten-free pizzas.

Since the gluten-free pizzas were first introduced at many of the 28 Russo’s NY Pizzeria locations, customers have been calling out for more. Chef Anthony is now excited to announce that his pizzas will soon be available to grocers nationwide.

Flex Casual: The Best of Both Worlds

Consumers today have an abundance of restaurant choices, and to stay competitive, quick-service operators must develop innovative strategies to remain profitable.

Some operators have found that they can attract more customers by operating as flex-casual concepts, offering quick service by day and table service by night.

Austin, Texas–based Pan-Asian eatery Mama Fu’s is one of them. When Randy Murphy, president and CEO, joined the company six years ago, he noticed a drop in sales after lunch and wanted to find a way to close the gap in profits.

One to Watch: Russo’s New York Pizzeria

When asked what makes Russo’s New York Pizzeria stand out from the competition, CEO Anthony Russo says without hesitation: “The right ingredients.”

“Our product is totally different because our sauce is made differently,” Russo says. “Other chains use prepared sauce. We make our own sauce, and to do that you have to use the good tomatoes, fresh garlic, fresh basil, and good olive oil so that when you cook the pizza, the flavors of the herbs in the sauce come out.”

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