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OUTSIDER’S GUIDE TO MEMPHIS’ TOP RESTAURANTS: RUSSO’S NEW YORK PIZZERIA
September 7, 2010
Eighth in the “Outsider’s Guide to Memphis Restaurant” series-A guide to the best restaurants Memphis has to offer. This article will give you insight into one of the best pizza restaurants you’ll find in Memphis, Tennessee.
How I came to find Russo’s New York Pizzeria: When my family and I first arrived to Memphis, my neighbor gave us a list of Memphis restaurants that he and his wife recommended. At the top of the list of recommended Memphis pizza restaurants was Russo’s New York Pizzeria. Shortly after we visited Memphis Pizza Café (see my other article), we decided to visit Russo’s, in Germantown, TN.
First impression: Russo’s of Germantown is located in a high-end strip mall location, just off Poplar Pike, near Collierville. We decided to sit outside, since it was a beautiful Memphis evening. The restaurant was clean, had a lively atmosphere, and looked busy. Our waiter was prompt, attentive, and had our drink order to us within five minutes of our being seated.
Food: We ordered our kids’ meals (my son had a pizza slice, and our twins had pasta), which also come with a soft drink and ice cream. My wife and I decided to have the large Greek pizza. Since Russo’s serves Ghost River beer (try the Glacial Pale Ale), we decided to have one or two while waiting. After about fifteen minutes, the pizza came out, and was delicious. Russo’s serves a standard 16” pizza, loaded with olives, mozzarella cheese, feta cheese, spinach, and roma tomatoes.
Overall: My family loved Russo’s atmosphere, and being able to eat pizza outside, although the indoor dining area looked inviting. Our waiter was very attentive and responsive. I especially liked the fact that Russo’s serves good beer. If you are looking for Memphis pizza, then Russo’s New York Pizzeria of Germantown is definitely one of the best places to eat in Memphis, Tennessee.