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April 8, 2013

Russo's New York Pizzeria has arrived. Now, Dubai residents can savor the tastes, aromas and unmistakable ambiance of an authentic New York-style pizzeria.

Serving the largest pizza in Dubai, the XL 28-Inch Party Pizza, Russo's New York Pizzeria recently opened at Jumeirah Center Dubai- Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, Dubai.

"Right from the moment customers walk in they know they've come somewhere special. They're getting a true 'slice' of New York," said Nawwaf Ghobash, Director of UAE-based Ghobash Trading & Investment, which operates the Russo's New York Pizzeria in the UAE under Prime Hospitality.

"Everything is made from fresh ingredients. From the giant slices of pizza and the calzones to the pasta, these are traditional Italian dishes served just the way our guests would expect," he added.

The restaurant is celebrated its arrival in Dubai with a Grand Opening event that Chef Anthony, the founder of Russo's New York Pizzeria, hosted.

The award-winning Russo's New York Pizzeria experience was on full display with wide variety of hand-tossed pizzas and a collection of the brand's specialty menu items. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony preceded the event.

The Dubai restaurant is the first Russo's New York Pizzeria to open outside of the United States of America. Additional pizzerias will open in Al Wahda Mall Extension in Abu Dhabi (April 2013) and Sahara Centre Extension in Sharjah (May 2013).

The expansion of Russo's New York Pizzeria into the United Arab Emirates signals the start of significant international franchise growth for the brand throughout the Middle East. Restaurants are also slated to open in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Doha, Qatar, Kuwait City, Kuwait and Manama, Bahrain.

"Opening in Dubai is a momentous occasion for Russo's New York Pizzeria," said Anthony Russo, a formally trained chef who opened his first Russo's New York Pizzeria in 1992.

"There is nowhere else we'd rather bring our first restaurant outside of the United States than right here in the UAE where people demand the best. Russo's New York Pizzeria delivers on its promise to serve the best New York pizza ever made," he added.

Russo's New York Pizzeria and its traditional Italian recipes trace their origins to a tight-knit family where the kitchen was the center of all activity. As a young child, Anthony helped his grandmother in the kitchen and by the age of 12 Anthony was learning authentic Italian recipes.

Earning the Chef's distinction as an 18-year-old, Anthony honed his skills as a culinary expert working in his parent's fine Italian restaurant and then opened his own pizzeria while still a young man. Since those early days, Chef Anthony has opened several high-performing fine dining and casual Italian restaurants.

Beyond the brand's specialty pizzas, menu items include fresh salads (Insalata), soups (Zuppe) and homemade pastas.

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