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RESTAURANT REVIEW: RUSSO'S NEW YORK PIZZERIA

July 23, 2013

Chynna Foucek


As a native New Yorker, and previous fan of authentic Bronx pizza (before I was diagnosed with celiac disease, of course), I've come to realize that it's incredibly difficult to master the art of gluten-free pizza making. Thin crust pizza is especially challenging, and I don't think that I have ever seen a slice of gluten-free pizza with that air bubble characteristic of a 'glutened' slice. And, while I am not only plagued by the endless search to find a delicious gluten-free thin crust pizza, I also spend eleven months out of the year in Houston, Texas, quite a distance away from New York.


Russo's New York Pizzeria, however, helped bring a slice of gluten-free, New York-style pizza to Houston! I had heard of Russo's gluten-free options during the Celiac Expo I attended in June, and decided that a Friday evening would be the perfect time to try some of their dishes. My friend and I decided to reward ourselves for surviving the hectic workweek, and visited Russo's Galleria Area location, located on Westheimer Road.


We sampled a pasta dish and specialty pizza! Both were gluten-free of course! Here is my review of both dishes:

Pizza: New York Village


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The New York Village Pizza was topped with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, olives, peppers, Canadian bacon, hamburger meat, and mozzarella cheese! I particularly enjoyed the taste and texture of the crust; it was the perfect combination of thin and crispy. The toppings were yummy as well. So far, this is probably the best gluten-free pizza I have tasted in restaurants!


Pasta: Baked Ziti


I thought Russo's did a fantastic job with their pasta dish! The gluten-free pasta maintained its structure, did not break, and had a flavor that matched well with the cheese and sauce. Next time I venture to Russo's I'll definitely be more adventurous and try a "less traditional" pasta dish; however, this gave me a great opportunity to evaluate the mechanics of this gluten-free dish.


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Overall, Russo's did a fantastic job with their gluten-free options! Personally, I think that gluten-free appetizer options would add to the overall dining experience. Something like gluten-free mozzarella sticks, or soft breadsticks would complement the rest of the meal perfectly.


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