Reviews & Editorials

 AMEinfo.com Logo

First UAE location for Russo's New York Pizzeria confirmed to open

Author: AMEinfo.com

Posted: Mon, 1 Apr 2013 02:04 AM


Anthony Russo, owner of the award-winning Russo's New York Pizzeria and Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, recently announced expansion into the UAE after awarding exclusive UAE territory rights to Dubai based Prime Hospitality, a division of Ghobash Trading and Investment Company.

General Manager for Prime Hospitality, Murad Alnasur, has now confirmed signing the lease for the first three Russo's New York Pizzeria locations which are set to open this fall in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

The first opening is scheduled late October in Jumeirah Centre on Jumeirah Beach Road in Dubai, followed by the Abu Dhabi location which will be opening in November at the Gourmet Republic section of the newly renovated Al Wahda Mall.

Russo's New York Pizzeria will also be opening at the new extension of Sahara Mall in Sharjah late this year.

The first Russo's Coal Fired Italian Kitchen, the up-market concept by the same chain, is planned to open in Dubai next year, but no location is confirmed as of yet. "We have looked at a number of locations and found that landlords are happy to have us, however it is not a matter of opening as soon as we can, it's a matter of finding the right locations," Murad Alnassur said. "We have a very premium brand here, it is not a cookie-cutter concept, every build-out will be customized to fit each specific location."

"The focus is not on quantity, but on quality; at Russo's it's all about the passion for food, it's not about growing a chain as fast as they can. Every Russo's that has opened its doors is still in business, and very successful, Anthony and his team take a great pride in this and Prime Hospitality is committed to continue the same; at the end of the day the customer will taste and experience the difference," said Alnasur.

Russo's offers Authentic Italian food passed through generations from Russo's family. It also features a coal-fired oven for baking their pizzas. According to Chef Anthony Russo what distinguishes a coal-fired oven from a wood-burning or a gas-fired oven is the coal oven's intense heat. "Coal just takes the flavor up a notch and truly separates us from the competition! When paired with the freshest ingredients and our homemade dough and sauce, it's absolutely delicious."

At their current locations in the USA, Russo's succeeded in turning a very discerning clientele into loyal customers; and has received many awards thanks to its combination of real New York-style pizza, authentic Italian food and a sophisticated, yet warm and inviting, design at each restaurant.

The March 2010 issue of ''every day with Rachael Ray'' magazine featured a search for America's best pizza and Russo's Coal-fired Italian Kitchen pizza made the cut! Other awards received include 'Best Pizza' in Houston, 'Best Calzone' in Dallas and 'Top 120 restaurant franchise' by US published Entrepreneur magazine.

Known for his authentic Italian cuisine, characterized by premium all natural ingredients and regional influences, Russo personally stands behind the Russo family standards and devotion to quality. "We work directly with dairy farms, flour mills, tomato growers and an olive oil producer," says Russo. "And are getting our products direct from the source. No matter where on the globe our restaurants are located, all will have the exact same high quality products." The menu also offers great options for the more health conscious consumer carrying a gluten free pizza option and multi-grain pasta choices.

"Upon returning from my trip to Houston last Summer and sampling the food first hand, I am convinced Russo's is going to change the way people think about pizza as such great quality is not found in this region," Alnasur finishes by saying, "We are proud of our partnership with the Russo's family and looking forward to making their food available for our guests in the region. Also, owners of prime locations will surely see the value of the brand once launched."




Pizza News

Middleastexpat Logo

Russo's New York Pizzeria - Middleastexpat

Middleastexpat

March 30, 2014

Dubai Media Inc Logo

Anthony in the Studio One TV show - Dubai Meia

Dubai Media Inc

February 20, 2014

http://www.myfoxdfw.com Logo

Deal or Dud - Air Fryer

http://www.myfoxdfw.com

February 19, 2014

FSR Magazine Logo

Making Brunch Profitable

FSR Magazine

February 10, 2014

Tulsa World Logo

Review : Russo's at Tuscany on Yale in Tulsa

Tulsa World

October 3, 2013

Abu Dhabi Week Logo

Slice of the Big Apple

Abu Dhabi Week

September 9, 2013

Chynna Foucek Logo

Restaurant Review: Russo's New York Pizzeria

Chynna Foucek

July 23, 2013

Houston Business Journal Logo

Face to Face with Anthony Russo of Russo's New York Pizzeria

Houston Business Journal

June 4, 2013

QSR Magazine Logo

One to Watch: Russo's New York Pizzeria

QSR Magazine

May 9, 2013

Gillian Duncan - The National UAE Logo

Texas-sized slice of New York for UAE

Gillian Duncan - The National UAE

April 5, 2013

Houston Chronicle Logo

So what's your favorite Houston pizza?

Houston Chronicle

March 21, 2013

PMQ Magazine Logo

Product Spotlight : Gluten-Free Sweets

PMQ Magazine

December 5, 2012

KHOU Great Day Houston Logo

Chef Anthony Russo Demonstrates How to Make Pumpkin Pizza

KHOU Great Day Houston

November 16, 2012

QSR Magazine Logo

Flex Casual: The Best of Both Worlds

QSR Magazine

November 16, 2012

Crain's New York Business Logo

Fro-yo, burger joints turn out for franchise expo

Crain's New York Business

November 16, 2012

Arkansas Business Logo

Group Opens Russo's : Little Rock or Jacksonville?

Arkansas Business

November 16, 2012

TradeArabia News Service Logo

Top US pizza brand debuts in UAE

TradeArabia News Service

August 31, 2012

Andy Scott - CPI Financial Logo

Russo's New York Pizzeria wants a pizza of the UAE action

Andy Scott - CPI Financial

August 31, 2012

Restaurant News Logo

Russo’s Brand Celebrates 20 Years of Success

Restaurant News

August 26, 2012

Angie's Big Love of Food Logo

Russo's New York Pizzeria - Memphis, TN

Angie's Big Love of Food

May 17, 2012

Celiac Sprue Association Logo

Russo’s New York Pizzeria earnes CSA Recognition Seal

Celiac Sprue Association

April 2, 2012

Grocery Headquarters Logo

Russo’s New York Pizzeria Bites Into Gluten-Free Pizza Line

Grocery Headquarters

February 13, 2012

Franchising.com Logo

Russo’s Has Appetite for Expansion

Franchising.com

January 13, 2012

Nation's Restaurant News Logo

Flex-casual format gains popularity

Nation's Restaurant News

January 12, 2012

QSR Magazine Logo

Treat Customers Like Your Boss' Family

QSR Magazine

January 8, 2012

Pizza Today Logo

5 Questions with Chef Anthony Russo

Pizza Today

January 6, 2012

Houston Chronicle Logo

Brick ovens heat up franchise sales for restaurant

Houston Chronicle

January 2, 2012

Houston Press Logo

Can One Person Eat a 28-Inch Pizza In an Hour?

Houston Press

October 25, 2011

Ron Ruggless Logo

Q&A: Chef Anthony Russo

Ron Ruggless

August 20, 2011

ArkansasBusiness.com Logo

Russo's Italian Kitchen Coming to Conway

ArkansasBusiness.com

August 8, 2011

Pizza Marketplace Logo

Bringing New York slices to Texas and beyond

Pizza Marketplace

July 25, 2011

Dallas Business Journal Logo

Russo's looks for Dallas expansion

Dallas Business Journal

July 20, 2011

ArabianBusiness.com Logo

US pizza firm eyes major Gulf region expansion

ArabianBusiness.com

June 7, 2011

Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine Logo

Russo's New York Pizza Debuts in Dubai

Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine

June 7, 2011

Franchisee Satisfation Awards Logo

2011 Top Franchise - Russo's New York Pizzeria

Franchisee Satisfation Awards

April 13, 2011

Entrepreneur Magazine Logo

Russo's New York Pizzeria rated Top 2011 Franchise

Entrepreneur Magazine

April 7, 2011

Franchisee Satisfation Awards Logo

Franchisee Satisfation Awards - 2011 Honoree

Franchisee Satisfation Awards

March 23, 2011

TradeArabia News Service Logo

New York pizza firm for Gulfood Dubai

TradeArabia News Service

January 29, 2011

Jay Gambino Esparza Logo

I was in Texas eating a real NY pizza!

Jay Gambino Esparza

December 14, 2010

Marketing Successories Logo

Russo’s New York Ready to Cover the World

Marketing Successories

April 12, 2010

Houston Chronicle Logo

Houston pizza goes to Las Vegas — and China

Houston Chronicle

April 8, 2010

Chain Leader Logo

Russo's New York Pizza Honored by Rachel Ray

Chain Leader

March 10, 2010

QSR Magazine Logo

Russo's New York Pizzeria Owner To Visit U.A.E.

QSR Magazine

February 10, 2010

Click2Houston Logo

2009 Nominee... Best Pizza in Houston Contest

Click2Houston

January 25, 2010

QSR Magazine Online Logo

Italian Concept Wants Healthy Hearts

QSR Magazine Online

January 20, 2010

Entrepreneur Magazine Logo

Entrepreneur Magazine Recognizes Russo's New York Pizzeria

Entrepreneur Magazine

January 8, 2010

Houston Community Newspapers Logo

Sienna couple open new Missouri City pizzeria

Houston Community Newspapers

November 3, 2009

Zagat Survey Logo

Dear Anthony,

Zagat Survey

October 27, 2009

Herald-Voice Logo

New York Pizzeria

Herald-Voice

October 27, 2009

Citysearch Logo

Best of Citysearch: Houston Restaurants

Citysearch

October 27, 2009

AOL CityGuide Logo

AOL Best Pizza 2007: New York Pizzeria

AOL CityGuide

October 27, 2009

U.S. Local Business Association Logo

2008 Houston Award - Best Pizza

U.S. Local Business Association

October 27, 2009

Cook's Tour: Alison Cook Logo

My Russo's Coal-Fired Pizza pix : Pure Torment

Cook's Tour: Alison Cook

August 19, 2008

Pizza Today Logo

Top 100 Pizza Companies 2008

Pizza Today

July 8, 2008