Russo's New York Pizzeria Mostly Delivers with Dinner Delivery

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Photos by Christina Uticone
My hands were steady, his were shaking with hunger as I urged, "Just one more photo!"
My husband and I live in a food delivery no-man's land -- we always seem to be "just outside" of the delivery area for many restaurants. A couple of weeks ago -- starving, and with a refrigerator full of pepperoncini and expired eggs -- we hit the Internet, hoping to find a pizza delivery. We happened upon Russo's New York Pizzeria, whose Midtown location delivered in our area. Score! Hopefully.

(Side note: Star does deliver to our house, as does Luigi's, but sometimes you just want to see what else is out there, you know?)

We did that thing where you are absolutely starving and order everything on the menu that looks good: flatbread pomodoro with tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and basil ($7.95); cucumber salad with roma tomatoes, feta, olives, red onions, garlic, and olive oil ($6.95); margherita pizza (from the specialty menu) with pepperoni ($19.95); gnocchi Bolognese ($10.95). We figured, what the hell? With that much food, something has got to be good, right?

The flatbread is fluffy but light, and the tomatoes were quite juicy and delicious.
Right! First, we are well aware that this was an obscene amount of food, but my husband was getting on a plane at 4 a.m. the next morning, and I knew this would be lunch -- and let's face it, dinner -- for the next day, too. So healthy, I know. I'm still paying for this meal, calorically.

The first thing we noticed when we opened the pizza box was the oil -- there is a lot of oil on this pie. I know it says "extra virgin olive oil" in the description on the menu, but wow -- OIL. And did I mention garlic? Because GARLIC. The thinness of the slices was pleasing, but between the oil and the time spent in the box during delivery, the crust was quite soggy. The flavors were great; the fresh basil and tomatoes cut through the richness of the cheese and oil. And as strong as the smell of garlic was, the taste was not overpowering. (Keep in mind I have a high tolerance for garlic.) I don't think this pie held up well with delivery, but I would order it again if I went in to Russo's and sat down for dinner. The New York-style brick oven pizzas don't seem to include oil as a main component, so that might be a better option for delivery.

I really enjoyed the flatbread, which was well-seasoned with Italian herbs, and liberally sprinkled with parmesan cheese. I dredged that bread through the gnocchi sauce, which was much spicier than I had anticipated. The gnocchi were definitely not my grandmother's, but they were not the awful gummy mess I have come to expect from most casual restaurants. Russo's gnocchi were of decent texture, and the sauce was very, very tasty -- to be honest, it tasted more like a spicy red pepper sauce than a Bolognese to me, but that's fine because I prefer vegetable-heavy sauces.

Plenty of feta and olives -- the hallmark of a healthy salad.
We didn't even get around to the cucumber salad, which I ate the next day for lunch along with leftover flatbread. You can't really go wrong with feta/cucumber/tomato/olive/bread combos, and I love any salad that goes light (or omits) lettuce.

I'm intrigued enough to want to actually go to Russo's and sit down for a meal. We ordered from the Midtown location, but does anyone have a preference from the four 22 Russo's in Houston? We'd love to know your favorite, and why.

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Location Info



Luigi's Pizzeria

3700 Almeda, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Russo's New York Pizzeria

306 Gray St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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April Wachtel-Lundy
April Wachtel-Lundy

I found Russo's for myself a little over a year ago, and absolutely love their lunch by the slice... Pure New York! Ordered the party pizzas for a teenagers birthday, and I can say that 16 yr old boys can polish one of those off with a quickness... Glad I got TWO!

WestSideBob topcommenter

For those on the WeSi ... I've been a big supporter of Pizaro's, but you really have to dine in to get the full effect of the Napalese pie.  This past weekend, a bud ordered a pie from Napoli's on Memorial.  It was a Margherita de Napoli.  As one young lady opined ... "That's the best pizza I've ever had."  Gotta admit .. .it was awsome.


Trade ya! I have Domino's, Pizza Hut and 888. (;


You live in a delivery no-man's land, but Star and Luigi's deliver to your home? The only pizza places that will deliver to my house in Eado are Domino's and Pizza Hut. I am so jealous of you right now. I can't believe that Star delivers to your home and you are complaining! 


 @WestSideBob Napoli is delicious.  Lunch slice and salad special is a bargain too.

conebaby topcommenter

 @slumpville Pardon me, for wanting more than two choices; both pizza at that. Sheesh!


@conebaby  @slumpville  does ponzo's deliver to your location?  When I worked downtown, I'd definitely take down some pepperoni rolls from that spot.

conebaby topcommenter

 @PM..  @slumpville Wow, we are literally RIGHT on the edge. I'd have to call to check. Thanks again for the suggestion.


 @PM..  @conebaby Aw, I got all excited but I am out of the range of their delivery map. Thanks for the tip anyway. Awful kind of you. 

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