November 19, 2018

San Antonio location headed by Chef Russo celebrates with new menu items

SAN ANTONIO, TX – Russo’s New York Pizzeria, the only authentic New York-style, Italian restaurant and pizzeria franchise concept, is excited to announce new corporate ownership of Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen at The Rim in San Antonio. Head Chef and CEO Anthony Russo recently acquired the location and is planning to bring 5 – 10 new locations to the area by end of 2019, the restaurant will also serve as the flagship training location for the region.

“We are thrilled to have The Rim location under our corporate umbrella,” said Chef Anthony Russo, Head Chef and CEO behind the brand. “With seven corporate Russo’s locations in Texas, we are excited to be bringing brand new menu items to our San Antonio store.”

Blending the simplicity of a pizzeria with the freshness of an upscale Italian restaurant, Russo’s delivers a chef-driven dining experience using Russo’s family recipes since 1978. At 3,500 square-feet, The Rim location offers gourmet pizzas cooked in an authentic coal-fired pizza oven and Italian fare, including homemade pappardelle pasta, meatballs, sausage and house made fresh mozzarella. The location features an indoor/outdoor patio, full bar, catering, and delivery to residents and businesses.

Russo’s is passionate about menu innovation. The restaurant has launched 12 new menu items including six new flatbread sandwiches. Some of the new menu items include:

  • Baby Artichoke Appetizer – Fresh Artichokes marinated in Sicilian extra virgin olive oil, garlic and lemon.
  • Truffle Mushroom Pizza – Fresh portabella mushrooms, Wisconsin mozzarella and truffle mushroom olive oil sauce, topped with fresh arugula.
  • Butternut Squash Gnocchi – Homemade butternut squash gnocchi served with Gorgonzola cheese sauce, topped with sun dried tomatoes.
  • Pasta Pescatori – Fresh Gulf shrimp, calamari, mussels and lobster, served with Pinot Grigio marinara sauce and topped with fresh basil.

Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen at The Rim will also be the brand’s first location to offer a brand new brunch menu on the weekends.

Russo’s New York Pizzeria is a unique pizza and Italian restaurant concept. Russo’s brings the old-fashioned Italian family recipes and the taste of Italy to the The Rim. The boasts an inviting open-kitchen concept to its 900 degree coal fired pizza oven creating the perfect crust texture. The upscale ambience is enhanced with an impressive wine bar and wine selection and also serves local brews and signature cocktails. There is no better place in San Antonio to enjoy brunch, lunch, happy hour or a nice Italian dinner.

Russo’s hand rolls and proofs its pizza dough fresh each day and only uses flour that doesn’t contain any additives or preservatives. The restaurant makes its pappardelle and gnocchi pastas fresh, in-house, and only uses the finest, premium ingredients. Russo’s incorporates vine ripened tomatoes from California, olive oil imported from Sicily, and authentic Italian spices in its signature sauces. A selection of Gluten Free pastas and pizzas are also available.

Lunch specials at the restaurant begin at $9.95 with an assortment of delicious pasta bowls that are coupled with a fresh side salad topped with homemade signature dressings made only at Russo’s.

Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen at The Rim is located at 17631 La Cantera Parkway. It is open for lunch, dinner, delivery and take out Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. For more information about the menu, delivery, takeout, catering, or to order online, please visit or call 210-561-7616.

About Russo’s Restaurants

Russo’s Restaurants is a national and international franchisor of the casual dining brand Russo’s New York Pizzeria. Based in Houston, Russo’s Restaurants is composed of a mix of corporate and franchised locations across Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Florida. Russo’s has entered international markets as well, with locations in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates. Chef Anthony Russo created Russo’s Restaurants by applying his unique, family recipes featuring New York-style pizza, handcrafted pasta dishes, calzones, salads, sandwiches, soups and desserts. At its heart, Russo’s Restaurants reflects Chef Anthony’s commitment to his New York roots where food and family come first. To learn more about Russo’s franchise development opportunities, visit

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