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Pricey pizza is a crowd pleaser

Russo’s Coal Fired Italian Kitchen at 89th and Yale offers a more unique experience than the typical Italian chain.

With a menu focused on their New York-style pizzas, it’s no shock that founder and chef Anthony Russo took two years developing a gluten-free crust. They also use many organic and non-processed ingredients.

But be prepared to pay for it. The gluten-free, 12 inch Margherita pizza cost $16, excluding tip. This thin crust pizza, covered with Roma tomatoes, fresh basil, all-natural mozzarella cheese, garlic and organic extra virgin olive oil was definitely satisfying.

If that price caused your stomach to churn even after such a mouth-watering description, don’t worry-Russo’s also sells pizza by the slice, but only during lunch hours.

Sophomore Alysia Grogan thought the “food portion didn’t live up to how big the plate was,” but it was still “really good.”

However, Russo’s pasta and dessert portions offer a lot more. Even the most steadfast chocolate lover should be prepared to share dessert.

After ordering the BIG Chocolate Cake for dessert, senior Alyssa Borth was impressed by more than just its self-proclaimed size.

“The cake had a great presentation and was more delicious than I expected,” Borth said. “It was so big I couldn’t finish it myself.”

If you’re looking for a laid-back family atmosphere with a touch of class, to attempt eating your feelings, Russo’s is the place to be.

From well-dressed families to dads just coming off the tennis courts, there was zero judgment over each other’s appearances.

“It was a little busy and cramped,” Grogan said. “But at the same time it felt upscale.”

Russo’s New York Pizzeria is a Houston-based restaurant concept that has more than 30 locations in the U.S. and Middle East. They also sell their pizza in over 2,000 grocery stores.

Russo’s is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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