Pizza, like the Earth, is round, enjoyed by most humans, and typically tastiest when it's dipped in butter. Ingest well-rounded pleasures with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian cuisine and thirst quenchers at Russo’s New York Pizzeria in Houston.
Russo's New York Pizzeria, which was voted the Best Pizza of 2008 by Houston Press, shows off its coal-fired ovens by baking up a menu loaded with flakily textured pies and calzones. Unleash voracious taste buds on a specialty coal-fired New York calzone—infused with ricotta cheese, canadian bacon, and mozzarella ($9.95)—or a cheese- and vegetable-packed stromboli ($9.95). For larger parties, grab a brick-oven, deep-dish, or by-the-slice pizza, such as the Manhattan Special—thinly sliced Italian sausage, bell peppers, onions, and mozzarella cheese ($14.95 for a medium). If circles aren’t appealing enough, share a few geometrically eclectic helpings of chicken picatta ($13.95) or tiger shrimp alfredo ($16.95) with the table.
- But the superhot oven is only part of what Anthony Russo is doing right at his coal oven pizzeria. You don't get a pizza crust with this kind of fabulous texture unless you can turn out a high-rising, yeasty dough every day. – Robb Walsh, Houston Press
- Best pizza in town! Don't order a slice for lunch or you'll get premade pizza, order a whole pie. Better yet order the calzone – Ezy Mny, Urbanspoon