Q&A: Chef Anthony Russo

Texas chef talks building an Italian restaurant empire in the South

Chef Anthony Russo, creator of the Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen concepts, is building a small regional Italian empire in the South.

Russo, who opened the first Russo’s New York Pizzeria in Houston, Texas, in 1992, will open two more franchised stores in Arkansas and Florida this year, bringing the Italian chain to 29 units. The company currently has four company-owned pizzerias, 17 franchised New York Pizzeria units in Texas and Ten

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