Authentic Italian Restaurant Arrives In San Antonio With Highly Anticipated Opening of Russo's Coal-Fire Italian Kitchen

August 1, 2015

Upscale Italian Restaurant Opens at The Rim

SAN ANTONIO – The wait is over in San Antonio.

Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen has arrived as one of San Antonio’s most highly anticipated restaurant openings. Local residents, commuters and visitors can now savor the tastes, aromas and unmistakable ambiance of the upscale Italian restaurant brimming with old-world charm and hospitality. Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen opens at the premium mixed-use residential and shopping destination, The Rim, located at 17631 La Cantera Pkwy, off of I-10, just north of the 1604 Loop in San Antonio.

“From the moment customers walk in, they will know they’ve come somewhere special. They’re getting a truly authentic experience,” said Paula Matthews, General Manager of Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen in San Antonio. “Everything is made with fresh ingredients. From our crispy coal-fired pizza and calzones to our baked pastas, handmade meatballs and specialty seafood pastas, we serve traditional Italian dishes just the way our guests expect.”

Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen in San Antonio is open for lunch and dinner with an extensive catering menu available. The sleek and inviting restaurant features an open kitchen where guests can see their food being prepared and dishes coming out of the massive coal-fired oven. The unique, open design, which reflects local flair, also includes a wide bar with an impressive selection of locally sourced and imported Italian wines. The bar will also serve beers from Pearl Brewing Company and Lone Star Brewery, as well as locally sourced craft brews. At more than 3,500 square feet, the Italian eatery also features a 1,000-square-foot outdoor patio.

“Opening in San Antonio is a momentous occasion for Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen,” said company CEO Anthony Russo, a formally trained chef who opened his first Russo’s New York Pizzeria in 1992. “We couldn’t be happier about carrying on the Russo’s tradition with a new restaurant in San Antonio.”

Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen and its traditional Italian recipes trace their origins to a tight-knit family where the kitchen was the center of all activity. As a young child, Anthony Russo helped his grandmother roll dough for cannoli, carefully wrapping it around four-inch wooden broomsticks to get the right shape before cooking. By the age of 12, Anthony was learning authentic Italian recipes and spent many summers in Sicily and Milan training with Italian chefs. After earning the Chef’s distinction at 18, Anthony honed his skills as a culinary expert working in his parent’s fine Italian restaurant and then opened his own pizzeria while still a young man. He then opened Anthony’s Pizzeria in Clear Lake, Texas, and later two restaurants in Houston; one named Café Anthony and the other named Russo Café Anthony, an upscale Italian restaurant. After establishing himself as a household name in Houston, he launched Russo’s New York Pizzeria in 1992, followed three years later by Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen.

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About Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen

Presenting a true authentic Italian experience, Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen lives by a family promise that dates back more than half a century, “If it isn’t fresh, don’t serve it.” This phrase has guided Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen since founder Anthony Russo opened his first restaurant more than two decades ago. The brand’s success has inspired the launch a number of successful franchises, and today more than 44 Russo’s restaurants are operating globally and dozens more are expected to open in the next three to five years. The concept has gained recognition for its remarkably fresh food and authentic Italian specialties. Preparation of pure ingredients and the execution of memorable Italian food keep customers coming back for more. Chef Russo’s commitment to maintaining the freshest products insures that all customers who walk through the door, irrespective of which Russo’s location, receive the bona fide Russo’s experience.

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*The following data involves historic performance information for Domestic Restaurants corporate- or affiliate-owned, open and operating under effective Franchise Agreements by the same franchisee for fiscal year 2021. There are 35 franchised domestic Russo’s New York Pizzeria Restaurants operating under effective Franchise Agreements as of December 31, 2021. 30 of which had been open for 12 months or longer. The following results include (a) the average Gross Sales for the 24 Domestic Russo’s New York Pizzeria Restaurants that were franchisee owned, open, and operated for fiscal 2021. (b) The cash flows for the FOUR (4) company-owned Russo’s New York Pizzeria Restaurants operated for fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. Because we do not maintain the accounting records of our franchisees, we are unable to make any representation to the reliability of the financial data provided by franchised Restaurants.
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