Small Business Spotlight: Russo’s New York Pizzeria
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Who: Anthony Russo, @TheChefRusso
What: A homemade Italian kitchen franchise
Where: Houston, Texas
How: Russo is a first-generation Italian, and grew up cooking with his grandparents in New Jersey. In the late 1970s, his family moved to Galveston, Texas, and his dad opened the first Russo’s Italian Restaurant. He branched out on his own, opening Anthony’s Pizzeria after high school.
“I worked with a lot of great Italian chefs in my family—everything was handmade,” he said. In 2008, Russo decided to franchise, and today has nearly 30 restaurants from Texas to Tennessee.
Quote from the owner: “That’s where the passion comes in,” Russo said of franchising. “I made a system to take those homemade recipes in each kitchen, so now every store location does that.”
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