Russos New York Pizzeria Celebrates American Heart Month With Healthy Heart Food

HOUSTON (January 21, 2010) – Every year since 1963, Congress and the President have proclaimed February as “American Heart Month.” It’s a great time to get the entire family on a healthier path. Russo’s New York Pizzeria, Houston, Texas – Westheimer and Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, Richardson, Texas locations celebrate “American Heart Month” by offering heart healthy alternatives to your diet.


Russo’s New York Pizzeria has partnered with Medical City Heart in the Restaurant Partner Program.  Selected menu items have been endorsed by MCH using the finest, freshest ingredients with approved low levels of sodium.  Only recipes that meet approved levels of total fat, calories and sodium earn this endorsement.  No trans fats are permitted. 


Medical City Heart has given their stamp of approval on many delicious dishes as heart healthy. With MCH’s endorsement, New York Pizzeria proudly offers customers a variety of flavorful choices that meet the heart healthy guidelines, such as Pollo con Limoni – chicken breast topped with Portobello mushrooms, capers, sundried tomatoes served with fettuccini cooked in a lemon garlic white wine sauce.


Penne Mediterranean is another pasta dish that makes the heart healthy list, made with fresh spinach, sundried tomatoes, pine nuts, feta cheese and Sicilian extra virgin olive oil.


Additional approved Heart Healthy dishes for you to enjoy are Pescatori di Gamberi (jumbo shrimp, angel hair pasta, and spicy marinara sauce), Grilled Shrimp Calzone and Slice Heart Healthy Pizza. All these dishes taste too good to be healthy for you! So treat yourself to Russo’s delicious guilt-free meals!


Russo is taking it one step further by distributing his heart healthy menu to medical center hospitals, local gyms, dieticians and personal trainers, giving them healthy meal options to pass along to their clients. The menu will include information such as nutritional value so customers can make better choices when they dine at Russo’s.

 “We want to offer our customers healthy choices when they dine with us without depriving them of flavorful ingredients that they’ve come to expect from New York Pizzeria,” says owner Anthony Russo.


Russo’s New York Pizzeria is setting an example for local and national restaurants as they meet the country’s new heart healthy standards by reducing the amount of sodium used in their dishes. The New York City Health Department issued an initiative on Monday, January 11 urging restaurants and food companies across the country to voluntarily reduce their products’ salt levels gradually by 25 percent over five years. Doing that would reduce the nation’s salt intake by 20 percent. Many restaurants in New York and other partnering states may be joining Russo’s New York Pizzeria in their fight against heart disease.


Known for his authentic Italian cuisine, characterized by premium ingredients and regional influences, Russo personally stands behind the Russo family standards and devotion to quality. Russo’s New York Pizzeria takes great pride in preparing all dishes with extra virgin olive oil and the freshest ingredients, insuring that whatever you choose from their menu will be a healthy, better tasting choice.


Every Russo’s New York Pizzeria location has added a wine list to their menu. 

 “Italian food is the healthiest Mediterranean diet in today’s market place,” says Russo. “It’s known for using fresh ingredients and great tasting wine that is full of antioxidants.” Make sure you enjoy a glass with your next delicious meal at Russo’s!


Combined with diet and exercise, Russo’s New York Pizzeria’s special heart healthy menu makes it easy and convenient for customers to reach and maintain their ideal weight. Whether you dine in or take out, New York Pizzeria invites you eat your way to a healthy heart.  Salud!



Russo’s New York Pizzeria

Russo’s New York Pizzeria is a casual dining restaurant offering fresh, simple and delicious Italian cuisine and brick-oven pizza. New York Pizzeria has over twenty six locations. Please find additional information at New York Pizzeria’s Web site at