If you know us, you know we LOVE us some GOOD pizza!
That’s why we were so excited to check out Russo’s Coal Fired Italian Kitchen in Richardson, TX. It’s not too often that we travel up to North Dallas, but you say pizza, and we’re there!
It’s definitely a low key, family friendly type atmosphere. I loved that you could sit up at the bar and watch them making the pizza’s and sliding them in and out of the coal fired oven.
We each started with the Mediterranean Salad which consisted of: romaine, bell peppers, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, black olives, sun-dried tomatoes, gorgonzola cheese, with a light basalmic vinagarette dressing on the side. It was delicious!!
Now on to the BEST part. The PIZZAS! Yum yum yum! We opted for the “Create your own” route mainly because we like to customize and it’s easier to control what and how much you are eating when you choose exactly what you want on it. I went with the gluten free crust, tomato base, mozzarella, grilled chicken, red onion, portobello mushrooms, pineapple, & sun-dried tomatoes. It was DIVINE.
What makes or breaks it is always the pizza crust. This crust y’all. The manager was telling us all about how they make their crust (yes, the GF crust too!) in house from scratch EVERY morning before the restaurant opens. I thought that was so cool because every other place we’ve gone to uses a frozen pre-made GF crust.
Austin ordered the original crust, tomato base, no cheese, red onion, spinach, and lots of grilled chicken. He said it was the BEST crust he’s ever had. And usually he can be pretty picky…(don’t tell him I said that 😉 )
If you’re looking for a new place to try in the Dallas area, head up to Russo’s and you will NOT be disappointed. Order a pizza and if you have a friend who is gluten free, take them with you!! The service was great and everyone was so nice and friendly.
And remember, you can have the occasional couple slices of pizza and still reach your goals! For example, I saved a lot of my carbs and fat for this meal and ate pretty lean/high protein/lower carb for my meals leading up to this. I ate a few slices of pizza, boxed it up, then took it home so I could enjoy it again the next day! Ordering a side salad before your meal will also ensure you fill up with veggies so you won’t over eat when the pizza comes. Balance & moderation…because health is a LIFESTYLE.
Tips and tricks for cutting some calories when it comes to pizza/Italian dining:
- Order thin crust
- Stick with a tomato base (pesto is pretty HIGH fat)
- Load up on veggies
- Add grilled chicken for a lean source of protein (without adding more fat)
- Ask for light on the cheese (stick with the mozzarella) OR go with the feta as a substitute
- Order a salad for an appetizer, loaded with veggies, and ask for dressing on the side
- Pass on the bread basket, garlic rolls, breadsticks (especially if you are ordering a pizza)
- Ask for a to-go box pretty early on so you can box up your leftovers (then you can enjoy it again tomorrow 🙂 )