First, a confession: I’m actually a wee bit tired of pizza. But only because at my house, pizza is a food group all on its own. We eat pizza that’s delivered, pizza that’s from a box, pizza that we picked up on the way home. Thus, my ennui with pizza.
Russillo’s pizza, however, is worth sitting down and waiting for.
With its Track 29 location now paved over, Russillo’s has moved to the old Grant’s Brewery Pub spot in the Depot building on Front Street. Grant’s was my old stomping grounds, so I was pleased to hear that the long-empty location would be filled and lively again with more than just memories.
On a recent visit, I sat in the main dining room, which is awash in wood and smells of garlic and tomato sauce — instantly welcoming. On the menu I found options ranging from pizzas (of course) to sandwiches (try the Cement Shoe) and salads. I’m fond of one of its daily lunch specials, the “slice and side” for $7.99. It includes a huge piece of pizza with one topping, plus soup or salad. But this time I ordered a 9-inch pesto pizza ($12.99). The crispy and slightly sweet dough was was loaded with portabella mushrooms, artichoke hearts, feta cheese and sundried tomatoes and served on a piping hot pizza pan. It’s a “non-traditional” pizza, and that’s why I like it, plus the fact that it’s full of tangy, salty and herby flavor.
The service was friendly, and the atmosphere was warm and inviting. All in all, a place I’ll visit more often.