Friday night and where to go for dinner. So many choices in our area and we chose Russo's. Russo's has been open for a few months and we haven't had a chance to visit because it's always so packed. This time we came in a little earlier and were able to get a table immediately. The restaurant has a nice decor and feel to it. When you walk in the first thing you notice is there Coal Fired Pizza oven. It's huge and completely covered in old Chicago bricks. I feel the place does have a nice chicago feel to it, might just be the bricks. The way the restaurant is laid out and decorated it doesn't feel like its in a shopping center which is a huge plus. Who needs to feel like your at a mall, not me. As soon as we sat down the waiter came over and took our beverage order. Five minutes later he came back and took our food order. We started out with the Fried Mozzarella and a order of there house bread. The house bread was good served with a bit of garlic on the bottom of the plate. The Mozzarella on the other hand was a huge disappointment. It arrived frozen, seems like they just took it out of the freezer and fried it for a few minutes. We asked the waiter to take that back and bring us another serving and this one came out warm. It is served with a small bit of marinara on top it really wasn't worth ordering. We basically gave up on it. On the other hand the complimentary bread was amazingly good it was served hot and fresh. Unfortunately they only brought out two pieces. Next time we have to ask for two orders. For our main course we ordered a large pizza, plain cheese on one side and sausage and pepperoni on the other. I was really surprised with the taste and the consistency of the pizza. Great flavors, the sauce was not too sweet, the pepperoni and sausage were sliced thin and were delicious. Unlike the appetizer it was served nice and hot. The service was on point, friendly staff and they made sure we were always taken care of. Overall we will probably be back just for the Pizza, if were in the neighborhood.
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