Pizza with pizzazz: Russo’s Italian empire eyes Destin market

Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM.

Now, Anthony's original restaurant has morphed, creating two separate but equally delicious and successful restaurant franchises with more than 30 locations across the country, with additional locations "in the pipeline, including some overseas," said Gilbreth.

Russo's also sells olive oil and frozen pizzas in more than 1,000 stores worldwide.

The elder Russo — Anthony’s father‘s— favorite phrase was, "If you can't make it fresh, don't serve it!"

He said the same would apply to a Destin restaurant, which company officials estimate would employ around 20 people.

Anthonywas set to visit the Destin area sometime this month to view possible properties that could one day house the franchise.

"Plans are still in the very early stages," said Gilbreth, adding that the company would like to add up to three new locations in the Destin area in the months ahead.

For more information or to learn about franchise opportunities for Russo's Coal Fired Italian Kitchen and Russo's New York Pizzeria visit

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