Russo’s Restaurants Names Ali Elalayet Executive Chef of the United Arab Emirates

Seasoned International Hotel Restaurant Chef to Manage Three Italian Eateries

Houston, TX (PRWEB) July 29, 2013 - Russo’s Restaurants, the concepts that have boldly built their reputations on being undeniably authentic in every way, announced today that it has appointed Ali Elalayet to executive chef.

“Ali has had a remarkable career as a chef in Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates and we are excited to have him join our brand,” said Chef Anthony Russo, a formally-trained chef who opened his first Russo’s New York Pizzeria in 1992 and later developed Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen. “We have all the confidence in the world that he will flourish in his new role with Russo’s.”

In his new position, Elalayet will manage the kitchens at the three Russo’s locations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The company’s Russo’s New York Pizzerias are in Abu Dubai, Dubai and Sharjah. Additional locations are slated for Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in the months ahead.

Elalayet started his culinary career in 1990 working for hotels in his native Tunisia. He later moved to Dubai and became an executive chef with Armani Café.

“I am an Italian food lover. Ever since I can remember, I have been creating pastas and pizzas in my kitchen,” said Elalayet, who is 41 years old. “When the opportunity with Russo’s presented itself, I knew it was the perfect fit. I have been tracking their growth in the UAE and I am excited to be a part of it.”

Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen have become synonymous with authentic Italian meals. Beyond the brands’ specialty pizzas, menu items include fresh salads (Insalata), soups (Zuppe) and homemade pastas. Authentic Italian cannoli’s, fresh seafood, chicken, and veal and flatbread sandwiches are just some of the distinctive dishes on the menu. The full Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen menu is available at

About Russo’s Restaurants

Presenting a true New York-style pizza tradition, Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen live by a family promise that dates back more than half a century, “If it isn’t fresh, don’t serve it.” This motto has served Russo’s Restaurants well since founder Anthony Russo opened his first pizzeria more than two decades ago. The brand’s success has inspired the launch a number of successful franchises, and today more than 30 Russo’s restaurants are operating and dozens more are expected to open in the next three to five years. The concept has gained recognition for its remarkably fresh food and the affordable price of menu options. Preparation of pure ingredients and the execution of memorable Italian food keep customers coming back for more. Chef Anthony’s commitment to maintaining the freshest products insures that all customers who walk through the door, irrespective of which Russo’s location, receive the bona fide Russo’s experience.

For more information about Russo’s Restaurants visit To learn about available franchise opportunities call (855) 978-7767.


Anthony Russo
Russo's NY Pizzeria
(713) 821-1322


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Russo’s Restaurants is a 46 location national and international franchisor of the fast casual and casual dining brands Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen. Based in Houston, Russo’s Restaurants are composed of a mix of...


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