Russo's Mozzarella and Pasta

Art & Culture

Classic East Village Location for Mozzarella Made Fresh Daily

Russos Mozzarella and Pasta Exterior East Village

About Russo's Mozzarella and Pasta

 & why it made the Carpe City list

  • For decades, East Village locals have been coming here for delicious, uber-fresh mozzarella.
  • Besides the cheese, we love the #3, the Italiano, their most popular sandwich. Fresh moz + melt-in-your-mouth prosciutto.
  • This neighborhood gem is also stocked with handmade pasta, sausage and other Italian classics.
  • Impress your date with a home-cooked dinner or walk over to Tompkins Square Park for a picnic.
  • You can find two more locations in Brooklyn, for when you’re on the other side of the river.
  • Top off your shopping with a cheesecake or cannoli next door at the also much-loved Veniero’s pastry shop.

Carpe City Trivia

Where does mozzarella get its name?

The name is derived from the Neapolitan term mozza- which means “cut” – and refers to the process by which mozzarella is formed by cutting off the curds and shaping it into the now-iconic little balls. According to one legend, mozzarella was discovered when cheese curds accidentally fell into a hot pail of water in Naples.

By: Kim Bielak
Photography by:

Anne Crays

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