Cruz Orsino, owner of Orsino’s New York Pizzeria in Baytown shows off a pie before he puts it in the oven. 

We ordered an Orsino’s pizza and a Calzone on the way home from Houston the other night. The hand-tossed extra-thin Supreme was delicious and the Meat Lover’s Calzone delightfully surpassed all expectations. The plentiful meals lasted through the next day. 

Restaurant owner Cruz Orsino was recently honored as one of The Baytown Sun’s 30 under 40 young professionals. He learned to make the New York Style Pizza from his father, Rosario Orsino, who owned Mario’s Flying Pizza in Baytown many years ago. Many of you may remember.

Orsino’s New York Pizzeria has a wide menu selection with very good prices.

One can choose from Marinara, Olive Oil and Garlic Pesto, Alfredo, BBQ or Buffalo Sauce. Thick crust is available for an additional $1.50.

Sides include garlic knots (10 pieces), wings (8 pieces), breadsticks or cheesy breadsticks (6 pieces).

Topping choices are: pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, ham, bacon, anchovies, meatballs, salami, pineapple, fresh tomato, green and/or black olives, banana pepper, mushroom, jalapeño, spinach, onion, green pepper and sun dried tomato.

A large one-topping pizza is only $5 with additional toppings or extra cheese for $1.50 each.

Specialty toppings add $2 including: Philly Cheese Steak, grilled chicken, roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, Feta or Ricotta cheese.

Those are the basic pizzas. Then we get into the New York Specialty Pizzas:

Manhattan Pie, Supreme Pie, Broadway Pie (a.k.a. Meatlovers), Lady Liberty Pie (fresh tomato, basil, Ricotta, Spinach, oil and garlic sauce); The Bronx Pie (grilled chicken, bacon roasted pepper, onion); New York Turnpike: (grilled chicken, bacon and Alfredo sauce); Fifth Avenue Pie (spinach, Feta cheese, onion and Alfredo sauce); Buffalo Soldier Pie, Philly Cheese Steak Pie, Campagnola Pie (involves artichoke hearts and lots of veggies), Little Italy Pie, Park Avenue Pie, Empire Pie, Soprano’s Pie, Cheese Lovers Pizza, 42nd Street and Pata Pizza (French fries, Russian sauce and cheese). Sounds good.

If you want to go for something other than pizza, try the Stromboli and Calzones. 

Desserts include Nutella Pizza, Canoli and Nutella Cornetto.

Lunch at Orsino’s is quite affordable with a Stromboli, Calzone or two slices of pizza with a drink for only $4.99. 

Cruz and his staff do a wonderful job of customer service. His entrepreneurial spirit is evident in everything his restaurant produces. Stop by Orsino’s Pizzeria. You will be glad you did.

Orsino’s Pizzeria is located at 3614 Garth Road across Garth from Amegy Bank. Call in your order to 281-839-7097. Orsino’s is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Saturday. 

Carol Skewes is the publisher for The Baytown Sun. She can be reached at carol.skewes@baytownsun.com


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