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Russo Italian Restaurant Now Open on Water Street in Worcester

The team behind Lock 50 opened their second restaurant in the same Canal District neighborhood. Russo Italian Restaurant, named for owner Ed Russo, opened the restaurant to the public June 13th.

Located across the street from Lock 50, Russo Italian Restaurant took residence at 65 Water Street, formerly the home of Canal Restaurant & Bar. Ed Russo’s nephew, Executive Chef Tim Russo created a menu that will feature classic Italian American cuisine, hand-crafted from family recipes passed down from Russo’s grandparents.

According to Russo, “the space has been completely renovated and the dining public can expect to see a touch of Boston’s North End combined with Providence’s Federal Hill when they step inside.” He added, “Exposed brick, large windows and the very distinctive cave room make the space unique. Combine that with the touches we’ve added and we know our guests will feel welcome and comfortable from their first step into the restaurant,” he added.

A Local, Fresh and Hand-Made Menu

The seasonal menu at Russo will include fresh, local ingredients. All the pasta and sausage will be handmade and only the highest quality meats, cheeses and seafood will be served. Expect to see approachable, affordable and familiar Italian American offerings such as Bolognese, Lasagna, Carbonara, Marsala, Parmesan, Frutti de Mare and more. Fish, chicken and veal dishes will also be featured including a whole roasted Bronzini, a thick-cut Pork Chop, and veal, chicken or pork Saltimbocca to name a few.

Sunday Family Dinner Tradition

Something unique to Russo Italian Restaurant will be their “Sunday Family Dinner.” This all-inclusive, family meal will include appetizers, pasta, salad and other traditional Italian dishes and will mimic the Sunday feast Russo shared with his family growing up. “We want families to start new traditions by gathering around our dining room tables on Sundays and let us cook for them,” he said.

Russo Italian Restaurant is located at 65 Water Street in Worcester. The restaurant is open Tuesday – Saturday from 4:30pm-10:00pm, and Sunday from 2:00pm – 8:00pm. There is off-street and on-street parking. For more details visit

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The Business Plan—Michelle Miller of Center for Women & Enterprise

This week, Pop It takes over the AC Hotel with guest Michelle Miller. Miller is the Director of the Center for Women in Enterprise; she helps women increase their personal growth, professional success, and financial independence.

Imagine what it would be like to own a shop in the Canal District. Miller talks Sarah through the Strategyzer business canvas, determining value propositions, revenue streams, and customer relations for her hypothetical business venture: “Memoir.”

We also hear the success story of Karla Morales, the woman behind Your Home Detox.

You can contact Michelle to receive free help with your own business plan by phone at 508-453-9206 or email at

One more thing, are you team Lindsay or team Paris?