Veniero's pastry shop was already 14 years old when Russo's Mozzarella and Pasta shop opened right next door on E. 11st Street in 1908. The miniscule shop, about the size of the second bedroom in a Manhattan "two-bedroom," will quietly hit its 100th year in business next month. I think part of the reason it never gets much attention, despite its longevity, is because it rests in the shadow of giant Veniero's, one of the noisiest, flashiest landmarks in the City.
Russo's isn't flashy. The place is worth a visit, though. I recently purchase some "French" sausage and goat cheese and herb tortellini and can vouch for both. And, of course, the mozzarella is justly famous.