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The latest Inner Southeast pizza restaurant is owned by a couple, and named with a pun on their family name

RITA A. LEONARD - Jessica and Justin Donais have opened Pizza Doughnais on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Brooklyn. On the street level of a new, narrow, four-story apartment building just completed on a single residential lot in the Brooklyn neighborhood, two residents of that neighborhood – Jessica & Justin Donais – have opened a new pizza parlor, Pizza Doughnais, at 3541 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. The parlor's name is a play on their own surname.

"As two lifelong pizza lovers, we didn't always love the way we felt after eating it," remarks Jessica, "So we embarked on a three-year journey to create the 'pizza of our dreams' – a pie that was both delicious and digestible."

In 2017, Justin went to Italy to learn the gluten arts. Back home, he started experimenting with natural yeast for a sourdough starter, which is now used in their pizzas. "We bake each of our fluffy Sicilian pies at peak fermentation," explains Jessica, "which not only makes for 'a little bit of heaven in every bite', but ensures that each slice you eat doesn't weigh you down."

The restaurant's menu features Red Pies and White Pies, with unlimited add-ons from a list of 15. A variety of drinks – both alcoholic, and non – and salads are included on the list of selections. For dessert, they feature "The Brookie", described as "a fudgy brownie meets a chocolate chip cookie."

The couple belongs to the Greater Brooklyn Business Association, and says they are donating empty bottles and cans to the "Friends of Brooklyn Park" program.

The small restaurant seats five indoors and twelve outdoors; street parking is limited. The restaurant is open Monday 4:14 p.m. to 8 p.m., closed Tuesday, and open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Their telephone number is 503/232-3434. You can also order online, for take-out – www.pizzadoughnais.com


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