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“Donatos strives to bring trending flavors and premium ingredients to our customers, and we are excited to add these delicious options to the Donatos menu, as it provides more individual choice,” Tom Krouse, president and CEO of Donatos, said in a release.
The Dayton-area Donatos restaurants are operated by a locally based franchisee, Viking Group Inc.
The new cauliflower crust has 30 percent fewer carbs than the pizza chain’s thin crust. It is available only in 10-inch pies.
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The crust and the new plant-based sausage are featured in three new specialty pies, although they also are available in “create-your-own” options. The specialty pies are:
• Cauliflower Bruschetta: Red sauce, smoked Provolone, fresh-cut green peppers and onions, tomato bruschetta, spinach and plant-based sausage;
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• Cauliflower Garden: Red sauce, smoked Provolone, fresh-cut green peppers and onions, mushrooms and plant-based sausage;
• Cauliflower Heat: Red sauce, smoked Provolone and pepper jack cheese, jalapeños, crushed red pepper and plant-based sausage.
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The pizzas are available online at Donatos.com, on the Donatos app, and at every Donatos location.
Donatos was founded in 1963 when then-Ohio State sophomore Jim Grote bought a small pizza shop in Columbus for $1,300. Today, the pizza chain and its franchise partners operate 161 restaurants in 10 states.