A Dopo bringing sourdough pizza to downtown Knoxville

Oct. 3, 2016: A Dopo Sourdough Pizza is opening on Williams Street in downtown Knoxville.

A new pizzeria is opening its doors for business in downtown Knoxville this week. 

A Dopo Sourdough Pizza opens Thursday. The name comes from an Italian phrase meaning "See you later," said owner Brian Strutz. 

Strutz said his restaurant is locally-sourced, and what sets his pizza apart is the dough. 

"We've found that we could improve upon pizza by spending a lot of time on our dough. The dough of our pizza is the king of this restaurant," he said. "It's a sourdough. I've kept a sourdough starter alive for three years. I use that to naturally leaven the dough. We have to feed that daily otherwise it dies, it's a living thing. 

Strutz, who is originally from Farragut, learned about wood-fired pizza during his first job working at Kalamata Kitchen when he was a teenager. He also backpacked through Italy for about six months after college, and spent two years working at Blackberry Farm. 

A Dopo is located at 516 Williams St. near downtown Knoxville. The pizzeria will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. 

The pizzeria also serves salads, seasonal vegetable dishes and gelato made with Cruze Farm milk.  

"What people can expect when they come in is to have a really fun, lively experience with great pizza, a really good wine list and scratch-made gelato," Strutz said. 

(© 2016 WBIR)


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