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Patrick also uses that same deep-dish dough to make powdered-sugar-dusted doughnuts, which he serves with a smooth, house-made sugary icing of Mexican vanilla and cinnamon. These don't sell quite as well as the miniature cupcakes made for the restaurant by another Lee's Summit neighbor, a baker who bills herself as the Pink Mixer and makes heavily iced, bite-sized confections in a variety of chocolate variations. My friends adored them, but I thought they were silly.
I may not like cupcakes, but I do like the Cuezzes' loyalty to their Lee's Summit community. Their friends and neighbors have designed doors, baked cupcakes and created a new pizza — the Bacon Explosion pie, a popular special that finds a permanent home on the new menu. Another neighbor makes the spicy barbecue sauce, Firebug, that Patrick puts on the barbecue chicken pizza.
Next Door Pizza is a neighborhood pizzeria in every sense of the word. If you don't believe me, ask Patrick Cuezze. His word is law.