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Donut Oven: Home comfort

Folks at the Donut Oven hope it can truly feel like home – somewhere you want to settle onto the couch, bunny slippers and all, and enjoy a good cup of coffee and a tasty donut.

Tony Ragozzine and Darren Cortese recently opened The Donut Oven on South Purcell, which features a wide variety of donuts, coffees and other breakfast goodies. From left, Ragozzine, Mark Cortese, Andrea Thompson, Andrew Cortese and Darren Cortese. (Kristen M. White, View photo)
Tony Ragozzine and Darren Cortese recently opened The Donut Oven on South Purcell, which features a wide variety of donuts, coffees and other breakfast goodies. From left, Ragozzine, Mark Cortese, Andrea Thompson, Andrew Cortese and Darren Cortese. (Kristen M. White, View photo)

Tony Ragozzine and Darren Cortese opened the Donut Oven in May and are excited to bring all the comforts of good breakfast food to Pueblo West residents. With more than 40 years of food service experience behind him, Ragozzine said he decided on a donut and coffee shop because that’s one of his favorite things.

“Of all the things I’ve ever done, this has always been my favorite,” he said. “It’s where my heart is at.”

The Donut Oven offers a wide variety of donuts, both traditional and cake donuts in lots of flavors. And although there are plenty of the “old standby” types like glazed, powdered and chocolate cake, there are a couple of pretty unique tastes too.

“We have two really specialty donuts that we do here, and I know no one in the whole country does the one. We take Pueblo chiles and we make a cake donut with them that has icing or glaze on it. It has just a little hot finish at the end and is great.”

The other special donut is a maple bacon cream-filled long john that is “really, really good.” Other special seasonal donut flavors such as pumpkin will rotate through the year.

If donuts aren’t what you’re looking for, there are plenty of other breakfast items to pick from. Build your own breakfast starting from the very simple, like toast and eggs and a cup of coffee, or go right on down the menu to things like hash browns, breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos and much more.

The Donut Oven also serves all the specialty coffees like Frappuccino, cappuccinos, lattes, macchiato and more.

Ragozzine said they are in the process of developing a lunch menu as well, with things like a strip steak sandwich, pork loin sandwich and Italian sausage sandwich. Lunch will hopefully begin in a month or so.

Another perk for the shop is that it has a drive-through, so people can grab their items to go as they’re passing by. Customers can even call ahead and have whatever they want to order ready to go.

The Donut Oven business happened quickly and unexpectedly. Ragozzine and Cortese have been friends for several years and “always joked we’d do something together,” and then when the restaurant location came open, Cortese (who lives in Pueblo West) called Ragozzine.

“This just fell in our laps,” he said. “I’m taking one of those big steps here, having given up everything else (a career in the private prison system) to do this.”

Ragozzine gave a special thanks to Cortese’s parents who are “always helping us. They are incredible people, no matter what we need,” as well as the shop’s other employees – Ragozzine and Cortese’s children.

“I want people to feel that they can come in, like this is their living room,” Ragozzine said. “Sit down and enjoy, be absolutely comfortable and feel at home.”

The Donut Oven is open daily from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. It is located at 198 S. Purcell Blvd., suite 110, and can be reached at 547-5085.

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