Wy’East Pizza in Washington Heights to Open Thursday, May 5

The pizzeria is serving up its first pies this week, but look for phone-ahead orders, a patio, and additional hours in the weeks to come.

Wait no longer. (Well, just a little longer). Washington Heights’ Wy’East Pizza (5601 W. Vliet St.) is opening Thursday, May 5. For the first couple of weeks, the hours for this much-anticipated 28-seat restaurant are: Thursday 4:30-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 4:30-10 p.m. and Sunday 4:30-9 p.m. Things to come: Wednesday hours, the ability to take phone orders, and the roll-out of the patio. The website should be live on Thursday. Service is first-come, first served.

The menu is composed of 14-inch pizzas baked in an Italian-style, natural gas-burning oven. Just as some logistical things are still come, parts of the menu, including appetizers, will roll out over the course of time. (Among the apps are co-owner/pizzaiola James Durawa’s homemade focaccia served with rotating sauces. There is also an ice cream sandwich dessert by Purple Door.)

The pizza lineup includes rotating seasonal toppings (which will change about every three to six weeks).  Prior to this endeavor, Durawa and his spouse/business partner Ann Brock operated a pizza cart (of the same name) in Portland, Oregon. Formerly avid hikers, the couple named the business after the native name for Mount Hood. More details to come!



Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.