Extreme Pizza Kitchen, Syracuse (Eastwood)

Judging by the number of hits to this site that begin with searches for “Extreme Pizza Kitchen,” there is a lot of interest in this newcomer to the Eastwood section of Syracuse.  They have no web site, so people have been coming to this blog just to find the phone number.  Glad to help!  As a “public service,” I’ll even post their menu.

This location was home to Sabastino’s Pizza a number of years ago, followed by a lot of vacancy, and other attempts at pizza and Mexican takout.  This incarnation opened on May 21.  There is a small counter along the wall with stools, so you could technically say it is possible to eat in, but this is generally a takeout and delivery operation.  Slices are available from a couple of pizzas near the front counter.  There is no off-street parking – you take your chances with being able to find a spot on James Street.  Hours include both lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.

Tonight I was happy to discover that the Tuesday special is “$4 off any pizza.”  I ordered a 14″ pie with 3 half toppings (onions, green peppers and mushrooms on half).  The math was confusing – the base price for a 14″ is $8.50, and $1.00 per topping.  I was charged $9.00 plus tax.  Regardless of the price confusion, it was still a good value.

We didn’t get the full impact of a pizza fresh out of the oven, because it was nearly a 20 minute drive home.  The crust was thin and well-browned, but not charred.  I didn’t have opportunity to notice if a pan was used; I’d have to guess this was baked directly on the oven floor, but perhaps at a slightly lower temperature than some others.  There was a slight crispiness on the edge, but overall this was a soft crust.  It had the excess chewiness of dough that was mixed for too long.  The crust’s taste was balanced well; I’d say this was a good, middle-of-the-road reasonably decent crust.

The sauce was a welcome surprise, with a good medium-strength spice load and smooth, moderate tomato taste.  The salt level was just right.  Cheese was slightly oily and orange, but with good flavor.  Toppings were fresh.

I’m sure there will be some tweaks in the weeks and months ahead.  All things considered, it is a pretty good start.  On the strength of the sauce, value and overall good taste, I give this 4 out of 5 slices.  I’d like to see them upgrade to a better quality (less oily) cheese (and use a little more of it), raise the oven temperature, and mix the dough for a shorter time.  But don’t mess with the sauce!

Summary – Pros: very good sauce, excellent toppings, very affordable.  Cons: a little oily, chewy crust.

What do you think?  Have you tried Extreme Pizza Kitchen?  Click the comment link below.

Crust: ***
Sauce: ****
Cheese: ****
Toppings: *****
Value: *****

Extreme Pizza Kitchen – 2906 James Street, Syracuse – 434-9999
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Perhaps being an engineer makes me too picky, but I'm in search of really GREAT pizza in Syracuse.
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14 Responses to Extreme Pizza Kitchen, Syracuse (Eastwood)

  1. ryan cleland says:

    i am the owner, and first off i have to thank you for the review and publicity. i am always open to hear pizza lovers opinions and anything i could do better. as far as the cheese goes i only use 100% grande loaf. again thank you for the support and i look foward to becoming a huge staple and supporting business in the eastwood community.
    sincerely, ryan cleland
    owner extreme pizza kitchen

    • pizzageek says:

      Thanks for the comments, Ryan. I did some research online and see that Grande is a pretty popular cheese for pizza. I also learned that a number of things can affect how much oil separation you get – it isn’t solely the cheese that determines it. So, my comment about upgrading the cheese may not be valid. Maybe it’s the oven style, temperature, interaction with sauce, or other unknown factors.

      All I know is that cheese at some pizza places does not separate much, does not brown, and it maintains a soft texture even when cooled significantly. How they accomplish this is something I’d like to know.

      For what it’s worth, I do suggest that just a little more cheese, and thicker sliced toppings could improve the Pizza Geek rating to 4.5.

      Good luck with the business!

  2. ryan cleland says:

    to all my current customers and soon to be, keep stoping in for the weekly food give aways, and heads up for july grand opening grand prize give away.

  3. Love IT!!!! says:

    This is a great place to order pizza!! The employees there are curteous and the delivery is exceptional! Very short wait and the pizza is alway hot when received!! The prices are very affordable and the pizza taste great! This is my new favorite place to order pizza!!!

  4. Brian says:

    By 4/30/11 Extreme Pizza Kitchen will have a website which can be located at… http://www.ExtremePizzaKitchen.com. I had the pleasure of meeting with Ryan, the owner, briefly today to discuss the website.

    Be sure to visit the site and sign up for email alerts to specials. You won’t be able to order online but the site will contain the full menu, customer comments, the email alert option to opt-in, etc.

    Enjoy the pie and all the other tasty offerings of Extreme Pizza Kitchen in Eastwood. Ryan appears to take a good deal of pride in pleasing customers and I’m confident this blog and your comments will help him to nail customer satisfaction.

  5. Extreme Pizza Kitchen has a website now. It’s poppin’. No. Wait. That was something else. Anyway, check it out at http://www.ExtemePizzaKitchen.com. Your comments and suggestions for the site are welcomed.

  6. SUSAN says:

    Doughy, almost undercooked crust, very sparse sauce, overall bland – tried it twice too.

  7. Kay says:

    My family tried this twice now …The first time we were all VERY happy with the taste of this pizza …The 2nd time we ordered everyone still very much enjoyed the taste , however I thought the crust on this particular pie needed to be just a tiny bit thicker to hold up to the toppings … overall one of our favorites …we will order there again

  8. chris says:

    I’ve tried this place a couple times and have had very “extreme” experiences. The first time the pizza was slightly overdone and they didn’t have a very wide selection of drinks. The second time, the dough was so tough that it literally hurt to chew… Definitely not worth a third try or a recommendation to friends or family in the area. btw what’s up with the change in hours of operation?

  9. samantha says:

    I come to this pizza place about 3-4 times a week, and i must say that the pizza is anything but inconsistent! Common sense is that if you get a ton of toppings with fresh vegetables it’s gonna be heavier than a cheese slice therefore use two hands this is the same for any pizza place not just extreme..lol but i have recommended this food to all my friends and family that i can and they all enjoy it just as much as i do. The staff is comical they are also very personable the few times I’ve showed up early for my food they have always conversed with me asking me what i think and even have taken on a few of my salad ideas. they want to be apart of this community not just another pizza place out for a profit, I even bring the soccer team i coach in after practice. I honestly could not have asked for a better place to open up in this area.

  10. Patrick says:

    Bummer! They have since closed. This was some of the best pizza in the land! I do look forward to them opening in a new location. They will be missed until then.

  11. WBClassics says:

    Extreme Pizza Kitchen is now located in Camillus at 4106 West Gennesee Street. New phone # is 315.214.3772.

    I’ve had their pizza maybe half a dozen times, and have found it to be consistent each time. Consistency is the hallmark of a good pizza shop. The pizza ingredients and toppings are always applied in decent proportions, and I have not had any issues with undercooking or overcooking. They do use canned mushrooms, which I’ve complained about in the past, however they are well drained and do not taste excessively of vinegar. Good crust and sauce taste / texture. Prices are reasonable, unlike many of the overpriced pizza shops around.

    I agree with the PizzaGeek on this review, a solid 4 out of 5. I hope these guys stick around.

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