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.
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