Certain pizza shops have various distinctives. Black Knights Pizzeria takes its name from the nearby Henninger High School Black Knights, and a lot of the foot traffic after school brings students right past the shop. Also, it claims a very large delivery area, from Liverpool to DeWitt, Mattydale to South Campus (free within 2 miles, “small charge” elsewhere), and is open until 3am Friday and Saturday nights. There are no tables, so this is a delivery and takeout operation only.
When I visited on a very hot & steamy afternoon, there were no lights on, and no air conditioning. I could only see one pizza behind the counter. My cheese slice ($1.50 including tax), was served without any offer of re-heating.
The slice was from a 16″ pie, and had a good deal of oven soot particles on the bottom. In addition, there was an excess of corn meal on the bottom, and even sides and top of the relatively small crust rim. The crust was somewhat chewy, and had moderate crispiness.
This was an unusual sauce. It appeared to be “homemade,” with visible tomato chunks and good tomato taste, but there was an extremely heavy spice load, the most I’ve ever seen (click the picture for a closeup). According to a poster in the shop, the cheese was Grande, and it had the usual Grande oil separation.
Overall, the soot and cornmeal were a bit unappetizing, and eating it “cold” wasn’t so great. The sauce showed some promise, but needs a lot less spice. The Pizza Geek gives it a rating of 3 out of 5 slices.
** UPDATE ** – Several weeks later I stopped in to see if things had improved. The counter has been moved to give the kitchen more room, it was brightly lit, and three employees were present. They reheated it without being asked. The pizza still came out with lots of corn meal on the bottom and rim of the crust. If the oven is not cleaned often, the accumulated corn meal burns and becomes soot on the crust, and that was still the case on the return visit. The crust and cheese were the same as before, but I’m happy to say the sauce was much better – the spice level was under control. I am upgrading the rating slightly to 3.5.
Summary – Pros: open late, huge delivery area. Cons: sooty crust, excess corn meal, overspiced sauce.
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Black Knights Pizzeria – 825 Teall Ave, Syracuse – 422-3663