Moving down Marshall Street just a few steps, we come to Cosmos Pizza & Grill. Cosmos has been at this location for 47 years, meaning that some of their earliest customers could now be bringing their grandchildren here! This is a very mature diner with great personality, and an exceptionally deep menu of great food from breakfast through late night. I couldn’t possibly do justice to Cosmos if I tried to fully describe it, so I’ll refer you to their excellent web site.
I’ve never been to Cosmos before - I was surprised to find that table service was the norm, even for a single slice purchase. It’s a lot bigger than it looks from the street. There is a traditional diner counter, and a lot of booths stretching back away from the street. Pizza making operations are right up front, making carryout easier. Delivery is also available.
This cheese slice is a 1/8th cut from a 16″ pie ($1.48 + tax), with a quite good thin crust that had very little rim; it was stiff, crispy and well-browned. The sauce was very rich, with a well-developed tomato taste, medium-strong spice load, strong garlic notes, and some lingering aftertaste. Cheese was just right – not heavy, and only slightly oily.
Overall, this pizza had a good deal of “personality.” What do I mean by that? If you lined up all the pizzas I’ve sampled for this blog (about 35 so far), I could easily identify it in a blind taste test. The thing that stands out is the spicy sauce. Some people will love that, others will be a little overwhelmed – everyone has their preference. As spice goes, it isn’t exceptionally strong, just stronger than you’ll usually find. To keep it in perspecitve, the sausage or pepperoni you get at many pizza restaurants will be spicier than this sauce. Even so, the Pizza Geek does recommend this pizza, and I’ll give it a grade of 4 out of 5 slices.
Summary – Pros: complex flavor, table service, inexpensive. Cons: stronly spiced sauce (a pro for some).
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Cosmos Pizza & Grill - 143 Marshall Street, Syracuse – 472-6766