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Ninja Turtle pizza? It’s only one of many surprises at the new Black Cat pizzeria

If you haven’t found South Main Village yet, now is the time.

A full house of lunch customers found the new Black Cat Pizza this week, and more restaurants will open within days.

Black Cat Pizza’s new home is at 401 Bryan Ave., a block east of South Main Street in the same Near Southside building with a new sandwich-and-brew shop, Funky Picnic Brewery & Cafe.

Chef Jaime Fernandez made his name at the old 44 Bootlegger restaurant on Magnolia Avenue, then started doing late-night pop-ups inside a nearby bakery.

The new location has an oven tuned specifically for pizza and Black Cat’s billowy, floury crust, not the Neapolitan-thin or New York styles found elsewhere on the south side.

Pizzas one day this week included a pineapple-pork pastor flavor and Black Cat’s “TMNT,” an all-green-veggie pizza named for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Black Cat surprises with flavors such as four-mushroom or smoked squash, so check out the choices. This week’s menu also included pepperoni, mushroom and a “Red Fang” pizza with chorizo, chiles and Thai-chile honey.

The menu also includes sandwiches and salads.

Black Cat Pizza is open for lunch and dinner daily except Sundays; 401 Bryan Ave., facebook.com/blackcatpizzaftw.

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