Hot Oven Pizza and Pasta
As my food-blogging has been geared more towards seeking out great Asian fare, I’ve lost track of where to go for some great pizza. My regular delivery is from Pizza Factory on 6th St. in Burnaby…they make a damn fine pie. One of their other locations (on Kingsway, attached to Saffron) has the biggest and best slices I’ve ever tasted.
Last year, Sherman posted about Hot Oven Pizza & Pasta and their hefty pizzas. The one part of his review that stuck out was that this place makes a big pizza. This isn’t deep-dish but comes real close.
Hot Oven is located in one of those places you’ll probably blast right past if you didn’t know it was there. It’s on the southwest corner of Holdom & Hastings in North Burnaby.
The small space they inhabit is primarily for take-out and delivery. One fellow making the pies…another helping out and making deliveries. I placed my take-out order and was told it would take 30 minutes. Usually, that’s a delivery time. That means, to me, these guys are busy…a good sign.
Today’s choice was the Hot Oven Select. For a first-time visit, ya gotta go with the za with the place name!
This is one weighty pizza! The Hot Oven Select consists of Italian sausage, salami, peppers, red onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, feta, pesto and a load of mozzarella. Figuring the pizza came with tomato sauce I switched up tomatoes for pineapple. Turns out the sauce wasn’t tomato but pesto. That changed the flavour balance completely. Very unique and way more savoury.
After it’s cooked, the pizza is brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with parsley and parmesan. I would’ve preferred oregano but those additional touches were a nice bonus. The crust has a nice crunch…great texture inside and out. It has a nice, light consistency, yet strong enough to hold up to the weight of the toppings. No grease slick in sight. These guys seem to have mastered the perfect crust.
Aside from the additional touches and the sheer volume of the pizza, I was pleasantly surprised at the price. On the menu at the website the large version of this pizza was listed at $23.50. When I got there to pick it up, it was down to $19.95. One last point on the heftiness of these pies. I could only muster two pieces. Two. Three grown men didn’t finish one large pizza. That’s exceptional value and extraordinary za.