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!


Anducci’s Cucina

Have you ever sat down in a restaurant you’ve never been to, perused the menu and agonized over what to pick? You know there’s a whole slew of good things to pick from but you simply can’t make up your mind. When the server starts taking everyone’s order, you still haven’t decided. A weird sort of pressure sets in. You wait until the whole table has ordered and then pick something random, something you know was the wrong choice. Well, at a recent Friday lunch, that’s exactly what happened.

This particular week, we decided to switch things up a bit. Instead of our usual Asian fare we selected Anducci’s Cucina on Hastings in Burnaby. So, naturally, I checked out their on-line menu and narrowed my choice down to a couple of options. After settling in at our table we were given the menu. Actually, we were given their “New” menu. Now, being the procrastinator that I am, this meant a whole new study was in order. After a whole lot of humming and hawwing I blurted out my pick. When the server agreed it was a good choice, I was momentarily relieved.