REVIEW: Red Oven Pizza Bakery Is Where to Get Your Pizza Fix
The other day, we finally decided to eat at Red Oven Pizza Bakery located right in the center area of City Walk at Universal Orlando. I’ve walked by it many times, but never had the chance to eat there because we either ate at the park, Cowfish, or just didn’t spend a full day at Universal in general. But on this day, we were seeing a movie and only had a short window of time before having to go into the theater, so a typical sit-down restaurant wasn’t going to cut it. Red Oven Pizza Bakery was the perfect choice!
The restaurant itself isn’t big, but that’s fine. It was dinner time and we didn’t have any problem finding a table. Seating is outdoors, but covered so it was very comfortable.
How it works: Red Oven is sort of like a hybrid table-service in a way. Everything is made fresh to order, which is fantastic! But you don’t have a server per say. You order your food at the counter and then they bring the pizza out to your table when it’s finished. And from what we saw, if you order salad, you take it to your table yourself.
As you can see, the menu isn’t very big, but hey, we’re here for pizza. If you are looking for a full Italian menu, head right next door to Vivo Italian Kitchen! Red Oven’s menu is full of the classic pizza recipes. (I do with they had a meat lovers though.) Also, what you don’t see listed on the menu is their dessert. I noticed very large chocolate chip cookies you could buy, and they were the soft kind.
The pizzas aren’t very big and are pretty thin. I didn’t measure them, but they’re about 12 inch pizzas. There were three of us dining so we ordered two pizzas, but didn’t try the salad this time. Although it looked pretty good. We decided to stick to the Red Pizza for our first time and ordered both the Big Eye Pepperoni and Margherita. The pizza was cooked to perfection. The crust was crispy and not too thin. If you have kids with you, the Big Eye Pepperoni is perfect for them which is no surprise. The Margherita pizza had a nice chunky tomato sauce with fresh mozzarella and basil on top. Both were full of flavor and very tasty. And the three of us were able to eat all of the pizza. The perfect amount of food for us.
As a side note, I ordered a bottled beer of Dogfish Head. They poured it into their draft glass which looked like a 20oz glass and made the bottle amount look lame. For 50 cents less, I couldn’t gotten more beer with a draft Blue Moon. So keep the sizes and pricing in mind if you order a beer with your meal.
Overall, Red Oven Pizza Bakery is a fantastic offering at City Walk. It’s perfect if you’re just leaving the parks but want to grab a bite to eat without settling for the basic fast food offered up on the second level because it isn’t quite table service and isn’t quite quick service either. The pizza is fresh, made to order, and comes out in a timely manner. The service we had was also great. We enjoyed it quite a bit and will definitely be returning to try their other pizza recipes as well as their salads!
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