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Best Pizza Denver 2009 - The Oven

The Oven

The Oven

7167 W. Alaska Drive

Lakewood, CO 80226

303-934-7600

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Readers' Choice: Anthony's
Mark Tarbell is some kind of pizza genius. We don't know what, exactly, he had to sell to the devil in order to gain his magical pizza-making skills and then apply them to the Oven, but his sacrifice was worth it. Because even with all the fierce and bitter competition in this town over what is essentially some dough, tomato sauce and cheese, the Oven continues not only to serve Denver's best pizza, but to stand far above its closest competitor. The Oven's pies are addictive, always displaying the ideal balance of quality toppings, sauce and crust. And the Belmar restaurant where you get to eat those pizzas is just plain fun — an honest-to-god neighborhood pizza joint that's full of neighborly types from across the city every night.
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11 comments
Chris
Chris

I meant to say Pietra's not Protos. I always mix the names up.

Chris
Chris

I have to agree with a couple other comments here. This place isn't that good at all for the hype and I would never go there again for the what you get for the money. Pizza was just ok, nothing spectacular. Costco's pizza is a bargain and one of the better fast food type pizzas and Virigilos is awesome and reasonably priced especially since the owner is usally there and hands out coupons always. Another great pizza place is Proto's on 44th between Kipling and Wadsworth. Great service and a family run place with great american/italian food overall. They have the best pepperoni if you like the crunchy type.

Rocko S
Rocko S

There is only one place for pizza that is Virgilio's Pizzeria in Lakewood. There cheese pie is the best in this town.

Paul Perly
Paul Perly

I can not agree with Westword on this one. The Oven E Vino restaurant was very mediocre. I love pizza, and last night my wife and I tried it, and we were disappointed. There are several really excellent pizza restaurants in Denver (and Boulder) and this restaurant doesn't come close.

The service was so "efficient" that I thought they were pushing us out of the restaurant. We were still eating our salad when our pizza arrived. How tacky is that?

And unbelievably, the pizza was undercooked.

We were excited to read about the homemade mozzarella, but it turned out to be bland and a little tough. Not the melt in your mouth kind I was expecting (hoping for?).

James
James

Jason you have no idea what good pizza is. Talk about yourself somemore. The Oven again?? WTF. Overpriced cracker pizza that gets soggy in minutes.

Jon S
Jon S

I am originally from Denver and I look forward to coming to The Oven every time I come back - except for today. They changed the pepperoni which was the best pepperoni on any pizza I ever had to a Whole Foods style. From this bad management decision, I will not go back.

PieEater
PieEater

The Oven?, Marco's? Both are blah. You want pizza?, go to the hole-in-the-wall Pantaleone's. Sorry, no hipsters hanging out. Just the best pizza in Denver. You wont stop eating it until you have a full-on-python-ate-a-goat-six-hour-nap bloat. And you'll take home leftovers.

jim
jim

that's because the people who review for Yelp are idiots. That answer your question?

Ry
Ry

There's this website called Yelp.com - real people making real reviews...I'm an avid reviewer. HOW does a place like the Oven (with a 3.5/5 star rating w/ 24 total reviews) beat out the spectaular Marco's Coal Fired Pizzeria (4.5/5 stars w/132 reviews)!? Who voted for the stuff they serve at the Oven!? If you haven't tried them both to compare, you're missing the best pies in the state (@ Marco's)!

Jay Verone
Jay Verone

With all the accolades this place keeps getting I keep trying it but I always come out feeling ripped off. Almost $20 bucks for flour,water,salt and yeast and a stingy alotment of a few toppings. Oh, I forgot, they use "italian flour" which is Caputo flour which isn't that much more expensive. The pizza is just not as good as the hype. I have gotten much better pizzas at much cheaper places without the attitude.

funseeker
funseeker

Best again? Unreal. Next time you're at COSTCO, get a freshly baked HUGE-- EIGHTEEN-INCH combo, cheese, or pepperoni pizza from the snack bar!! You can eat it there (ok, no liquor or atmosphere) or take it home. Costco also has the take-and-bake your own pizzas. We got really tired of these "boutique" pizza places charging up the wazoo for just average food--one day, on a whim, we tried Costco's pizza and were pleasantly surprised.

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