I came here with some friends after hearing about these guys on Twitter.
It's a small place, designed for mostly take-out orders. There is a table and some seats for waiting customers, so we decided to eat-in.
We ordered the carnivore pizza large, with lasagna, and salad, as part of the family combo, around $40, kinda steep.
The salad came first. It was a ceasar salad, I think, with some almonds added to the mix. They served it in a silver mixing bowl, brought to our table, by unfriendly staff. It tasted pretty mild, in fact everything we ordered tasted pretty mild.
The lasagna came some time after in a aluminum tray. It wasn't like a lasagna that we expected. We're used to eating very cheesey, thick lasagna. The one we ordered just fell apart lacked flavor.
We waited a little longer for the pizza. Luckily there's a TV there and the film Juno was playing.
The pizza finally arrived, plopped on our table in a takeout pizza box, even though we're eating in. The server didn't speak, and didn't even say "enjoy". Very impersonal for a small business to really not be very enthusiastic about what they're serving.
The pizza was hot, and topped with lots of meats, processed meats. Immediately I did notice that the pizza was lacking tomato sauce flavor. in fact, the pizza had very little tomato sauce, and it was very mild tasting. Good pizza is always about the sauce, as the toppings come second.
Also, the pizza at Hot Oven isn't exactly deep-dish in the traditional sense. It was not served in a circular tray, it not very thick either, the crust was forgettable, and hard overcooked. Deep Dish traditionally you're supposed to eat with a fork and knife. We asked for a fork, and they said they didn't have any forks...
I have never been to Chicago, but from watching no reservations, I can see that Hot Oven Pizza isn't anything like Chicago Deep Dish. It is okay for what it is, but not the best pizza in town. A strange variation of pizza.