Ovenella Pizza Boca Raton

Another pizza place decided to open up on the Federal Highway corridor of downtown Boca Raton where Saba was, Cavallino was, and what seems like several others. After many failed attempts for restaurants to make it in this location, a new place decided to redo the restaurant yet again, and make a go at it. […]

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Ovenella Pizza Boca Raton

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Another pizza place decided to open up on the Federal Highway corridor of downtown Boca Raton where Saba was, Cavallino was, and what seems like several others. After many failed attempts for restaurants to make it in this location, a new place decided to redo the restaurant yet again, and make a go at it. The latest place is called Ovenella. Originally, Ovenella in Boca Raton was supposed to just be a new “artisan” pizza place. I guess using the word artisan would make them feel fancy and try to separate them from the other pizza places located in the immediate vicinity such as Tucci’s Pizza, Table 42, Speranza and the like. Somehow they decided to not only focus on pizza and instead offer a full menu and bar. Personally I like this idea since the competition of having some great pizza places around you might be too immense to survive.

Ovenella was beautiful inside. It appears no expense was spared during the redesign. The bar was fully stocked, and looked sleek, the restaurant was airy, open, and spotless, and you just couldn’t help but feel comfortable inside. Although Andy (who I ate with) begged to differ, I thought the hostess was extremely nice and attentive. Not only did she seat us, but she took it upon herself to help out the waiter and bring us our water.

When our server came over to the table he seemed a bit unsure and nervous, which is understandable since they only opened three days before I got there to review the pizza. The server even went into explaining (without us asking) how they are a full Italian Cuisine restaurant, which was supposed to only be a pizza place at first. He explained that they have a wood fired oven that burns white oak. This is a winning combination at many pizza places in recent times. I liked how they make it clear that they use Caputo 00 flour on their menu. This is probably the best flour to use when making pizza, so I was anxious to try a pie and see if the rest of the pizza was made with such good ingredients. The three cheeses that Ovenella has on their menu are actually made in house. They seem to take pride in this, so I thought I would highlight that here as well. Our server continued to tell us, and I quote “you won’t find a pizza like this in Boca Raton, it is the best”. Well….not exactly the thing to say to someone who is looking to find the best pizza to, you just set yourself an unobtainable bar. He also asked us to leave reviews on the web about the food, which was truly weird since we hadn’t even gotten our orders in yet. Little did he know that he would get his review wish. I even tried to explain to him that I found out about their opening from a tip to this website, but he didn’t seem to even care.

Andy and I, ordered some appetizers. I got some french fries and he got something I cannot remember to pronounce. I ordered a coke with no ice, and was upset to find it was one of those small aluminum soda bottles. You know, the kind that restaurants use to try and appear fancy, when it is actually something that makes me think they are cheap. You know, the kind that they charge $2.75 for when they are the size of a can of soda, in a beautifully shaped disguised bottle. Oh wait, a can has 12 fl ounces and these bottles only had 8.5. I can see why they chose to serve these and charge $2.75 for them.

While waiting for the pizza, I noticed the manager seemed so nervous and intense as he walked around. He was very curious how we found out about it. In my opinion the way he was overly involved and walking around made me feel a bit uncomfortable. I wish he was more attentive to the stale bread they just served us. None of us could really eat it.

Our server came back and asked us if there was anything we needed, and Andy said “ummmm the appetizers perhaps”, and our server said they will be right out. He was correct, they were coming right out, right out at the same time as our pizza. We explained we no longer wanted them, and that they were appetizers to eat before our meal. The waiter actually told Andy he put in his order too late, but it made no sense since we both ordered the appetizers at the same time. The server should have known better than to try to tell the customer he/she was wrong, and if they were in fact wrong, he should have told them when they ordered the appetizers that they would take longer than the pizza, or actually get a lightbulb that went off in his head and place the pizza order in after the appetizers. Needless to say we didn’t have our appetizers.

We heard the gentleman behind us complaining that his pizza didn’t have enough cheese, and his server responded with “next time you should mention that you want extra cheese”. With a response like that, I doubt there will be a next time, in my opinion. The staff should explain to all when ordering pizza, that it might be different than other places and make them aware of what is to come.

When the pizza arrived, I completely understood what the guy behind me meant by lack of cheese. In my opinion…this pizza looked like a glorified pita with some random sauce, and globs of fresh cheese that were way too thick, and way too undercooked. The sauce had almost zero flavor (I am sure they used fresh tomatoes, of the quality kind and just failed to season them properly). The crust was actually really tasty, but once again it had the texture of a pita bread. The cheese definitely tasted freshly made, but the way they applied it was awful, and there was almost no taste to it as well. So with relatively no taste to the sauce and the cheese, it did not make for a winning combination in my opinion. This pie definitely needed the oregano that was generously applied to the top.

Although the pie was thin enough, and at 12 inches, I didn’t finish it. Not because I couldn’t, but because it really wasn’t a pie I loved. I boxed most of it and just wanted to get out of there. When the bill came at $76.15, I started to wonder how and if this place will make it. I sure hope they do, because it would be nice to have a chic dining experience in this portion of Boca Raton. The owners deserve to make money here since they obviously have taken great pride in what they are trying to do. We couldn’t even pay the check as we wanted to since their Micros machine wasn’t working, and that was quite a nuisance. I should note, my wife really did enjoy her fish, so maybe if I go back I will try some pasta etc. Unfortunately I would not try the pizza again, unless they make some serious improvements to the pie. We actually went to another pizza place afterwards, since we were still hungry and craving some good pie.

In my opinion, they should sweeten up the sauce, thin out the cheese and cook it longer. The crust is fine as it is. I would also get some fountain beverages in there. I would also suggests that they lay off the customers a little bit and stop micro managing everything they are doing. The staff could benefit from some additional training (call us in guys, we would be happy to help) and I would never suggest leaving a review before the meal comes out.

Ovenella in Boca Raton, gets 3 out of 8 slices for this visit, and I TRULY hope they change things around a little bit, since I can tell they genuinely care about the place.

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21 Responses to “Ovenella Pizza Boca Raton”

  • Debbie Plinta wrote:
    26 May 2011 at 2:56 am

    I actually had a terrific experience with this brand new restaurant. I thought it was very unique, and the staff was doing their best considering that the restaurant was only open for three days. I had the garlic lovers pizza and it was very tasty and flavorful. I will definetly be returning to try other items off the menu.

  • Craig (lapp) wrote:
    26 May 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Like I said Deb, I thought the place was really nice inside. Even though the place was open for three days (I mentioned that) they were still open! If they weren’t prepared to serve people they shouldn’t have unlocked the doors just yet. 

    We will ultimately go back as well, but I will avoid the pizza personally. I would like to try out some pasta.

  • Anonymous wrote:
    26 May 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I get so frustrated with those bottles/cans of Coke.  If I see the server bringing them over and I can catch them before they break the seal, I always refuse it and have them bring me plain ole water instead. I just can’t justify spending the $2-3 on a can of soda. Especially those small ones!

  • Boxdebra wrote:
    27 May 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Why not give them a chance. I ate there and the food was terrific I had the pizza, Salad and the drinks were outstanding. I think you are making a mistake with your opinion quite harsh.

  • RS wrote:
    27 May 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I found the food delicious and the atmosphere very pleasing. Boca crowd is tuff on new restaurants. Ovenella is a great new addition and will do well.

  • J wrote:
    31 May 2011 at 12:09 am

    Great pizza the only place besides tuccis i would bother eating pizza there and its a nice build out.  i got the neopolitano 

  • Maxdonel wrote:
    05 Jun 2011 at 5:45 pm

    The food is amazing, I had the best lobster ravioli I ever had (and I had a lot) and the best deserts.
    Don’t miss the coktails, the bar tender is an artist.

  • ales wrote:
    20 Jun 2011 at 4:17 pm


  • Ksolis5 wrote:
    18 Jul 2011 at 4:10 pm

    This review was terrible. I stopped reading after the coke photo. I skimmed through the rest of the nonsense. Its apparent the reviewer is (for lack of better words) full of it. I didn’t find it interesting nor did I find it even believable. I felt that the reviewer wrote this article with intentions of misinforming other patrons. Sounds like the most miserable person in the world. This review was not worth reading and quite frankly, I would not take anything from it. They say any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain…..most fools do!

  • Craig (lapp) wrote:
    18 Jul 2011 at 4:18 pm

    So I take it you work there?

    Sent From iPhone

  • Craig (lapp) wrote:
    18 Jul 2011 at 4:25 pm

    The regular food seemed fine (at least what arrived) but the pizza was sub-par and the photos don’t lie. Hopefully they will improve

  • Ksolis5 wrote:
    18 Jul 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Nope, but I live nearby. Not everyone posting comments in disagreement with the review works there.

  • Craig (lapp) wrote:
    18 Jul 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Just seems like you were quite passionate about how miserable I am, and usually that is because you have personal involvement. I am glad to see they have such loyal fans like you to leave comments that are so angry and heartfelt.  Anyways I didn’t call them miserable, or full or it, I just stated the truth. Not all reviews will be the way YOU want them to read. My pizza was awful, period. Because THEY made bad pizza that night, forgot my appetizers etc, doesn’t make my review not worth reading.

  • Ksolis5 wrote:
    19 Jul 2011 at 12:17 am

    Just as you had an opinion…so did I.  Thanks for reading! =)

  • IL wrote:
    23 Jul 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I also had a very pleasant experience there. Next time you should try their apple tart desert…delicious!!!

  • Bob wrote:
    03 Aug 2011 at 1:41 pm

    wow wata dick . food critics are by far the worst people on the planet. go killyourself

  • Joe lmallette wrote:
    30 Sep 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Who ever wrote this article should stick to Dominos or Papa John’s. I think it’s more your speed.

  • Craig (lapp) wrote:
    30 Sep 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Joe, you honestly can look at that pie above and tell me it looks delicious to you, and then tell me to stick to Domino’s?

  • Troyb wrote:
    01 Jan 2012 at 7:45 pm

    There’s nothing wrong with this review, the author obviously had a bad experience and just stated what happened. Next time somebody wants to rant about how mean a food critic is, why not provide examples of where they went wrong? This is an objective review that I’m glad to read before I visit and make my own decision. At least I’ll know to ask for fully cooked cheese (see what I did there, referencing the article?).

  • Craig (lapp) wrote:
    01 Jan 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Thanks Troy! Usually when someone leaves a review like the guy did below, it is because they work there, or are family and try to belittle my opinion of their food and/or service. Instead of calling me miserable, they should instead focus on the quality they provided me.

  • Sharky wrote:
    19 Jul 2012 at 12:32 pm

    We ate at Ovenella the other night hoping for a quality pizza.  We were surprised how bad it really was.  I see reviews below about other entrees so maybe we ordered the wrong thing.  The place is very nice.  They obviously spent some money to decorate.  They must not be paying the chef to do his job.  Our pizza was like soggy dough.  We tried to tell our waiter and he seemed to not want to hear it.  It was a really surpising experience.