Saturday night, TJ took me to this place out in the middle of nowhere, called Ancient Ovens. It really is in the middle of nowhere. We took a wrong turn and ended up circling a driveway, middle of nowhere. In all reality, we really just turned short of the giant sign. We’ve heard such good things about Ancient Ovens, and they had just opened their lodge for the winter season. It’s supposed to have a great outdoor venue for warmer weather but our anniversary is in winter so I wasn’t going to complain. I had been bugging him about building our own pizza oven (thanks Pinterest), and he made the reservations for us to experience it first hand.
There’s a couple things to know before you go:
1. You have to make a reservation, unless you get very lucky and a party cancelled the day of.
2. They only serve water and tea but you can bring coolers of your own drinks which is great because there’s a couple of wineries near the premises.
3. It’s seated European style, so since we were a party of two, we sat at a four person table which meant we would be sat with another couple, which was a little intimidating.
4. Two courses are brought to you and two are set up buffet style.
5. The lighting was low for ambiance, so with my iPhone camera, my pictures aren’t the best quality.
We were lucky enough to be sat with a young couple from Wichita Falls who didn’t mind chatting with us throughout the evening. The place was packed and they told us they were able to squeeze in without a reservation because of a cancellation.
The first course was Spinach Dip and Artisan bread. I was worried about it because TJ isn’t a big Spinach Dip fan but it was delicious. It was also the first course where you serve yourself. The bread could have been warmer in my opinion, but the dip was fresh out of the oven and bubbling hot. The great thing about Ancient Ovens is that you can keep going back for more during the buffet courses.
The second course was “Italian Teardrops”. They serve you this one and TJ was not a fan but I could have eaten the whole pan. They’re little pasta purses stuffed with green olives and cream cheese, thrown in the oven and cooked until they’re crispy and perfect.
Third was the pizza. Served buffet style, immediately pulled from the 700-800 degree oven, the pizzas cook within one to two minutes so no matter how many people they’re serving, you’re never waiting on pizza in line. It was a constant cycle and they worked as a well oiled machine. Fifteen to twenty different types of pizza. Plus, you get to keep going back for more.
Lastly, was a dark chocolate calzone. You get two pieces which is so perfect because it’s rich enough where you don’t need more. You get all of this for $20 a person. It’s not so much a kid atmosphere, you have to pay extra for children. It was delicious, perfect for families getting together or double dates. We will definitely be going back.
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