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Posted by Kendra on 03/09/2008
I know the Mario idea from Mozza in LA - and it's a great idea. What is better than rustic pizza paired with wine? Nothing. Unfortunately the NYC Batali fails big time at delivering. The wine selection IS extensive and although they have way too many $90+ bottles of so-so wines they also have some very affordable good/great wines. That said, the food is not up to par. The pizza comes out from the kitchen cold, cheese rubbery, meats and vegetables not fully cooked, and the result is not acceptable. Too bad because this should be the main draw. Odd too that in LA, at Mozza, where pizza is not as easy to do they get it right. Pasta is not recommended as it is generic in taste and presentation. The gelato IS however a highlight, but odd as it isn't really what you go to Otto for, especially if you're having wine. The restaurant itself is noisy and full which is nice, there is good energy there, but the lighting is bizarre - full on maximum brightness as if you are sitting in a cafeteria at noon. I would recommend this place ONLY for after work/before dinner somewhere else drinks and apps at the bar. In by 7 out by 8.30 and never leave the front of the place and you'll like Otto.
Posted by fuschia on 02/17/2008
Trendy crowd, nice atmosphere, pretty large space. The brussel sprouts appetizer was delicious, as were the Olives (3 kinds). Yummy desserts, fun place.
Posted by anonymous foodie on 02/15/2008
I finally had a chance to go to Otto for dinner after reading several reviews, including one from Zagat, that raved about the delcious pizza and pastas. There was nothing delicious about the food at Otto. The antipasti appetizer was probabaly the tastiest of everything we tried but the pastas were boring with very little flavor and very little substance. The pizza was too crisp and the mushroom topping was overcooked and salty. In fact, everything was salty. The service was poor and the ambiance was lacking. It seemed popular with the NYU students and tourists who were seated around us but definitely not worth the trip for serious foodies.
Posted by John on 01/31/2008
best pizza I have ever had - fun atmosphere (loud though) - highly recommended - best value for the money yet in NYC
Posted by Anonymous on 01/13/2008
The service was absolutely terrible. The entire party arrived a 1/2 hr after the reservation time and as a "punishment" were made to wait 2 1/2 hrs for a table. We had told the hostess on three separate occassions that there would be a fifth joining us and that we would order for them. When seating time came four chairs were placed and that bitter manager came over huffing and puffing about their policy. I told her this was unaccepatble. And that she had to do something after which she claimed that is what she came by to do but if I was more polite and some nonsense of how her mother always told her . . . . catch more flies with honey. i guess Mario never told her the customer is always right. Nonetheless the change was promptly made after she insisted on lecturing me on the need to be polite.
Posted by works for me on 12/31/2007
we arrived early on a sunday, 4:30PM, and after 15 minutes hat seats at the bar. very difficult to get, as people seem to linger here. anyway, the complaints re Otto are unfounded. this is a simple, casual eatery with a nod to traditional italian style. most importantly, pricing is extremely competitive. tell me where else in NYC you'll find a selection of appetizer sides priced at $4 each? or where you'll have an excellent and traditional margherita pizza for $9? Otto delivers exactly on its promise, if you think otherwise maybe you should dine back out in the 'burbs....
Posted by rEViewer on 12/12/2007
I have been here before and it is never great. They try to put too many tables in the main dining room, even for New York City standards. The appetizers were actually really good, but the entrees were not particularly good. Service was alright, but nothing spectacular. There are definitely better restaurants that are better values.