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Posted by Bunny on 08/31/2007
Went for a birthday party with some friends on a Thursday night, it was a bit crowded and loud at the bar, but we ate up there anyway. The food was fantastic, I had the Prociuto Pizza wih Arugala wich was amazing, my friend had the Pecorino with egg pizza, which was also great. The wine selection was superb, and the bartender let us taste a few to see which we liked best. Would definitely go back, wonderful service.
Posted by Total Foodie on 08/20/2007
My sister and I tried Otto's this past Saturday afternoon. We walked in without a reservation and were seated right away. We shared all of the seafood appetizer dishes (it was one for $8 or all six for only $21). Each was fantastic! One was grilled calamari with celery, one was rock shrimp with chick peas, one was a kingfish stew with onions, currants, & pine nuts... It's too much to type, but they were all fantastic! We also shared the cucumber fennel salad and the roasted beets. Yum! The grand finale was the combo gelato desserts. Oh my goodness what incredible flavor combinations! We shared 2 because we couldn't choose just one! The first was sweet corn gelato with fresh blueberry compote, a small ball of apricot sorbet, and cut up cubes of polenta cake. The other was ricotta gelato with almond cookie crumble on top, sliced figs (in some kind of delicious sauce), lemon curd on the bottom, and a sort of savory fresh whipped cream on top. The ricotta gelato by itself tasted a bit like goats milk, but with the lemon curd and all the other flavors eaten together, it was truly fantastic! Nothing was too sweet. It was all light and delicious! I seriously can't wait to go back! I would order everything all over again! Although i'm really curious to try some of the other gelato combinations..! Our waitress was also very charming and attentive as were the busboys. 2 Thumbs up!
Posted by bad experience on 08/17/2007
We were a party of about 15-20 people. The service was poor especially the bartender. He was not very accomodating and obviously could not handle a large party. We ordered a lot of food and drinks throughout the night. The clam pizza and the prosciutto were great. We had asked the bartender for a Pilsners beer, and he told us that he was out. A few minutes later we saw him pouring it for other people at the bar. When we asked him again for a Pilsners, he said it was for takeout orders only. I didn't know that they pour your beer into a glass for takeout orders, seemed odd. Finally he decided an hour later to give us the "takeout Pilsners." The straw that broke the camels back was at the end of the night...he actually had the nerve to ask one of us to give up our seat for someone else to sit to to have dinner. When we spoke to the manager, she wasn't much of a help. Not recommended for a large party.
Posted by elliot and danielle on 08/03/2007
my girlfriend took me here for our 6 months anniversary .at first i was like hells no,but after a couple of drinks the place was pretty cool,the cheese souffle is a must the pasta lil heavy but dessert wine tops off the dinner ,the atmosphere is prettty noisy but were young (not recommended for old folks)but when your with your one true , anywhere you go on your 6 months would be special.....
Posted by nyc foodie on 08/01/2007
Just came in late one evening for some wine and gelatto at the bar! Not a huge fan of the olive oil gelatto, though some swear by it. The wine specials for the evening were lovely and the trio of gelatto I ordered very flavorful. I'll have to try Otto for dinner next time.
Posted by gourmand on 07/27/2007
Resoundingly mediocre food - especially the soggy, bland pizza. Most dishes seem uninspired and poorly executed. I'm honestly perplexed by the glowing reviews.
Posted by lk09 on 07/16/2007
If you are seeking a restaurant with a romantic atmosphere or a place where you can spend hours having an intimate conversation, Otto is not the place for you. And why should it be? Mario Batali named his restaurant Otto enoteca and PIZZERIA for a reason. The atmosphere is relaxed and unadorned, with simple wood tables, red walls, and young, fun servers.While I would never wait an hour and a half on a Friday night to eat there, its a great find for a casual lunch or early dinner during the week. The wines are excellent, and the escarole and sunchoke salad is probably the best salad I have ever had- I now make it at home all of the time! What people don't realize is that Otto creates traditional pizza and food like it's done in Italy. The salads are simply dressed with lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt and pepper- but for once, you can actually taste the quality ingredients, not just the salad dressing. And the pizza is delicious because of its simplicity- just San Marzano tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella. And who said the gelato tastes like ice milk? Have you ever had the gelato in Italy!?? Well you should, its exactly the same, if not better.