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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.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/10/2007
I went with a group of 8 for a birthday last night. Everything we ordered was fresh and delicious! With such a large wine menu we asked for a reccomendation from the waiter, and ended up with a great bottle of wine. The cheese platter was a bit small for the price, but it was fantastic. Make sure you taste the olive oil gelato, it's much better than it sounds. Overall we had a great experience, but I have to say that it got very noisy very quickly. If you don't mind that, it should be a great dining experience!
Posted by Jake on 07/07/2007
A complete disappointment. The wine bar area/cheese apps were the only bright spots here. The service was very poor. The waiter never brought out any of the service items we had asked for. Plates, spoons..nothing. I am not hard to please. I like to eat, and RARELY complain..but the pasta looked like something a 6 year old could have made..no taste, zero presentation..the pizzas were plain and over priced. I dont think this is how Mario envisioned this place. Go for the wine and cheese..stay clear of the pizza & pasta.
Posted by Ginge on 07/04/2007
We've been wanting to eat here for a while and finally did last night. I cook better pasta at home; it was tasteless and very oily - at least it wasn't overcooked. The pizza was mediocre at best and the cauliflower side was overcooked and oily. Great wine list, but I'd still skip the restaurant.
Posted by Rob on 07/02/2007
My wife and I have eaten at Otto many times over the past few years. We usually come on the weekends for lunch. We don't need a reservation, and we never have to wait. Let me tell you, I don't know what all these reviewers are expecting, but it's a fun place. Don't come here expecting Babbo and you'll have a good time. The wine selection by the glass(quartrino) is outstanding, the pizzas and antipasti's are good, and the gelato's are great. The service can be hit and miss, depending on who your waiter is, but that's a small complaint. Hey, you even get to see Mario on occasion. Go and have a good time.