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Posted by Patrick on 05/28/2007
We had lunch today at Otto and now I read the reviews here and wonder if we were at the wrong place? Pizzas that were "tasteless", "ruined", or "tasted like carpet"? Are they kidding. In my humble opinion if anyone thinks that, they should stick with those thick soggy day old slices from a Times Square window. We shared an Otto white pizza with goat cheese and asparagus and a classic red sauce one with arugula and proscuitto. Both were wonderful, great thin crusts, bursting with flavors from the fresh and abundant ingredients. We're anxious to go back. These were probably the best pizzas we've had in New York -- coal oven or not.
Posted by Noga Rosenthal on 05/27/2007
The best gelato in the city with unusual flavors such as olive oil and corn. Gelato can be picked up for take out. Great cheese selection for appetizer. A bit loud though- so not recommended for romantic dates. Good for big groups.
Posted by Shawn on 04/27/2007
Sure it seems reasonable but the wine is served in a caraff (glass and a half) at like $20..not worth it. Pizzas- all were inedible. Who thought one could ruin pizza. Tomato sauce was tasted just wet- no taste. Cheese didnt seem fresh, it was like Kraft not fresh. The pizza dough was like eating a carpet- no taste at all. As for the pastas...all were too aldente and hard, had tasteless sauces. Only highlight was the cheeses and the dips that come with them. Gelato was like icemilk in a chinese place. Scene was cool but loud from clanking glasses and a crowded auditorium feel.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/09/2007
My cousin brought us here for some wine and cheese. It sounds simple, but it was simply fantastic. Part of it was the company that we had. The service was helpful and attentive. The wine seemed chosen just for my palate and the cheese assortment wasn't too strong. Oh and paired with truffle honey, YUM! I'll be dreaming about truffle honey all week. The atmosphere is young, perfect for a nice get together with friends.
Posted by frequent NYC diner on 04/08/2007
Overall our Sat night dinner experience was pretty good: we were seated shortly after arriving on time for our reservation, the food was quite good (especially given the reasonable pricing) and the service was ok for such a busy place. Despite the good food/service experience no one in our party of 6 will return because of the noise. Noise is an understatement for the volume level. I would put the decibel level between the Killers concert at MSG last fall and an Indy or Formula 1 car race. The restaurant would be acceptably loud on a crowded night but on top of the crowd they insist on blaring odd dinner music (Black Eyed Peas?). There are speakers everywhere & when we asked the waiter if the speaker directly over our table could be turned down he explained somewhat apologetically that "they like it loud" and nothing was done. We had a laugh with the couple at the table next to us who like us were amazed that anyone could deem the noise level acceptable. Maybe they keep things loud to discourage lingering? I see a similar Sat night review posted - maybe whoever runs the restaurant on weekends is partially deaf? If they aren't now, they will be soon!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/05/2007
The amazing gianduia hot chocolate has been deep sixed! I schlepped 15 blocks in the freezing rain to get one of the best hot choclates in the city and they don't serve it anymore. The bartender just looked at my companion and I and said "uh...I do not think we have that anymore." Since when did this happen? Oh well, it won't stop me from returning again. The food is always good and the chocolate budino I had in lue of the hot chocolate was very good.
Posted by Bob on 04/05/2007
I know Saturday nights can be difficult but from the moment our party of eight arrived, front room staff seemed uninterested in responding to any queries. When we were finally seated the music was so loud the hostess had trouble hearing my request to possibly turning the music down a few decibles. After drinks were ordered 4 slices of great bread (Sullivan St. Bakery?) arrived for 8 people. Music continued to blast so I went to the front to speak to a manager. When he arrived & I stated that conversation was difficult with music so loud. His response was, "it gives the place its energy." I simply turned and went back to my table. Although I love the food & the concept ( small plates to try different choices) I will not go back. Totally rude.