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Posted by big eater on 12/27/2006
I didn't enjoy the pizza. My friends and i shared a few, including the one with the egg on it, which was act. The best one, but the rest of the entree's were not impressive. Sub par even, but the cheese was fantastic! The wine was great, although it was not as full bodied as i would have liked, but overall, appetizers good, entrees, not so much.
Posted by Jackson on 11/12/2006
I definitely recommend this spot for wine and appetizers after work. Its a great place to relax and enjoy some good wine and cheese (highly recommend the brunello and the cheese sampler). Also, love the delicious jams and honey that they serve with the bread. It can definitely get crowded but if you can score a seat at the bar or along the windows you can stay there for a while...or atleast until they turn up the music. ps--George, the server and sommelier, is the best.
Posted by amy on 10/29/2006
Otto is more about a great place to meet for a glass or two of good Italian wines than it is about the food. I was with a relatively large group, and with our reservation only waited about 15 minutes for our table on a Saturday night. Service was good and also prompt. The menu is limited to salads, small side dishes such as brussel sprouts and rock shrimp, pizzas and pastas. Having just returned from a week in Italy, I have to say that the pastas were good - very al dente and tasty. However, the portions of both the sides and pastas are really small! The prices seem reasonable until the plates arrive. Sides are served in small ceramic bowls and are just enough to taste for two people. The pastas were appetizer portions and we could not believe how small they are - pasta is an inexpensive food item and serving such tiny portions is unacceptable and screams "cheap" to me. The pizzas are individually sized and we had no issue with those. The homemade gelato is pretty good but not enough to fill our bellies. We would not go back - I know it's a popular place but there are loads of better Italian restaurants with wonderful wine choices in Manhattan.
Posted by Anon on 10/25/2006
The only draw to this place must be the ability to accommodate large groups (kind of like Carmines). If you really need to go here, stick to the wine list and antipasta selections. I love and eat all levels of italian cuisine -- from typical nyc mom and pop shops (Arturo's, Lombardi's, Joe's, Ben's) to fine dining (L'Impero, Esca, Babbo) and without a doubt the pizzas and pastas here are disapointing.
Posted by Richie B. on 10/24/2006
Decidedly sub-mediocre to mediocre fare is what you'll find if you buy into the Mario hype and eat here. If this guy is an "Iron Chef", where do I sign up to challenge him? I've given Otto three chances to impress me, and ordered a broad range of dishes. Three strikes. Most disappointing of all are the pizzas. Blah.
Posted by The Villager on 10/22/2006
We went here for a birthday party last night and have to say that this is a great place for that sort of thing. The waiting area/bar is all standing areas with long bar tables reminiscent of a train station in Europe. By the time you get to your table (which was a long wait, but I was too busy going through bottles of wine) you are already packing a full buzz and ready to eat. Parties of 11 or more have a prix fixe menu of antipasti, four pizzas and gelato for $40/person, not a bad deal. The pizzas were all good, but not great. The ice cream was unbelievable, try the olive oil flavor. The best part was the antipasti. Both the prosciutto and carpaccio were amazing, very good cuts of meat. I would recommend coming here with a bunch of friends expecting to get loaded on bottles of vino and loads of pizza and pasta.
Posted by Fantasia is Back on 10/15/2006
Sorry for the repetition, but we waited at least 90 minutes past our reservation on a Friday night. If you are starving for Italian, look elsewhere. Dependable wine list. Plan to buy several bottles of wine, not only to fit in, but also to help manage the wait. Plan to leave hungry.