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Posted by cpfood on 05/27/2006
Anyway, for those that are intersted, most of the food that we ordered was very good. Pizza in particular was excellent.
Posted by Michael on 05/24/2006
So....to all of you complaining you can't get your bucatini pasta substituted with spaghetti, or why can't we have a side of tomato sauce, or why can't I just go in the kitchen and cook my own dish. Well, let me put it to you this way, if you wanted to cook your own dish, you should have stayed at home. But, you didn't, you went out to eat, at a restaurant owned by one of the top chef's in the world. And what do you do when you go eat at somebody's place for dinner, do you complain about what you want substituted and how you want it .....no..you don't. Look, there are literally hundreds of Italian restaurants in NYC that do the same thing, and will bend to your every whim.....Otto does something different. And they uncompromisingly do it their way, and the people that get it.....GET IT. And keep coming back. It supposed to be loud, cramped, dark,....it's a pizza place! That also happens to have the best gelato & cheese plate in the city. And also one of the best wine lists in NYC as well. There are a lot of things they won't "allow" you to do at Otto, but then....it wouldn't be Otto, and a chef with his own vision of how HIS food should be served. You always have the option of a thousand other restaurants in NYC that will serve you the same Penne all Vodka just how they made it for you in Jersey at The Olive Garden. But if you want to try something different and not be controlling, try Otto.
Posted by Anonymous food critic on 05/19/2006
After being disappointed time and time again, my boyfriend and I have decided that we have made out last trip to otto. First of all, the food is overrated. The chef also has an unbelievable ego. He refused to tailor our selections to our taste. For example, many of the pizzas are not prepared with tomato sauce. Our waiter wouldn't even serve it to us on the side. Besides, there was apparently a shift change that took place among the servers in the midst of us ordering our meal. We were left unattended for 45 min and our food took min to arrive. with the wrong order. When we asked the alternate server that brough our food over where our waiter was, he circumvented our question and proceeded to suggest that we should have tried to notify him sooner. Needless to say, we left without tipping.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/15/2006
Went to Otto last night for the first time. The pizza was really average and the gelato and wine list were amazing (as someone mentioned below). The staff was nice but it was difficult to get our waitress's attention. There were children everywhere which is very good for young families but may not be for everyone.
Posted by Foodie on 05/09/2006
I have been to Otto before and really enjoyed it about a year ago. This time I ordered and had it delivered. We ordered a bunch of the pizzas. It was cold, no toppings, and just flat out not appealing. I will not eat or order from them again.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/18/2006
I've been to Otto's several times and I have never been disappointed despite the negative reviews I have seen here. Their wine list is outstanding, the food is great, and the gelato is fantastic. It is true that there is generally a wait for a table but the bar is a perfect place for drinks before dinner and you can order appetizers there as well.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/03/2006
Although I enjoyed my meal at Otto, there are many better valued Italian restuarants in the city. The food is decent, but not particularly astounding. However, the cheese platter is very good. The restuarant is usually very crowded and noisy.