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Posted by tracy on 07/04/2006
My friend eats here all the time, so when i came to nyc from florida, she said i had to try it. we made a reservation for a sunday night at 10pm and were seated immediately (didn't think we would need the reservation, but it was packed, so i'm glad we made it). we started with green olives and caponata and the caponata had us wanting more. prosciutto was paper thin and nice size portion. server was helpful with the wine selection and selected a full bodied red that went well with everything. the pasta puttanesca was good with a very pronounced anchovy flavor. the special sicilian pizza was well balanced and reminded me of thin, crispy crusted pizza i had in italy. we ended with three flavors of gelato: pistachio, mint chocolate chip, and milk chocolate chip. it was creamy and pure; i ended up getting a pint of the pistachio to go. i've been to babbo and lupa, and the value of the food at otto is well-worth it.
Posted by Serena on 06/13/2006
This place is just great. I've been here a few times - had pizza and pasta - perfect each time. Don't forget the amazing wine list and the delicious gelato. The seafood antipasti are just perfect. If you're into thicker crusts and "americanized" pizza, you probably don't want to come here. Pastas are very original, don't ask them to substitute, because they're perfect the way they are. Mmmm, maybe I should order from them now!
Posted by lks on 06/06/2006
I recently went to Otto after my friends raved about the pizza and gelato. They were right. The margherita pizza is ultra thin with incredible tomato sauce and just the right amount of mozzarella and basil. And the olive oil gelato..simply amazing. The food reminded me of the way they make it in Italy, simple and delicious. Beware of the drinks, however. There is an impressive wine list, but an iced tea is $3.50! Service is decent but not amazing. All in all, Otto is a great restaurant!
Posted by sj on 05/31/2006
I agree with most of the reviews here. We had four different kinds of Pizza. The crust was just average by New York City standards. Of course it is much much better than the pizzas at the kitschy chain CPK stores, but we shouldn't compare real fruit to wax fruit. The Gelato is definitely great: Unique flavors which surprised my palate. So if you're thinking of pizza at a franchise chain store, come here instead. If you just want great NYC pizza, try any of the many coal oven places around.
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.