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Posted by Anonymous on 01/26/2006
The eggplant pasta was cold by the time it was delivered, but at least the one delicious dessert is the ice cream - the stracciatella hazelnut ice cream is out of this world.
Posted by nyc foodie on 01/16/2006
Food is great, wines are excellent, and atmosphere is great, if you like loud, exhuberant energy and occasionally raucous table-neighbors. Ask for recommendations from the staff - they know their stuff, and are helpful in guiding you well. Festive and fun, with children welcome, dining at Otto has a laid back if a little crowded feel. (If you're looking for quiet and intimate - and more expensive - opt instead for Mario's other restaurant, Babbo.) Value is ok - for the prices of the pasta dishes, I expected more than 3/4 cup serving. But ultimately, the flavor is what wins the value argument - 3/4 cup of excellent fare could arguably be worth the few extra dollars. Also, I second the recommendation mentioned previously - the olive oil gelato is supurb.
Posted by nyc fooodie on 01/08/2006
Dined their on 1/8/06...and AS ALWAYS mario aims to please. We were a party of 8, seated within minutes and treated like Roman Kings. Salads, pizza, and gelati were all AS ALWAYS fab! I ordered the margherita pizza and while I've had better at pete and eldas in nj...i loved this also. It's a go go go go and kudos to mo mo molto mario.
Posted by Alan B. on 01/07/2006
Otto gets a 9.5 on my scale for awesome restaurants to go to when in NYC. Great place to take a first date. Cool atmosphere, nice staff, and the food is fresh and delicious. Not to leave out the wine, the wine is out of this world. The wine director at Otto really knows his stuff. I highly recomend Otto to anyone that is hungry and in the area. By the way, try the olive oil gelato, it's fantastic.
Posted by Vincent on 11/29/2005
Mario Batali has redefined the restaurant business and has recreated what it was like to sit around in your italian grandmothers house, drinking wine and snacking on the finest foods from italy. The wine list is encyclopedic and the bartenders are like old friends. Where else can you drop in and be served without reservations! My wife and I sometimes visit after having had dinner at another restaurant. We just crave the atmosphere. Bravo Mario for your maniacal attention to detail!
Posted by Kwest on 11/23/2005
Arrived rather weary after a day of work and errands, and popped in for a quick bite and glass of wine. Love this place! Hostesses were so friendly and w/o airs like so many places, which turns me off right away. Said would just go to the bar for a quick bite and glass of wine. Bartender, around 40-ish was fab, and easily and calmly managed the fully packed bar scene -- on a Sunday at 5! He remembered every one of the waiting customers, including me, and easily managed the comings and goings. Ordered a couple of small plates, and wine served Batalli-style, with a small pour and a carafe to the side. The special salad of the day I ordered still fills my mind..... escarole, goat cheese, peanuts, a fabulous vinaigrette, and something else...... And had the cauliflower Sicilian-style (on a low-carb diet), and it was so amazing that I'm going to try to make something similar for Thanksgiving tomorrow. And it was incredibly reasonably priced, with top service, a subtle, very attractive ambiance with the lighting and woodwork, and such great food! Was one of those times when you truly want to say "thank you so much!" to the chef and entire staff.
Posted by luna on 10/31/2005
We brought a party of 9 people on a Sunday afternoon when the resturant is quiet. There were only 2 other tables occupied. We sat for 20 minutes before getting any attention & having to ask for water. We had to flag him down to order as well. Our waiter was nice, but neglected to tell us about the specials until after we ordered. Then someone else came along to do exactly the same thing! The food is terrific no doubt! But they need to get their act together on service.