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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.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/28/2005
Love it. The wine is great, the food is great, the service is great, and the atmosphere is great. Our waiters have always been incredible, very helpful and polite. I could have used a refill on my water, but other than that, Otto is where we always bring our guests when they come into town. For the quality and quantity, the value is a steal.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/24/2005
We went here for our anniversary dinner. Everything was quite good- I especially recommend the Caprese appetizer. If you love cheese and olives, try those plates here too. It's an interesting combination of foods and tastes, but everything works well and tastes quite good. The service was stellar as well, especially considering it was Saturday night.
Posted by Fresser on 09/19/2005
The great: The food first of all. The pizzas are sublime. Perfect crust, superfresh ingredients. Simplistic perfection. the meats and cheeses as appetizers are also beyond belief. The wines by the glass (by the quartino, actually. A little more than a gless) are wonderful, and the bartenders and waitstaff really know their stuff. There's a great buzz about the place. We had our dinner at the bar and just reveled in the atmosphere. The not-so-great: Way too cramped! Mario Batali has this mania about making things exactly as they are in Italy. Well, this ain't Italy! Instead of the entire front room being filled with stand-up tables (just like in Italy?) for drinking and eating appetizers, how about putting DINING tables in there? There's twice as many people waiting to be seated as there are people actually dining! What a pretentious waste of space.
Posted by LF on 09/12/2005
I usually take out from Otto and pick it up myself. The take out person either is too impressed to hear your order or he will decide the way you want it. I ordered pizza. No pepper on anything. I told them and wrote it on menu. Of course loaded with red pepper. I ordered a cup of olive oil gelato. even though I was willing to get cup so they would salt it. He refused (even though I was willing to take the meltdown risk only a block away) they don't salt it so beware it tastes like vanilla ice cream for $12. I called today and the manager swears they don't put pepper on well he should check the menu! Especially when your patrons say & write. So btw ice cream & pizza are $24!
Posted by jason on 09/10/2005
I am shocked at the reviews of Otto. This place is excellent. My only guess is that many people's palettes are not sophisticated enough to recognize good food. Otto uses top quality ingredients and is consistently great. The "undercooked" pasta is called al dente. I order from Otto at least twice week. Not every item is always 100% to my liking but each dish well thought out, well executed and an interesting combination of flavors.