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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.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/05/2005
Having read so much about this place I couldn't wait to try their food. Can you believe that at a Batali restaurant the pasta is undercooked? And the buffalo mozzarella on the pizza tasted like it had gone bad? Avoid the pasta with squash and bottarga: there is no bottarga in it and not only it looks unappetizing but it is poor tasting. Pasta cacio e pepe special of the day was far from the real thing. The only enjoyable thing was the wine, and the service was ok. I can't believe how Batali preaches on how to cook Italian, and he can't even teach the chef in one of his restaurant! I am Italian, and believe me, this is not the real thing.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/23/2005
I went here for a surprise b-day party and was unimpressed. The pizza is average at best . . . I had one piece of pizza, a taste of gelato and one piece of bread w/ some beans which came to $40! There was so little food at the table that I am floored that it would come to $520. Their group parties/fixed menus options seem to be not worth it.
Posted by Daragon on 08/19/2005
The other reviewers are right- this is the best gelato I have had in New York (except maybe Caio Bella). Amazing and delicious. The food is good- especially for the price. The atmosphere is fun. Make a reservation- they seem to get booked quickly.
Posted by heather on 08/15/2005
Yum! This place is a must try. The cheese plate is one of the better cheese plates I've had in the city and goes great w/ a plate of prosciutto. Wine lovers will be very pleased with the HUGE selection of wine. Pizza was good, but nothing to write home about. And you must save room for a gelato at the end.