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Posted by Anonymous on 05/20/2005
The atmosphere and food is great! I always bring my out-of-town guests here! It is true Italian food!
Posted by Michael D. on 05/09/2005
When I first walked into Otto, I loved the laid back casual attitude. It is definitely more like a trattoria, than a traditional Italian pasta joint. The wine list will blow your mind. It is regional and has something for everyone. The price may seem high, but they serve wine by the third of a bottle. Don't be shy, ask for help if you need it. The servers are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. If you go during dinner rush, do not expect to sit and camp out for two hours. The place gets packed and the servers will rush you if you are not eating and drinking. If you want to take your time come early or later (for lunch or after 10pm). The food is of excellent quality and all of the meat is artisinal (they make and cure their own Italian meats and sausage). The quality and taste are outstanding. the portions may seem small, but that is because the quality is excellent. You can pick and choose or let the waiters do the work which is the smart choice. Order the cheese plate and you will get the most amazing Honey with truffles to dip your bread and cheese in. Order wine or stick to beer, but have some idea what you are looking for. The bar scene is great and there are marble tables to stand at to enjoy your wine, food and company. The music is hip and eclectic. The restaurant is loud and fun. It is a great concept which really works. Expect a long wait and don't go if you are in a rush unless you eat in the bar which is encouraged. If you prefer Mama Leone's, this is not your type of place. I loved it every time I have been there and will continue to go back. The homemade Limoncello and the Olive Oil gelato are must have's and taste incredible. Otto also offers Italian wine tastings and classes on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Check them out, they are fun and informative and a great place to make friends. Mario scores big with a new concept and theme.
Posted by Jess on 05/02/2005
Fabulous wines served in double portions and the perfect amount of delicious, inventive Italian food. No, this isn't Bertucci's, so you won't get a massive casserole dish of food, but what you will get is perfectly al dente pasta or thin crusted, expertly topped pizzas. All veggie sides are delicious, too, and the gelato is FAB. The place is loud and packed on a weekend night, but is also comfortable and cozy.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/25/2005
Otto provides its patrons with fantastic food at extraordinarily reasonable prices. Any dissenters must frequent the olive garden; if you need reassurance, walk 5 minutes to check the prices at Mr. Batali's crown jewel, Babbo. The service allows you to enjoy the food, and there is not a weak spot in the menu. Otto has the one characteristic that is an automatic signal of a great restaurant: order something you don't like or typically avoid, and it will be fantastic.
Posted by Arlington on 04/12/2005
We waited 2 1/2 hours for a table. Even when we did get seated, it was because we made our presence felt in desperation. The only mitigating factor was the two excellent bottles of wine we drank while waiting...standing room only. It was the first warm Friday night and absolutely packed. We had been told the wait would be one hour, which in that section of NY is fairly standard. Once seated, with apologies and a promise of "our very best server" we ordered some small plates and a pizza. The food was good, but not special, and it's obvious this restaurant is all about the wine, the food a mere accompaniment. One page of food and about five of wine! An excellent wine selection though. I did have the most delicious olive oil for dipping (we had to ask for it) that I have ever tasted. All in all a very meciocre and rather disappointing dining experience.
Posted by Eldiva on 04/11/2005
If you are not from NYC maybe it doesn't seem like a good deal - like the prior review entitled "Overpriced, small portions" by mrsmaytag. I don't know what kind of fat bottom portions you are expecting - But that's NYC - take it or leave it. Pizza was terrific, atmosphere awesome, food was great and I found the portions to be perfect - this is not the olive garden ...anyone who goes to Otto is looking for good food NOT free or cheap food.
Posted by mrsmaytag on 04/09/2005
Tiny portions in an Italian Restaurant? Prices seem good till you see what they serve you. The food at Otto's is ok, but the crowds there would have you thinking they're giving food away! Prepared to be disappointed if you're there for the food!