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Posted by Cynthia on 06/29/2005
I've eaten at OTTO several times now. Don't bother going for the food - sure the appetizers are great. The pizza is ok and the pasta mediocre. But the dessert - -the dessert is PHENOMENAL. I can't believe more hasn't been written about it. The combinations are surprising and supreme. Bravo!
Posted by From a frenchie who likes cheese on 06/27/2005
I am always looking forward to go to Otto. I adore their cheese to take as a starter (Coach triple cream and the Gorgonzola are amazing). I never know what to get as wine as I am not an italian wine expert, so we always stick to the Zeni 2001 (that we picked randomly once) and we love it. Only bad thing: always so noisy and crowed....
Posted by anonymous on 06/11/2005
I love Otto. The pizzas are innovative and delicious (great thin crust) and there are even cheeseless pizzas for those who don't like cheese. The gelato is to die for, the best I've ever had. The wine list is SO extensive and they give you a glass and a half, instead of the standard glass they give you at most restaurants. The wait staff was terrific and so helpful. This is a great place!
Posted by Guiscardo on 05/31/2005
We had a great time at Otto with my friends to celebrate my birthday. The food was fine, but not fantastic. The waitress did a fair job. The sommelier was did not do a great job. The wines he recommended were overpriced and quite dull. I know quite a bit about wine, I drink a glass or two almost everyday, from various countries and in a nice range of prices. Since Otto has such an extensive wine list, and given the size of our group, I thought it would be best to defer to the recommendations of the sommelier. Wrong.
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.