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Posted by grnwch19 on 03/03/2005
Waiting 45 minutes for a table on a Wednesday night was a little daunting, but this place was worth the wait. 4 dishes and a bottle of wine for under $70 in Manhattan! Try the Baba A Rum dessert - Delicious.
Posted by grs on 03/01/2005
This is a great and, for NYC, inexpensive place for good Italian food (predominantly pizza) and excellent Italian wine.The wine list is outstanding, with probably thirty wines available by the quartino (1/3 of a bottle). The assorted seafood antipasto is outstanding, as are the vegetable dishes, and the pizzas are very good - thin crust and light on the toppings but delicious. The servers are quick and very knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend it. Eating at the bar is also nice if you can get a seat.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/18/2005
Pizza was good, atmosphere is great, wine selection is amazing. Would definitely go again.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/14/2005
Too avoid a long wait, try going for lunch. The caprese is amazing and the offerings reminded me of Rome. Don't forget to leave room for Gelato...HEAVENLY! Tip: order a sample of two or three gelati instead of just one - plenty to share. The atmosphere is great, and the wine list is beyond extensive. I can't wait to go back again!
Posted by Ohio visitor on 02/13/2005
While visiting the great city of New York, I and my party happened upon Otto's. It looked wonderful and warm from the sidewalk so we dicided to check it out. After finding out it was a Mario B. restaurant we were thrilled since our group loved his show. The wine list is great if you love Italian wine which I do. Ambiance was good. It was a crowded Saturday night so we expected to wait and we did for 1 1/4 hours. No problem. Upon being seated we ordered pizza and pasta. The pizza was generally good, spartan toppings and nice thin crispy crust. However, the pasta dish was the worst plate of food I have ever been served in a restaurant. It looked like it had sat under a plate warmer for a few hours. The sauce was a muddled mess of over reduced tomato, capers, anchovy and onion. The pasta was undercooked and tasted like raw semolina flour. I asked the waiter about the undercooked pasta and he replied it is always cooked that way. This wasn't al dente, it was raw. I figured when in Rome I'll try it like Otto's thought it was supposed to be eaten. I could not stomach the dish. Our complaints were heard by the manager who generously comped our meal. You may be saying why come out and write this critical review? The pasta dish was so bad I couldn't believe Mario would have conceived the product. It was just a big disappointment.
Posted by MEH on 02/11/2005
I've been frequenting Otto for over a year and love it. The food is outstanding - very tasty and well priced. The atmosphere is awesome too. I've never had a bad experience there - and its even better now that they take reservations. I highly recommend the restaurant!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/02/2005
Well, what can I say....first of all, I called to make a reservation and was told that they were not taking reservations over the phone., but that we should get to the restaurant and put our names down. We got there at 720pm, granted it was a saturday night, so we expected it to be busy, but what we experienced what utterly exasperating! We stood around the bar area and had some drinks and appetizers, which incidentally were really good, but having to wait 3 HOURS to be seated made the whole experience tedious. We couldn't leave because we didn't think we could find anywhere else and besides we wanted to check out the food and see what was enticing people to stay for so long to be seated. To top it all off, when we told the hostess that we tried to make reservations, she smiled nicely and said that they only take reservations for half of their tables because they rely on walk-ins for the other half! The food was terrible! There was no flavor to any of our dishes. In fact the best thing on the menu were the cheeses - and they didnt have to make those! All I can say is that if you're a mario batali fan, go for the atmosphere and wine, but don't go for the food. My husband sugggested that we should open our own restaurant across the street and name it - "Still waiting? Come over and actually get to eat today!"