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Posted by Stefan on 10/26/2004
Otto's not for everyone. If you're looking for great 'pizza' as you know it you would probably be better served hitting a local pizzerria - there are hundreds in this city that make a capable pie. But if your looking for new, interesting and bold flavors you may find a gem in Otto. Minimize your focus on the pizza and try some of the winning appetizers - the eggplant and calliflower ones come to mind, as well as the shaved meats - prosciutto here is as good as it gets. Save room for gelato as well as the excellent cheese plate. As for the bad reviewer below "Who cooked the pasta" you know to stop reading a blistering critique of italian food when the reviewer complains about anchovies in their puttanesca. Seriously I think they have an Olive Garden in Times Square for folks like that.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/07/2004
Ignore what the complainers below wrote. This place is perfect: delicious food, good wine, amazing cheese!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/24/2004
A real taste of Italy. Great atmosphere, authentic pizza and superb appetizers. The quattro stagioni pizza was amazing. Closest thing in NYC I've had to true Italian pizza. Hundreds of wines to go with it at all price ranges. I can't understand the complaints about pricing. A $10 - $14 entree! Do people realize they are eating in NYC?!
Posted by Caterina on 08/25/2004
I was so looking forward to eating my Spaghetti alla Carbonara at Otto. Boy, was I disappointed! It was poor. I think they poured the whole box of salt on my plate. How dare they serve so-called Italian dishes in such a manner. My friend ordered the Penne alla Puttanesca, and it stunk (literally). I didn't realize it came with Anchovies, and also the Pasta wasn't cooked . Straight out of the box. We did complain to our waiter before we got the bill. He smiled and brought us dessert wine. I thought they would at least take the pastas off our bill. We didn't even have two bites of our entree. Mario, what have you done? Pasta is soooo easy to cook for an Italian. Maybe I should have come into the kitchen that night.
Posted by Liz on 08/13/2004
We were so excited to try Otto when it first opened. The place has a nice look and lots of space. Our server brought a different pizza than my boyfriend had ordered, and when we called him over to say so, he insisted that my boyfriend was in the wrong! That kind of thing almost never happens to us...not only do we tend to get what we ordered, but on the rare occasion we send food back, the server usually comps one of the entrees. (When that happens, as long as the service has been pleasant we just pay the full amount anyway in case the server has to comp out-of-pocket.) In this situation, I would've expected the guy to apologize and bring the right pizza. Normally, we would've gotten a manager, but it was a special day and we didn't want to ruin our meal by fussing about the bad service...a mistake. My clam pie was moist and gritty with a mediocre crust...my boyfriend's pie was also mediocre. The service remained rushed and borderline-rude. For great pie, hit Lombardi's...for romance and lovely personal pies, stroll down to MacDougal and go to La Lanterna.
Posted by Dianna on 08/12/2004
Being an Italian-American with a mom who is an exceptional cook, I have a tendency to be extremley picky about my Italian food; especially my pizza (which my mom makes from scratch). The pizza was OK. The appetizers were OK. But extremely overpriced; so was the wine. I had a bellini cocktail and the prosecco that was used was a very poor quality!
Posted by Anonymous on 05/06/2004
Go to the bar and eat there. The bartenders are awesome and super knowledgable. The pizzas, salads, and small plates are all delicious. And try the gelato! Olive oil and seat salt gelato...sounds crazy but its delicious! Also, beautiful decor, but sometimes crazy music.