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Posted by anonymous on 03/19/2011
Because I'm such a huge fan of Batali and trust his choices, I cannot believe he has allowed himself to continue to be affiliated with this place. The service was the best part of the experience... I ordered the cardoons and spicy rabe for appetizers, my friend the brussel sprouts and cauliflower. If you're a Sicilian, you would be horrified as to how the cardoons were served. Not that they must always be fried, but these were utterly tasteless. Cardoons are bitter as it is, and there were no garnishes to help cut that taste. The rabe was dry and crumbly...camman'...give me nice sauteed rabe in olive/garlic that I can put on bread. The pizza was burnt, and the gravy (yes, I said gravy) was way too sweet. There are tons of pizza places that are making thin crust pizza every day and can put this place to shame. Not to mention, it was over-salted. Salt is not flavor, folks!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/01/2011
Great Food...Great People...Enjoy! Try to get a seat at the bar...a bit loud at the tables
Posted by Domenic Licastro on 02/20/2011
Nice overall experience. Apps are wonderful pasta was drenched in sauce Not the way Mario teaches us to prepare pasta on his shows!
Posted by Gramercy Gal on 12/12/2010
Had my friend OTTO experience last week with friend who are regulars. Dennis took exceptional care of us. Upon our entering there weren't seats for the three of at the bar where we wanted to dine. Before I knew what was happening, we had Prosecco in our hands and were toasting the night while waiting for space. About 10 minutes later space cleared and sat and began our meal with vegetables, a lovely souffle and spot on bottle of red. We shared a pizza as a main course which was lovely as well. My ONLY food complaint was the pizza was a little too salty for my palate. Just a little... but all things considered minor points off I attribute there were well made up for in every other aspect of the food, impeccable service, and overall value of the meal. OTTO is a real treat of a meal. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Posted by CuisineCrazy on 08/07/2010
I've eaten here about a dozen times since opened by Mario Batali, always for lunch. Otto is a very casual restaurant with high quality food and wine, ultra-fresh ingredients and a very warm and knowlegeable staff. If you prefer grazing, a great meal can be consumed sampling the various antipaste, about $7 or $8 each. The pizza is stupendous, more gastronomic than your neighborhood pie. The expresso is top, as good as in Italy. I will always return, when I find myself in the West Village at lunchtime.
Posted by Michael gambino on 05/24/2010
Otto is such a great restaurant that when I am away from it too long I go into withdrawal. Sit at the bar and let the bartenders suggest wine and cheese, and then order the carbonera. Finish with a gelato, an espresso, and an amaro digestivo. Consider it a tune-up.
Posted by anonymous on 05/17/2010
This is a standby amongst me and my friends, cant go wrong w the cheese and rustic vegetables...I'm not crazy about the pastas as they are a bit too aldente for me but the pizzas are also great and so is the wine selection. Everyone should try the olive oil gelato. Its special, different and delicious. however, after my last visit at Otto I decided to write this review b/c its strange to me how such a great and nice restuarant has such a poor bathroom. the placement of the door to the stalls makes no sense (in the ladies room) there is always a crowd inside that is constantly getting hit by the main door. its also hot and small. I know its not necessarily a reflection on the food, especially since its not a dirty bathroom..but I felt it needs to be said! Hopefully if they ever renovate they will consider changing up the ladies room so we wont hold it in and rush to get home!