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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!
Posted by bertman on 03/01/2010
My wife and I ate a late lunch there last weekend. They were very busy at the time, but we were promptly seated at a two top in the middle of the restaurant. It turned out to be a great table to watch the show, but conveniently away from some larger tables with rambunctious kids. She had the pasta amatriciana, and I had the pasta puttanesca. Both were good, not great. The waiter recommended we try two gelatos - olive oil and dark chocolate. I was reluctant about the former, but it was excellent and the dark chocolate was exceptional. We''ll be talking about those desserts for a long time. We'd definitely go back.
Posted by Iena on 02/02/2010
I am Italian and I went to Otto with some friends on January 2010, interested about this Batali's pizzeria. The response was: OK for the value, OK for the service, good wine list, but please... don't call "Italian" those pasta and pizza! The pizza was really too saucy, and the pasta too. My carbonara was not a carbonara! Where's the pecorino? And... why to use scallions? I'm sorry, this place can be good, but not for me.
Posted by Sicilian Wife on 12/06/2009
What can we say but Mario Batali is a genius. The place is on 8th street, hence the name of the restaurant is what we were thinking. Cozy, hopping on a Friday night with a young but hip crowd, not over run by NYU students. Wine selection is impressive! We had a 10pm reso and were seated at 10:01pm. Amazing. Our ticket's name was displayed on this wall which made it nice not to have to hold on to a beeper or have our name called over a loud speaker. Service was excellent, attentive, informative. The clove honey with truffles is brilliant. Take a second taste as the first one takes a minute to hit your brain to let you know, this stuff should be bottled. Unfort, it isn't. I asked. Dip your delish bread in it with your selection of cheeses. To die for. We ordered 2 indiv size pizzas which we ate half and shared a pasta dish. Order the 3 scoop ice cream and be sure to get the olive oil gelato. Weird but so good and different. You can't stop at one spoonful. Service 10 out of 10, food 9 1/2 out of 10, atmosphere 10 out of 10. We can't wait to go back and bring friends.
Posted by Harlemite on 11/10/2009
The food here is great and a ridiculous value. Two people can eat for less than $20. Although the wine list is extensive and will set you back quite a bit if you drink with your dinner. The service is a bit lazy though. We were seated at a small table right next to the waiters' station for dinner. Though we didn't mind the small table, all of the waitstaff and hostesses continued to congregate and chit chat there, and were literally right next to our table. We found this a bit inconsiderate. Additionally, you would think that sitting right by the wait station that we would have the most attentive service. The exact opposite. It took our waiter at least ten minutes to bring us olive oil to accompany the bread he left on the table. Every request took about 10-15 minutes to be executed. I would go back because the food is quite good and ridiculously cheap, I just won't be expecting much from the staff.