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Posted by oneill on 05/08/2009
the idea of otto is simple and appealing. its first few years were very good. now, however, while the venue and the concept are still terrific, the food quality is starting to suffer. salads definitely convey a sense of "i was prepared 5 hours ago and chilled until now". pizza dough has gone from crunchy to dense and tasteless. overall, the world (i.e. NYC) still needs a simple pasta/pizza place. otto still has time to recover. work it out, mario!
Posted by Anonymous on 05/06/2009
Fun atmosphere, good food. Gelato is delicious and wine list is extensive! Service could use some upgrading. Overall, a fun and casual place for a date or dinner with a group of friends. I recommend having a glass of wine in the wine bar area before dinner to fully experience the restaurant.
Posted by kidfromcanarsie on 04/25/2009
i am from nyc, big fan of italian food, wines, cured meats, cheese, etc. went back to Otto recently, big disappointment. apart from cheese and cured meat platter, food was LOUSY. pasta, which i know is supposed to be al dente, tasted mushy, drenched in too much sauce. pizza was also too saucy, no cheese, skimpy on toppings. mebbe they are cooking things in bulk, cutting costs, but food is suffering. i'd rather go to bella vitae, enoteca, noodle pudding, al di la, than this batali disaster in the making.
Posted by Mel on 04/23/2009
I could tell the octopus salad had been sitting around all day. It had a fishy smell and was over-salted. The roasted beets were good, but also too salty. The pasta with guanciale was too saucy and salty. Poor, slow service. I asked for a spoon twice, to eat my pasta, never got it. I did like the fresh bread and breadsticks.
Posted by Jennifer Novara on 04/19/2009
First of all when i got there i had to wait 45 minutes. After the wait i ordered water, tap. It took them 25 minutes to get me my water, and by then i was no longer thirsty. The food was fantastic but the service ruined it.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/14/2009
Second time here and as good as we remembered. Celebrated SIL's b-day and everyone enjoyed the food, atmosphere and the vibe, service could always be more attentive but it's a busy place and they were stretched for sure. Great for groups in a moderately noisy restaurant.
Posted by mc on 04/10/2009
Had dinner at Otto last night with a group of friends. The food was good, not great (pizza was ok, gelato was better) the best part was the prices. The service was unsatisfactory, but I guess you get what you pay for. One funny observation, I thought the staff was quite haughty considering they work in a pizza parlor.