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1 Fifth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
at 8th St.
True Italian Pizza, and fantastic ricotta gelato
By GUCCI4B on 4/11/2003
I cannot even begin to explain how fabulous and fantastic this place is. Oh my gosh, I love it. I think that most of the critics have been marred by the typical Pizza Hut or Dominos/American version of Pizza, and I bet Mario is angry because he is providing the real thing at Otto. It is a thin, brittle crust, with very little sauce and mozzarella, and basil (I had the margarita) It had so much flavor I was about to collapse in the place. I loved it! This is the real way pizza should be. Also try the Ricotta gelato, that stuff is the best in the world. It had figs, fig juice/sauce, and walnuts. People, eat it while it lasts! I closed my eyes and flew all around Italy for those moments. It was soo intense, in the perfect cup, at the perfect temperature. I really really loved it. I also had the hot chocolate. It was thick, and luscious and just the right balance of flavor, it was superb! I would like to work as an intern in one of his kitchens for the summer, but I think I would eat everything up before my first day.
By Rica on 4/4/2003
Anyone that has been to Italy will know this is the real stuff, light thin pizza with just the right amount of toppings with a dash of Mario's inventive choices. The front is a fantastic place to taste appetizers and have some fantastically well priced wines. The atmosphere is a of a real local joint in Italy. This is not only a place to go with friends, but on teh weekends it is teaming with families, the menu giving enough freedom for parents to enjoy what they are eating and for kids to have a good time and some pizza.
Pizza and Antipasti, a new level
By adam on 4/4/2003
Dinning is entertainment, Otto's menu is creative and fun. Diners design their antipasti in a variety of ways that make sharing fun while combining tastes and textures. The pizza is this with a quality crust. The array of toppings and combinations are enough to satisfy the traditionalist and the adventurous. Enjoy.
Pizza bravo! Service freddo.
By sensei on 4/4/2003
Great expectations led us into Otto, the decor, reminiscent of Italia, but much New Yorkerized. Appetizers were in categories of cheese, vegetable, seafood and meats, each fairly good size, though varied in taste, texture, and appeal. The swordfish resembled chunky cheese cubes and were pickled beyond recognition. The pizza which more New Yorkers argue about than whether or not we should be in Iraq, was really quite good. It's a good, crispy, oven fresh flatbread with unique and classical toppings. The service though was cold and pompous. With no other patrons waiting for the seat next to us at one of the communal tables at an odd hour on a Sunday pm, we were coldly instructed to remove our handbag in the off chance someone might want to sit there- someday. The specials were announced in a manner so cool it was as if the waiter'd rather be out having a smoke. It was a disappointment, and a far different attitude than at our beloved Babbo.
good, but not for the pizza
By dtulsa on 4/1/2003
you could call it the coolest vibe in the city for a pizza place, but if you think of it as a pizza place you'll be disappointed. great bar, wine, apps, and gelato. not so great pizza. so what. if you want pizza, get a slice at joe's.
Raises the flattest pizza to new heights
By zeecee on 3/16/2003
We managed to get in without waiting on one of those cold, winter nights by going at 6:30, but the place started to fill up after 7 (this was a week night). The moment you enter the bar area, an unusual array of marble stations with the kitchen opening to it, you know you're in good hands. You're led to one of the many tables in the rear, passing nicely set up wine stations. The grilled pizza is excellent. The smaller dishes weren't much.
Pizza as you've never had it before
By elrot on 3/11/2003
The very best olives I have ever tasted! The clam pie is fantastic but you have to like playing with your food because the clams are in the shell. I wanted to try every single thing on the menu.
Mario does it again
By Baratti on 3/10/2003
Always love a good Italian wine list with lots of offerings by the glass. Quality of most menu items reminded me of Lupa and Babbo - but the pizza is hardly my favorite. Good for hanging with friends.
a bit overrated
By yuckyuck on 3/6/2003
i read the other reviews and noticed people criticizing mario's pizza compared to italy. he actually makes his pizza as they do in italy where they use very little ingredients. we're just used to the americanized version with heaping toppings therefore making it easy for us to judge. i thought it was mediocre especially since mario is a celebrity chef. i expected a bit more flavor from every bite but the portions are nicely sized. i would go back but probably order the cold apps instead.
By Bendelow on 3/4/2003
The pizza is a joke. Tastes like a soggy saltine w/ minimal topings. What on earth was Mario thinking? He's been to Italy, right?
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