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1 Fifth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
at 8th St.
Lardo (Pork Fat) Pizza . . . Yum!!
By ah123 on 3/3/2003
Lardo, more common in Italy as a choice of salumi, is boldly given its due course at Otto as a pizza topping. Contrary to the obvious, the pizza is not greasy or cloying. In fact, it is rather light on Mario's griddle-cooked, thin-crust pizzas with a dash of black pepper and olive oil. Fabulous antipasti, especially the caponata (so easily overlooked), and salumi platter (all the meats except the prosciutto are house cured, according to our waitress). Also try the clam and garlic pizza - the flavors just meld together wonderfully. The olive oil gelato has a mild but distincive flavor, enhanced by the crunch of the specks of sea salt and the cinnamony blood orange compote. An absolute winning dessert in simplicity, flavor, texture and temperature. Service was excellent - everyone from the hostess to our busboy were courteous and friendly. The restaurant itself was warm and inviting, with beautiful red antique meat slicers. In a town glut-full of restaurants, kudos to Mario for generating such buzz and once again living up to it. Definitely going back to try the daily special bruschetti and fritti (fried stuff).
Everything is great.. except the pizza
By Voldar on 3/2/2003
Best thing about Otto is the phenomenal well priced wine list. Great selctions from almost all regions of Italy (which is hard to do)at generally retail pricing. Appetizers were good (lardo bruscetta is especially good, except it is killer on the arteries).. pizza was beyond mediocre (Pizza Hut is better)..deserts however were excellent the blood orange sorbet . sea salt combo (which sounds scary) was unique and tasty,, go early and hang out the bar up front with a bottle of 99 rosso di montalcino
Good Food, Good Wine, Good Time
By townsendt on 2/27/2003
Otto is a great place to go for an easy night out. The atmosphere is releaxed, yet refined, serving up a mixed crowd of families, first dates and hipsters looking for the new in-spot. The menu offers a new twist on the traditional pizzeria, but, be sure to consult a server if your not fluent in Italian, as most menu items are not listed in English. Also, be sure to try the daily selection of bruschetta and anything from the desert menu--they're all tasty. The wine list is extensive, but may be overwhelming to novices. If you can weed your way through it, it's an accomplishment -- you will feel as though you've earned your meal.
By rosemachuca on 2/26/2003
Exquisite food, service & ambiance. Otto's olive oil gelatto is divine.
good value, great wine, and the mario touch...mangia!
By robinsegg on 2/14/2003
Went here for a late supper and the joint was jumpin'! Short food menu, very long wine menu, but the servers seem to know their way around it. The quartinos are a nice portion of wine for the price. Definitely order the eggplant appetizer and the olives - we could have made a meal out of just that. Pizza toppings are varied and interesting, and never boring. The gelato is heavenly and the perfect finish to the meal.
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