Otto Pizzeria

Posted by Scott on October 27th, 2010

Otto

Rating: 3 paws out of 5
Spent:
.$30 per person
Chain:
2 locations NY and Las Vegas
Date Friendly:
Yes, it is cozy
Note:
not good for groups over 6
1 5th Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 995-9559

http://www.ottopizzeria.com/

One of the accomplishments this hungry ferret trying to reach is to eat at all the Iron Chef’s restaurants of the past and present.  When given the opportunity to take one of the notch was given, this guy couldn’t say no.  One of the harder list to assemble are Mario Batali’s places.  He has his hands in many places,  it been hard to keep track of what he is part of.  So taking parts of tradition, all aboard, and as the chairman would say “À la cuisine!”

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If there is a wait to the restaurant, Otto has a novel way of letting you know that your table is ready. Basically like an European train station, when your city shows up on the train station board, your table is ready to go.
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The restaurant has a nice warm cozy atmosphere.  Wall are erected all around to make it seem like a maze of smaller rooms, instead of a one large spacious dining room.  I do want to note that they do not move the tables and chairs to accommodate a larger party.  You will have to sit at different tables.
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You first get bread sticks from Barbero, and Italian company.  The bread stick of are of high quality and very tasty.  Anybody that had them before would probably agree.
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You also get a couple pieces of bread served in a brown paper wrap.  The bread is of the crusty kind, it had a very flavorful and crisp outside, the inside of the bread was soft.

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There is an easy to read Menu.

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A large selection of various cheeses was ordered.  We asked the waiter to bring the most popular since this ferret is not a very big cheese expert, especially with the Italian kind.  They all came in a easily shareable size for a small group of 6.  I pretty much fully enjoyed all the different kind of cheese with the dips.  Some were a bit pungent and took a while to get used to.  Once you get used to the strength of the cheese, they become quiet enjoyable.  The various layers and complex flavors make it very fun to explore.
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The three dips for the cheese were honey with truffle and hot pepper, cherries, and apricots.  All of these dips complemented the cheese well.  The sweetness of these dips works well with the creaminess.  My favorite dip was the honey one, the touch of sweet, spiciness and woodsy make it hard to resist.

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Various vegetable dishes were tasty.  These dishes were not very strong in flavor compared to the cheeses.  They were light and mostly like salads the worked the Palate up.  We also let the waiter pick 4 of the most enjoyable ones.

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Tacozette con Stracotto, Braised Pork Shoulder, Tomato, basil – this is a very hearty dish with very rich flavors.  The thick broad piece of pasta reminded me of lasagna.  If you are hungry, this is the one to order.
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Spaghetti alla carbonara, Pancetta, Scallions, Black Pepper, and Egg.  This pasta was very good, the pork from the Pancetta added a good level of saltiness.  The scrambled egg was mixed in with the dish and provide it a richness to the pasta.
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Linguine alla carrettiera, Plum Tomato, Black Pepper, Garlic chives and Basil – This pasta was very tangy and had a mild sweetness.  This is one of the more lighter pasta dishes that screams out Italian.
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Pane Frattau, Tomato sauce, Pecorino, Fried Sunny side up egg.  The Pecorino was nutty and the egg provide a creaminess to the pizza pie that was needed.  The pizza was good, but the flavor was not very complex.  I recommend more this more of a appetizer to share.  This hungry ferret got a little bored of the taste after two slices.  The crush was crispy and not overly over cooked.
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Quattro Formaggi Tomato, Mozzarella, taleggio, cacio, ricotta – one slice of this pizza was not too good, It had reminded me of stinky feet cheese, I think it is taleggio slice.  Overall all this pizza was not bad, the taleggio was just a punch in the face.

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Olive oil coppetta  – Olive oil gelato, Lime Curd, Pignoli brittle, Pineapple rosemary, Marmellata, was very good, all the fruit mixed well with the Olive Oil ice cream. The sourness of the fruits cut through some of the richness of the gelato.  The Olive oil gelato is not oily or anything like that.  It is a very smooth and creamy gelato with mild sweetness.
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Like every Italian place, they should make a very good Cappuccino, otherwise they should be ashamed of themselves.  This place should not be ashamed, the foam held up very well and the coffee blend was smooth.

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