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Otto Enoteca Pizzeria

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Otto Enoteca Pizzeria


Address: 1 Fifth Avenue
City: New York, NY
Zip: 10003
Phone: (212) 995-9559
Hours: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Site: Visit the restaurant site
Map: Map
Cuisine: Pizza
2nd Cuisine: Italian
Area: Greenwich Village
Entree Price: $10-15


Review:

Not since the battle over the “Patsy’s” name has there been this much buzz over a pizzeria. But when Mario Batali, of Esca fame, and his partner, Joseph Bastianich, are involved you know you’re in for something special - the upper crust of pizza. Begin with some antipasti and some of the freshest red olives I’ve ever tasted, or a delicious combination of roasted artichokes, red onion and almonds with bits of orange rind mixed in ($4 each). The pizza also delivers with its nearly paper-thin crust. Individual pies come with toppings like artichokes, cotto, mushrooms and chard, or a pie covered with baby clams still in the shell, garlic and chiles. Pour the clams, still in their juices, onto the pie and you’re in for something very special ($14). A traditional margherita pie with tomato, bufala mozzarella and basil goes for ten bucks. Aside from pizza, Otto’s also offers meat and fish dishes at very reasonable prices; an $8 portion or the Grande at $21. But the bulk of the menu is dedicated to Italian wines, more than 500 in all, ranging in price from under $20 to $475. For dessert, homemade gelati or sorbet (prices depend on number of scoops), or choose from a selection of cheeses, including gorgonzola dolce with Amarene cherries ($4). Otto’s draws an eclectic mix of high society, NYU students and families all gathered in one place, all (dare I say) eating with their fingers, and having a wonderful time. Who would have thought pizza could be done this well! Bravo!


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