Otto Pizzeria – New York, NY

by PizzaSnobo on October 5, 2010

    ‎One Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10003
    (212) 995-9559

    Sure, Otto in Greenwich Village is popular with locals and tourists alike. Sure it’s a great place to go for drinks, meals, wine and cheese. It can also make for a perfect Sunday brunch, if you’re not in the mood for eggs. Otto is a big, attractive place. They even have an outpost in Las Vegas. They have great marketing and friendly, knowledgeable staff, and the price is right compared to some of their sister restaurants like Babbo.

    But gourmet pizza competition in New York is fierce. While Otto has been ranked among the best in the past, and their interesting pizza combinations and ingredients are top notch, Otto’s simple margherita pies ($11 for about ten inches) are not as good as many other restaurants in the city, including the newly opened Olio, just one avenue away. At Otto, the sauce-to-cheese ratio is off in an unusual direction. Oftentimes there is not enough sauce on pizzas. At Otto’s, they don’t use enough cheese. The mozzarella is di bufala, so go ahead and add another couple of dollars to the price! It will still be cheaper than Motorino. The Otto pie is drowning in sauce that has a whipped texture and tastes like it’s trying too hard to be different. The crust was very nice and probably our favorite part; thin like a cracker, with charring on the bottom from lines on a grill.

    Overall, Otto did not bring all the ingredients together to make something truly special. And as Chef Mario Batali has said, the new pizza restaurant in his Eataly market (which we’ll review soon) is not run by him and he expects that pizzeria to be more like Kestė than Otto.

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