About Otto Enoteca Pizzeria
Modeled after an Italian train station, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's OTTO is located on 8th Street, in the historic One Fifth Avenue building. Serving classic Italian pizzas and pastas, a large selection of house-cured meats, Italian and local cheeses, Artisanal Gelato, and boasting a 750+ all-Italian wine list, OTTO has become a destination for New York diners as well as a neighborhood hot spot.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch and Dinner: Daily: 11:30am - 12:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Have Otto cater your next office party or home event! Our selections of marinated vegetables, house-cured meats, imported cheeses, pizza, pasta, and gelati are sure to please a wide range of palates. Please contact us for details.
A public lot is located directly across the street on 8th Street.
4, 5, 6, N, R, Q, & W trains to 14th Street/Union Square, and the B, D, F, V, A, C, & E trains to West 4th Street.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
OTTO hosts wine classes every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm in the enoteca, our standing bar tables in the front of the restaurant. Classes are led by one of our very knowledgeable and enthusiastic wine team members.
OTTO offers many options for your party including wine tastings and group dining. Bring a few of your friends to taste six wines with one of our sommeliers or invite twelve or more to sample the rich Italian menu of antipasti, pizza, and gelati with unlimited wine and beer.
Otto Enoteca Pizzeria Ratings and Reviews
A favorite weekday lunch spot for us bec ...
A favorite weekday lunch spot for us because it's relatively uncrowded and not overly noisy.
Delicious salads, pizza, and apps to choose from. We particularly like the pizza topped with a fried egg and the escarole and sunchoke salad.
The service is reliably good and the atmosphere is pleasant.
Disappointing! I could deal with the noi ...
Disappointing! I could deal with the noise level if the food was good (at best). I expected the pizza to be on par with the excellent pizza at Mario Batali's Mozza in Los Angeles...it was no where near the quality or the taste! Sides were nothing special and neither was the pasta bolognese.
I've been here many times and it is one ...
I've been here many times and it is one of my wife's favorites. She selected it for her birthday dinner this year. I spoke early that day with Scott to tell him that it was a special dinner for her birthday and to make arrangements for a birthday dessert with birthday candle. He assured me that this would happen seamlessly. Apparently, the message was never conveyed to the wait staff because they had no idea it was my wife's birthday or that they were to bring the special dessert with the birthday candle. Made for a very clumsy and disappointing end to an otherwise nice meal.
Reasonably priced neighborhood pizza pla ...
Reasonably priced neighborhood pizza place with an accent on more sophisticated pizza toppings. Fair prices for acceptable sized portions. Margarita pizza and cheese ravioli were tasty. The linguine puttanesca was disappointingly created. Overall a good choice for a light lunch or dinner when one finds oneself in the neighborhood.
Just so impossibly loud, we were only ab ...
Just so impossibly loud, we were only able to choke down the delicious food and run away. I think the tables in the front of the restaurant, behind the host's podium, are better for conversation. Alas, we were in the large back room amongst groups of people celebrating birthdays and getting drunker and drunker, till they culminated the festivities with the inevitable song. So it goes.
Tourist trap. This is not the restaurant ...
Tourist trap. This is not the restaurant to judge the merits of Battali. The ingredients are top notch and the prices are reasonable which keeps the place packed to the gills. But the food is very hit or miss. Pizzas are good, but not great. Our table had 5 different pastas and all were woefully undercooked. There's al dente and then there's raw. Sauces were flat as well. The salads and appetizers were good. Service disappeared after the order was taken and wine ordered.
Wonderful dining experience! Came here w ...
Wonderful dining experience! Came here with my boyfriend for a romantic date; the food was outstanding and was priced at an even better. There was even a sommelier in the restaurant who helped me pick out the perfect glass of wine with our meal. This is our go-to Italian spot in the neighborhood! Definitely would recommend!
I've been here for lunch and dinner, wit ...
I've been here for lunch and dinner, with one companion and with groups. If you're looking for a quiet place for lunch that'll get you in & out within an hour, Otto is your place. Just note that at dinner, Otto is bustling and loud, so it's great for lively dinners and celebrations but not best for that quiet meal / major discussion. Food is consistently good & very reasonably priced, especially for this neighborhood. It's a great option for group dinners - there's something for everyone on the menu. -It's authentic, unpretentious Italian food made with exceptional ingredients. Wine list is excellent - lots of variety at low and high price points.
Che vergogna! The spaghetti alla carbon ...
Che vergogna! The spaghetti alla carbonara is terrible. The menu lists the ingredients as "pancetta, scallions, black pepper, egg." The dish came with the tiniest bits of pork sausage (ground meat), prosciutto, and cheap pancetta when it should be made with thick, crisped, dark pink slices of pancetta. Our server and the house manager offered to bring my husband a different dish, but as someone who doesn't like to make waves, he declined and said that he was fine with it. The server generously took the dish off our bill, then admitted that, in fact, it's not made with pancetta but rather with a "meatball" of ground pork, prosciutto, and pancetta designed to "disintegrate" into the noodles. Cheap-out?
The pizza is thin-crust (not in a good way) and mediocre.
The spinach tagliatelle with bolognese was fine, though the tomato sauce needed to be cooked longer; it tasted tinny.
The sformato (parmesan custard; recommended by our server) and fruit sorbets were the highlights of the meal. The daily special app of culatello, pecorino (came in small bits, not large shavings), and peach was fine. The peaches and aged balsamic vinegar were the best part. The culatello was leathery and salty, not supple or fruity (not aged) at all. Again, cheap-out?
Bar Pitti's pastas cost only a couple of dollars more ($14.50) but are a world apart.
Otto attracts a lot of groups, probably because the price point is remarkably low for Manhattan. They clearly value volume over quality. You get what you pay for. We won't be back, despite the wonderful service (thanks to our server for saving the evening!).
Everything was delicious, but the noise ...
Everything was delicious, but the noise level was so loud on Thursday night (early evening) that we couldn't hear each other across the table or even at the next seat without leaning in. We were a group of7 people, all late 30s, early 40s. The food and service was phenomenal, but please, fix those acoustics!
Date night was a disappointment for my w ...
Date night was a disappointment for my wife and I, we had high hopes for the restaurant. I am not one for leaving bad reviews unless there is a good reason to do so. In the interest of full disclosure, I did not inform my server of my issues while we were there, so this isn't an issue of non-resolution.
Positives first, the atmosphere and service were very good. Our waitress was attentive without being overbearing and brought everything at a well timed out pace.
The boratta with cherry tomatoes and local basil was absolutely Devine. It was not the best I've ever had and it didn't come in the shape I was accustomed to, it was already opened when we received it, but it was GOOD. The spicy broccoli rabe was uneventful but rich in flavor.
My wife ordered one of the specialty pizzas with cured meat and an egg on it. The pizza was just okay but could have been an ordering issue as opposed to a flavor issue.
Now for the not so much...
I ordered a linguine dish that was nicely flavored. It was nothing special but had roasted tomatoes that were really good. The linguine was badly undercooked. I don't mind an al dente pasta but this was just hard and borderline crunchy. It had been a long night and I was hungry, so I trudged through as the linguine was borderline edible as well and the sauce was not bad.
After seeing other reviews, we are unlikely to return.
Pizza was thin (OK) but the tomato sauce ...
Pizza was thin (OK) but the tomato sauce was a little sour. We had pasta orma, which is prepared with ricotta cheese. It had cream on top, not ricotta. I can tell, as I am a native Italian.
We always end up with an appetizer that ...
We always end up with an appetizer that blows us away, like the Sformato Di Parmigiano, which has one of the most complex flavor arrangements we'd ever tasted.
Pizzas and pastas were eaten almost in silence, they were so good.
And for dessert, each dish surprised and delighted.
Having at Otto previously with a large g ...
Having at Otto previously with a large group (which I HIGHLY recommend doing - their $40 per person party option is a stellar value!), I was curious to see how it held up for a pre-theater dinner in the village. I shouldn't have worried - the food was still delicious, and the value was incredible. As we were somewhat in a rush, my friend and I just ordered two pizzas, opting for no appetizers, desserts, or wine (although I knew from my previous experience that they have great options for all three). The pepperoni pizza is maybe the best I've had in NYC, and each piece of the "quattro staggione" was delicious, although whoever cut that one didn't do such a good job of dividing it up.
As it got more crowded, the noise level rose pretty high, but never to the point where we couldn't hear each other. I bristled a little at the sommelier coming over before we had even decided whether or not we wanted wine (I prefer them to come by only after I've expressed interest), but she was very nice when we said we were not going to do any wine.
The bill came to just over $20 per person and we were stuffed so full we needed the walk to the theater. It's really a great deal for wonderful food, and I can't wait to go to Otto again and try some of their non-pizza offerings!
It was a little noisy, which was weird f ...
It was a little noisy, which was weird for a monday night. But everything was great. I have been to Otto at least 10 times, and have loved it every single time. Never have had a complaint. The service is always great, and the waiter and the entire staff was attentive, always had our glasses full and kept checking in on us. As usual, I will return and enjoy their delicious watermelon salad & corn entrees.
The food is so delicious but it was so l ...
The food is so delicious but it was so loud - on a Monday night - that we literally could not hear each other speaking. In a group of 5 people you should still be able to have a conversation - it was impossible.
Servers were great. Noticed birthday cards on the table and brought a glass of wine that would pair well with my brother's meal - such a nice touch! SO deafeningly loud though it really kind of defeated the purpose of my family getting together.
Extremely expensive for very small porti ...
Extremely expensive for very small portions.
Food was okay but portions were miniscule...ordered a salad as an appetizer. It was so so. Then, I ordered, as my main course, a pasta dish that, when it came, would barely have been enough for a 5-year old. The price for this meal was ridiculous.
I'm not even a big eater and tend to be one of those people who usually takes a doggy-bag of leftovers home with me, but I was astounded how small the portion was...it was smaller than a typical appetizer.
Service was also rather slow and inattentive, despite the restaurant not being nearly full.
Too bad. Overall I was disappointed but I'd still recommend the place if only because if you're looking for a place to eat right near Washington Square Park, it's SO convenient.
Food is always good here, this visit was ...
Food is always good here, this visit was the first that I felt rushed. Forced to order everything at once and then appetizer coming out followed with salad before we finished and then main course far too early such that my $25 pasta special was lukewarm when I finished the salad and appetizers. For the price I spent for the 2 of us, a better dining experience is expected. I'll still go back, but sit at the bar instead where Dennis controls when the kitchen releases food.
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