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Otto, New York

1 Fifth Ave.
New York , NY , United States http://www.ottopizzeria.com/home.cfm
(212) 995-9559

Just blocks from historic Washington Square sits Mario Batali's Otto Pizzeria and Enoteca. The bustling atmosphere is reminiscent of an Italian train station, complete with an old-fashioned schedule board. Polished dark wood and marble-topped standing tables by the bar provide a perch for sampling some of the 750-plus Italian wines offered here. Batali, famous chef, author and host of Molto Mario, is known for his upscale renderings of classic Italian dishes, such as a fennel and bottarga pizza, and the linguine puttanesca. For dessert, olive oil gelato is a popular choice. 

 

From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List

Here’s how Mario Batali describes the pizzeria and <em>enoteca</em> he and business partner Joseph Bastianich opened a block away from Washington Square Park: “Perfect for a thousand different uses: a light snack; a winey, long multicourse meal; a quick pizza lunch; or an espresso and a gelato.” The crisp-crusted pizzas, ranging from classic anchovy-topped Napoletana to the more creative pecorino-and-egg, are great, but there are also terrific antipasti and a long, mostly Italian wine list. The raucous dining rooms are popular with families; Batali eats there frequently with his kids.

We loved: House-made pepperoni pizza; olive oil gelato with sea salt.

Insider tip: Otto sells pints of its glorious gelato to go.

Last updated 2012-06-06 17:17:07 UTC
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