Otto, New York
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.
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From Food & Wine , APR 2010
...his terrific Manhattan enoteca and pizzeria, where vegetable antipasti as well as pasta and pizzas dominate the menu...MORE
From Food & Wine , AUG 2011
Mario Batali's Edible Garden, at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, is named for two of his restaurants: the Otto Pizza...MORE
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.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.