Otto’s New Late-Night Menu
Otto wine director Dan AmatuzziSince I always want more late night food choices, I was happy to read Grub Street's report last week that Otto Enoteca in Manhattan was launching a new late-night menu. Served from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., it’s a good deal: For $33 you get a bottle of wine (from a choice of some 15 red, white, sparkling and rosé bottles) plus salumi, house-pickled vegetables and cheese. Otto's wine director Dan Amatuzzi especially likes the 2008 Verdicchio di Matelica Fontezoppa, a white from Italy's le Marche region; for a red, he recommends the 2007 Primitivo Botromagno from Puglia (he says the licorice and spice are good for pickled vegetables and cut through the rich cheese). Mario Batali, Otto's chef/owner, goes in a different direction. He loves the NV Prosecco di Veneto Flor for what he calls "the early part of the late evening," (i.e., midnight). "With some cheese and salumi, it gives me a springboard into action and fun," he says. You’ll be hearing more from Batali and Amatuzzi about some crazy wine pairings in F&W’s April wine issue; it's just about the same time that Batali's new book, Molto Gusto: Easy Italian Cooking comes out.