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Returning to Otto

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I have not been to Otto in the past year but I am going tomorrow with my family. My kids will love the gelato and I will like most everything else. Has anyone been here very recently and have any can't miss recs? I don't know which menu they are using, their web site and menupages are different but I am assuming the Otto page is current. I did the chowhound search but not much recent posts. Last time there I remember enjoying a nice cacio e pepe and their corn and fregula was amazing. Also, any can't miss wines? I am not a drinker but some in the party love wine.Thanks!

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  1. I haven't been in a few months, but on my last visit, I liked the mushroom and taleggio pizza and the carbonara. I think my favorite pizza is still the pane frattau.

    1. I love the Pasta alla Norma.

      1. For whatever reason ... this is the only place that I get pepperoni pizza. I guess it's b/c their salumi is top notch.

        Still think their pastas are waayyy too al dente.

        I stick to cheese (oohh that truffle honey), pizza, gelati and of couse some great wine and moscato.

        Enjoy!

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        1. re: jenniebnyc

          If love their famous, disarmingly simple lardo pizza. And I agree that the cheese plate and gelati are winners. I'm not crazy about the atmosphere... it's a bit too big and loud for my tastes, but it's a fun place for an occasional visit.

          1. re: jenniebnyc

            I was there a couple of weeks ago - enjoyed the carbonara - when I ordered, I said that I'd like it al dente but not "crunchy" and the texture I received was perfect - don't know if my request actually made a difference.

          2. I think the cheese plate and antipasta dishes are great - cured meats, fish and vegetables - I've never had a bad thing. The sardines in particular stood out last time.

            1. The small tapas dishses are by far my favorite thing there. My favorite pasta dish is the spaghetti with pine nuts, basil, and olive oil (i cant remember the name im sorry!!). All the pizzas are amazing!

              1. the carbonara is excellent and so is the prosciutto.....but the wines are always great!!!

                1. I wanted to thank everyone for their recommendations. Otto worked out very well for our purposes, which was a fun, family gathering where we could each sample a lot of items. Good place for both adults and children. I wanted to share some hits and misses. First the hits:

                  Cheese Plate-Clearly the tables runaway consensus favorite. The side dishes, especially the honey and pepper, were terrific although some loved the black cherry and burgundy. I personally enjoy the cheese at Crispo more, however you can't beat the overall presentation and side flavors.

                  Antipasti- The fennel and tangerine salad was very good. We also ordered the grande version antipasti fish, which disappeared quickly. The mussels were particularly good.

                  Pizza- As always, their pepperoni pizza was very good. I always enjoy it. The quattro formaggi was okay, not a hit or miss.

                  Pasta-The spaghetti carbonara was better than expected. (once again, it is hard to beat Crispo on this dish). The winner, though, was the linguine pesto with broccoli rabe and basil. It was very good. My daughter did not like sharing that one.

                  Gelati- The olive oil never fails. Good as always. My son ordered the gorgonzola dolci gelati, just to see what it would taste like, and we all ended up enjoying it.

                  There were a few misses though, not many, but I wanted to mention them:

                  Antipasta Meat platter- With the exception of the salumi, we were a little disappointed. The prosciutto lacked any taste, and we tried but failed to like the testa and pancetta. Might be an acquired taste.

                  Caramel gelati-My daughter was so excited to try this but could not eat it. She expected something sweat but it had a very bitter taste. She ended up eating everyone elses.

                  Overall, the evening worked out better than planned. We all had a great time in a loud, but celebratory setting, and had a chance to try a lot of great food.