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Any place like Otto enoteca in Ct?

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few May 30, 2010 06:01 AM

We were in NYC Friday and swung over to Batalis Otto Enoteca .... to say I am smitten is an understatement

I wish we had something like this in Ct .... maybe Batali will think about a spot at one of the casinos?

Fabulous wine list - - starters - - pastas -- pizzas.....OMG
A little noisy tho.......
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ANYONE been there and can recommend a place like this in CT?

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    Meesch70 May 30, 2010 06:28 AM

    A fellow Otto fan!! It's a must visit each time we visit NYC. The charcuterie plate is a thing of beauty. I can't think of any place in CT that might compare....I have my hopes on the new Bricco coming to Glastonbury!

    1. steve h. May 30, 2010 02:31 PM

      400 yards (probably less) over the Greenwich border into Port Chester is Tarry Lodge, yet another Batali outpost. I like the bar, I like the salumi and I like the pizza. Otto's claim to fame is wine and nibbles at the bar. Tarry Lodge is pretty good. Not better, not equal, but good nonetheless. Prices are moderate. Give it a shot at the bar and tell us what you think.

      1. ChefBoyAreMe Jun 1, 2010 10:53 AM

        I can't vouch for it personally, having never been there, but after Tarry Lodge in nearby Portchester, the next closest thing to Otto would probably be Pizzeria Molto in Fairfield, from everything I've read, and what I've seen on the website:

        http://pizzeriamolto.com/index.php

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          sibeats Jun 1, 2010 11:45 AM

          Perhaps in looks, but not in food. It's decent, but nothing close to Otto...or Tarry Lodge...we go for lunch, split a couple of small plates and a thin crust pizza...

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          debvil Jun 1, 2010 11:53 AM

          Got a pleasant Otto-esque feel at Rizzuto's in Westport the other night. Shared a nice platter of cheeses, meats, veggies, truffled honey, etc. and some quartinos of wine with friends at the bar.

          Was it as great as Ottos? No - but I felt was a pretty good sub for fairfield county. Prices were good too.

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            foleyd7 Jun 3, 2010 06:12 PM

            Never been to Otto, but have been to Tarry Lodge. Great pizza, pasta, and wine. Search the NY board for a lot of details on this. My own write up of TL is here:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6839...

            I've been to Rizzuto's in West Hartford and if the Westport chain outpost is similar it is not at all worth mentioning in the same breath as Batali. I'm not saying it is bad, but there are TONS of places in Fairfield County that I would rank way ahead of Rizzoto's.

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            chowmensch Jun 1, 2010 01:17 PM

            There's a place in Hartford on Pearl Street called Bin 228. I may have the number wrong and I'm not even sure if it's still in business and I've never been there (I know, why am I even suggesting this place?) but from what I've heard it may be along the lines of what few is looking for.

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            Bin 228
            228 Pearl St, Hartford, CT 06103

            Pearl Street Cafe
            1 Pearl St Ste 1600, Brockton, MA 02301

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              FoodieJim Jun 4, 2010 09:59 AM

              Still exists, but it is more of a wine bar than Otto. Very small menu of paninis and small plates. You don't really go there for the food, which in essence exits to give you something to munch on while you sip wine. Not that the food is bad. But one wouldn't make Bin 228 a "food" destination.

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              Bin 228
              228 Pearl St, Hartford, CT 06103

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              few Jun 3, 2010 04:02 PM

              wow - sounds like few interesting leads!!.. THANKS

              ....I will have to figure out how to work these in - none of them are near where I live (8-[

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                lillydaisy Jun 6, 2010 07:46 PM

                Also try Strada 18 in South Norwalk. Though different from Otto, the pizzas are terrific, good wine list, nice- fresh appetizers and a NY sensibility with the menu in general as opposed to the typical Fairfield Cty. pizza joint.

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                Strada 18
                122 Washington St, Norwalk, CT 06854

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