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May 15, 2011 01:49 PM

Otto Vs. Otto 2

Any comments on weather there's any noticeable difference between the Original at 576 congress and the newer Otto at 225 congress?

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  1. Pizza is the same. 2 more pies by the slice displayed in the original. If I was planning on sitting down with a group (say 4 of us) I might go the the new place. Otherwise, I kinda like the original just because....

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      1. re: T.Clark

        Probably easier to park up on Munjoy Hill than down in the Arts District. As far as I can tell, the bar looks the same in both places. There are two seating areas in the newer Otto -- one by the "by the slice" counter with tables and one by the bar, with banquettes. The walls next to the banquettes are decorated with harps from piano insides, providing a nicely atmospheric steam-punkish effect.

        1. re: the_MU

          No joy trying to park on Munjoy Hill, but the pizza was so worth it. Best pizza I've had in a long time. Boston's finest doesn't even come close.

          1. re: T.Clark

            I see you're a Boston hound. You can go to Otto in Harvard Square. I can't get enough, so the last time I was down there I dropped my wife off to pick up a few slices while I drove around the block. The pizza tastes the same and the place is more like the original Otto - no place to sit - some don't like this but I think it's part of the charm.

            1. re: bobbert

              I've been following these guys for a few years, I had the original last year so I wanted to try the new one in Portland. I like it better for the seating and it's more convenient if I want to do take out (someone to run in and grab the pies while I circle the block is a must). I'm actually in Portland more than Cambridge (thank god) but I'll try it soon. I'm very surprised at the lack of love toward the Havard Sq Otto, I would have thought there would be more discussion on the Bos Board. They're so stuck on Regina's which pales in comparison.

              1. re: T.Clark

                The yelp people like Cambridge a lot. Their usual (only) complaint is the lack of seating but they don't seem to understand that the original Portland and the new Cambridge Otto's are what they are and seating is not part of the equation. It would be like complaining that Fore Street would be so much better if there were a drive-through window.
                Maybe, as the weather warms up, more Boston hounds will grab a slice and see what they're missing. Have you had a slab at Micucci's? Very different from Otto but also great.

                Fore Street
                288 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101

                1. re: bobbert

                  Yes I have had Micucci's, not usually my style, but I really enjoyed theirs. We waited about a half hour because I had to have a corner piece. There's a thread about Otto over on the Boston board that I started yesterday. In the middle I brought up Micicci's, then I read this blurb this morning.

                  As I said I haven't tried Otto's Cambridge location but I read they use an electric oven which concerns me.

        2. re: T.Clark

          Does the Arts Ditrict Otto's (Enzo's) have salads? Otto 2 does which I find a plus. Beer and wine at Otto's 2. Parking is lousy at both...