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One Day, 7 pizzas

So I was in Portland on Monday /Tues for business and I got a request to bring home pizza for my Boy's Birthday. My Tuesday morning meeting ended at 11:00 so I walked over to Otto Pizza and ordered a cheese pizza to go. Twenty minutes later I was sitting in my car destroying a hot slice. It was great, crispy bubbled edge, excellent fresh tasting tomato sauce, perfect amount of crust to topping. I felt bad though, I can't show up at home with a slice missing, so I called Otto's other location just up Congress Street and ordered a sausage pizza and a potato bacon pizza to-go. 20 minutes later after circling the block 10 times a space opened up. I walked in, grabbed my pies and got back to the car. "DON'T Eat any" I said to myself but the smell was killing me so I gave in and had a slice of each. Soooo good! I decided to put all 3 partially eaten pies in the trunk so I wouldn't be tempted any further. Now I'm cruising 95 south and you know what? I can smell those pies even from my trunk, so I pull over at the N.H. liquor store and grab just one slice of the white pie. Slam goes the trunk. Wife calls and says some neighbors are coming over could I grab a couple extra pizzas. I'm feeling guilty about bringing home partial pizzas so I called Santarpio's new location on Route 1. I figured heck it's right on the way home no harm no foul. "Twenty Minutes" she says, perfect I'm almost exactly 20 minutes away. Pull in, wait 1 minute, grab my Tomato-cheese and sausage pies and moments later I'm eating a slice of cheese in their parking lot. It's terrible! No crust, absolutely soggy center. Boring sauce. Maybe the sausage one is better? Nope, that one sucked too. I put the 2 Santarpio's pies on the back seat as they will be no temptation. Hmmm, now I'm determined to bring home some good pizza so while I'm in the Santarpio's parking lot I call Regina's (on Thatcher St. only) and order 2 "well done" pizza's. 1 cheese, 1 roni. "25 minutes" he says, perfect timing. I circle Thatcher 5 times and knowing this will be useless I asked two teens if they'll run in and bring out my pizzas. Problem solved, $5 tip. A half a block later while illegally parked in front of an alleyway I sink into my first slice of Regina's. Not bad. Way too much uncooked flour on the cornichon made the pie bone dry, sauce and cheese are good, well done as requested. Roni was also heavy on the flour crust.

Now I'm on my way home with 7 partially eaten pizzas. I reflected on my pizza day and all I wanted was another slice of Otto's. Their crust is delicious, you don't want to stop eating it.

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  1. This is the best Chowhound post I have read in a long time! Next time in Portland, I am going to Otto's. You have made me crave pizza right now!!

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    1. re: Small Plates

      They just opened one in Harvard Square, I haven't been yet but I'd suggest giving them a try. I'm surprised there hasn't been more talk about them.

      1. re: Small Plates

        Otto's recently opened a branch in Harvard Square, which is quite good.

        1. re: Small Plates

          Off Boston-topic, but we love grabbing a couple of slices and glasses of rustic red wine next door to Otto, at Enzo in Portland. Otto and Enzo share the kitchen. We need this in Boston.

          1. re: digga

            I did the same last summer. My Intro to Otto/Enzo. To continue the off topic, Micucci's serves a great Sicillian square, worth checking out.

        2. Loved this story, thanks!

          I OFTEN have to put fantastic smelling things in the trunk. Try driving back from Manhattan with Katz's pastrami calling your name at every rest stop.

          "Just one slice" ... that's how it always begins.

          1. I bow (or should I bow wow) to your chowhoundliness.

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            1. re: gourmaniac

              y'know, I walked right past this place the other day @ lunch, line out the door, and wondered... now I'll get there earlier!

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              OTTO Pizza
              1432 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

                1. re: opinionatedchef

                  Electric oven in Harv Sq? That's not promising.

                  1. re: T.Clark

                    no, t, if you look below the write-up, the owner of Otto corrected the writer by saying that the Harv Sq ovens are gas.:

                    "Thanks for checking us out we appreciate the biz. Our ovens though are gas fired not electric, could you make that correction on your site? Thanks, mike

                    Mikeon at 11:31PM on 02/16/11 "

            2. Curious, did your family members or guests question you about the sauce all over your face?

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              1. re: treb

                It would not be out of the ordinary for me to have food on my face. I keep wet naps in the glovie, and I leave a raincoat on the back seat in case I get the urge to eat Lo-Main while stuck in traffic. I used the whole experience as an opportunity to teach my son about the 'pizza fairy' who steals a slice of pizza from children on their birthdays.

              2. My father used to chain-smoke cigarettes the way you are buying/eating pizzas!

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                1. re: Bob Dobalina

                  My wife and I recently did a pizza taste off on Broadway in Somerville. Prima's versus Mama Lisa's.
                  Prima's won the cheese category due to the great sauce and Mamma Lisa's won the pepperoni category with dynamite roni.