Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Outstanding Otto!

Otto is a very casual restaurant owned by Mario Batali, Joseph Bastianich, and Mark Ladner.

The amazing view from our table made us feel like we were on vacation.

Iced tea refills, what more could I ask for?!

We ordered 2 pizzas as appetizers. I guess I was pretty hungry because I forgot to take pictures of them! They were both excellent; one was potato, anchovy, and ricotta and the other was tomato, anchovy, capers, chilies, and mozzarella.

Bucatini with guanciale, onion, and black pepper

Linguine with zucchini, chilies, mint and bottarga

Penne with sweet Italian sausage, garlic and escarole

I had the penne alla Norma (tomato, basil, roasted eggplant, buffalo ricotta) which I very highly recommend; it was off the charts delicious.

The gelati and sorbetti are hand-made daily, and come in many unusual flavors such as salty caramel, olive oil, lemon verbena blackberry swirl, and lemon basil. The gelati and sorbetti are not to be missed.

Espresso with whipped cream and vanilla gelato

Another Excellent Dessert

The prices are extremely reasonable. All the pastas are $9, and the pizzas are from $9 to $14. Because Otto is such a great value, it gets

out of 3 glasses of iced tea

Otto's Vitals

1 Fifth Avenue, at 8th Street
(212) 995-9559

Otto's website

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