Located in Greenwich Village, Otto Enoteca Pizzera is Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s vibrant and approachable pizzeria. It’s the most price friendly of the BBHG restaurants in NYC, and even with all the celebrity chef hype, the food and service at Otto were excellent. Otto is just around the corner from Babbo, so if you can’t get a table there, head on over here for your Italian fix.
We braved the cold on a chilly February evening and were delighted to step into the warm, welcoming space that is Otto. The space is designed to look like an Italian train station, and there’s a rotating list of train stations on the wall to notify diners when their table is ready. We had a reservation so we skipped this step and were seated in the main dining room immediately. Warm textures, terracotta red, filled with energy! I have never visited Italy, but have experienced other European train stations, and I picked up on that vibe at Otto. It was lively, but not too loud to hold a conversation at the table.
If you love Italian food, you’ll be spoiled for choices at Otto. There were plenty of tasty vegetarian options for us, and I spent a while debating pizza vs. pasta.
John ordered the Quattro Formaggi ($14), the four cheese pizza. Tomato, mozzarella, taleggio, cacio, ricotta. This was really tasty, and they’re quite generous with the cheese. Unfortunately, one of the cheeses was a bit much for John.
I ordered the Funghi & Taleggio ($13). Mushrooms, taleggio cheese, parsley. The crust was perfect, and the earthiness of the mushrooms paired with the cheese was just delicious. The flavors were rich, but not overwhelmingly so. I couldn’t stop eating!
As you would expect, Otto has a *very extensive* wine menu. Since we already had a little wine at home, we just ordered drinks by the glass. John got some kind of pilsner (I think), and I had a glass of the Bastianich rosato. It was a fairly generous pour and was one of the cheapest by the glass wine options. I figured if Joe Bastianich is willing to put his name on it, it’s good enough for me. There’s something about a bright, fruity rose paired with rich, earthy flavors that makes me a happy girl.
Even though we didn’t finish our pizzas, we had to treat ourselves to dessert! There’s always a second stomach for dessert, right? John got the Gianduja Calda ($5) hazelnut hot chocolate with whipped cream, which was perfect for a cold winter evening.
I knew that I wanted something with gelato, and the Olive Oil Coppetta ($11) immediately caught my eye. Olive oil gelato, tangerine sorbetto, pignoli rosemary brittle, lime curd, blood oranges, kumquats. The gelato is heavenly… a subtle olive oil flavors lingers on your tongue. The brittle was fantastic. The sorbet was very refreshing. Every component was good both on its own and together with the other flavors.