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Otto -- report


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Otto -- report

vvv03 | Jan 19, 2003 05:41 PM

I made it to Otto last night. We got there at about 8 and had an hour forty five minute wait. I am sorry to say my report is similar to the ones already listed -- nice Batali-esque space, great wine list, good service, but I found the food to be a bit of a disappointment. Don't get me wrong, if it had just been a pizza joint I stumbled upon out of nowhere, I would have thought it was just fine. But when I go to a Batali restaurant, I expect at least one dish to cause me to pause, close my eyes and sigh when I take that first bite. It didn't happen once last night. We got the caponata and cauliflower appetizers -- both were nothing special. The prosciutto was good, but anyone can go to Zabar's or the like and get the same -- Parma or San Daniele sliced thin and there you have it. I got the pizza with garlic, oil and hot chiles and while it was definitely crispy enough, it was lacking in flavor. I found myself looking for a salt shaker and was disappointed to find they are cocky enough not to supply them on the tables. The two other people with me got tomato based pizzas. They were a bit on the soggier side, but much tastier. We got the hazelnut stracciatella, and I have to disagree with the other posters on this one -- even that was a bit of a let down. I mean, it was tasty, but didn't transport me. I shouldn't hold it against Mario -- I was in Italy this fall and still have fond memories of the nocciola gelato I enjoyed on the streets of Rome. I think maybe Mario is spreading himself a little thin these days (which feels like a bad pun based on the star of the menu, but believe me it's unintentional.) He's still my favorite celebrity chef, though. I'll just go to his old standbys next time I need a fix of the man in clogs.

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