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Manhattan: Otto Pizzeria1 Fifth Avenue , Phone: 212-995-9559
Reviewed by: Kim from NJ, review #4112
A family favorite where everyone can find something good to eat.
Directions: Corner of 8th Street and Fifth Avenue (on the east side of Fifth)
I'm not embarrassed to say the Otto Enoteca is one of our go-to restaurants in NYC. It was one of the first "nice" restaurants that we could take our picky child to where she was happy to order a "plain" pizza while we enjoyed either a fancy pizza or pasta. So although our now almost adult picky eater gave us "permission" to go to a different restaurant on our recent excursion into the City for our annual visit to the Christmas markets, it's pretty much become tradition to have lunch at Otto after shopping, so we returned.
As always the food was good though they replaced our favorite pizza, the expensive one that had egg, guanciale and black truffle (at $36) with the now astronomically priced pizza with egg and shaved white truffle (at $78), so we opted for pasta instead. Couldn't beat the price at $10-$11 for a plate and I enjoyed the daily special of linguine with cavolo (cabbage) and speck, while Chris enjoyed his Bucatini Alla Gricia; Sammi had the four-cheese pizza (with plenty leftover to bring home for dinner that night).
The wine list is always good for a look and we opted for a favorite of ours, the Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino at a $58 (about double what I've seen it for retail). One note on the wine, we both thought it was a bit warm. It's a pet peeve of ours when restaurants serve wine warm (i.e., if you keep your restaurant set to 76F, that doesn't mean the wine should be served at that temp). It's kind of a shame too because they do have a really interesting wine list to make that type of mistake.
We skipped dessert as they didn't have my favorite salted peanut gelato and opted for two espressi instead (plus we knew we'd be visiting Molly's Cupcakes on the way back to our car). If it weren't for the wine, this would have been a very reasonable sit-down lunch in the city. I'm pretty sure we'll return next year.
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