Monday, October 31, 2011

Finally Eating at Otto's

Otto Clam Pie
Until last week, I'd never eaten at Otto's. I don't know why. Maybe because there's a famous chef's name attached to it and my friends and I have always assumed it was too pricey for the likes of us. Maybe because you need a reservation, and my life is more spontaneous. Maybe because it's where you take your boyfriend for a nice birthday dinner after you've been dating for a year or so, and I've never had that opportunity. Maybe because it's for bourgeois yuppies who instantly know it's pronounced "Oh-toe", and I'm certainly not one of those people. Whatever. I went for a birthday dinner, and I can decisively say that my pasta was undercooked.

Black & White Dessert
Of my meal, the dessert was better. I went with the Black & White: milk chocolate chip gelato, hazelnut croccante, crème fraiche gelato, chocolate sauce, and caramel crema. Of the desserts I tried there—we all shared on the dessert front—I deemed it the best. And I wasn't blown away by any of them. The gelato was creamy and smooth, very well made by anyone's standards. But for $11, I expect to be blown away at least a little bit. It didn't help that I had had real New Haven clam pie the night before, so when I saw Otto's version of clam pie I thought it was a joke. There weren't even clams in all of those shells! At least now I know that if you go to Otto's get the pizza or the braised pork shoulder pasta. Maybe now that I know it's not as expensive as I once believed I'll actually make it back there. But I'm not rushing.

Otto Enoteca Pizzeria
1 Fifth Avenue
(212) 995-9559


Elisa H said...

Ah, thank you! This was the top food destination for my family while on vacation a few years ago, and my dad almost got in a fight with the sommelier for not knowing his shit, and the lardo pizza made me gag.

John M. said...

On the other hand you, Elisa, are clearly someone that definitely does know shit.

Elisa H said...

I don't pretend to know shit about wine, but my dad does. Anyways, have you ever eaten lardo pizza?