Last night I had the pleasure of checking out one of Mario Batali’s restaurants in the city for a client dinner. Our spokespersons only request, pizza. Well this dinner wasn’t your average pizzeria by any standards. Leave it to Mario to turn something as seemingly ordinary as pizza into a gourmet meal.
Modeled to look like an Italian train station, OTTO, meaning “eight” in Italian, is located on the corner of 8th Street and Fifth Avenue, in the historic One Fifth Avenue building, just steps away from Washington Square Park. Taking in the gorgeous view of Washington Square Park on our arrival was another plus for our out-of-town client, which included a brand rep who had only visited NYC on one other occasion.
Open daily from 11am to midnight, OTTO is perfect for a quick snack, a lingering meal, a big group, a family night out or even a large social gathering. Much like Eataly, OTTO has a enoteca section of marble slabs in the front entrance. This is a great area to mingle for happy hour or just grab an appetizer and drink.
Our large party had an array of pizza sampling from classic Pepperoni and Margherita to Truffle Pizza. I would have to recommend the Prosciutto Arugula pizza – my absolute favorite from the night’s options, at least as far as pizza goes. If the appetizer of meats and cheeses and gourmet pizza isn’t enough to tempt your taste buds, I have two words for you, homemade gelato.
Dessert was an assortment of at least fifteen different gelato flavors. Olive Oil, Caramel, Mint Hazelnut, Corn, Raspberry and Citrus Sorbets and at least three different chocolate gelato flavors.
Not only was the food exquisite, but the atmosphere was relaxed yet professional enough to host a client dinner. If I wasn’t a Mario Batali fan before, I would be now.
Have you been to OTTO? Which pizza dish was your favorite?
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