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Otto, Enoteca and Pizzeria at One Fifth Avenue in Greenwich Village


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Lupa is one of my favorite New York restaurants. I've been several times--each time I've had pasta and it's always excellent. The service is very friendly too. I particularly remember the great advice of the sommelier during my first visit 2 years ago. My review of Lupa from last year: Lupa Osteria Romana

 

Been to Otto? I actually like the pasta a little better there... less salt, I think. And better desserts, simce only 1 or 2 of Meredith's are on Lupa''s menu, while there's a complete array of them at Otto.

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Been to Otto? I actually like the pasta a little better there... less salt, I think. And better desserts, simce only 1 or 2 of Meredith's are on Lupa''s menu, while there's a complete array of them at Otto.

Seconded. You can make a fantastic, and reasonably priced meal, by just getting pastas and vegetables at Otto.

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I rarely am in NY without a visit to Otto.

I can see why!  I made my first visit over the weekend and am looking forward to the next opportunity to head back there. The ambiance at the bar on a Saturday afternoon explained the large number of regulars. The food and prices don't hurt either. Topnotch bartending completed the equation - effortless but attentive.

We started by sharing the grande fish antipasti, along with two veggie dishes (English peas with prosciutto and spicy rabe with ricotta salata). I enjoyed all of them, with the baccala(alla pizzaiolo) and octopus(celery, lovage) being my favorites. The Ramps pizza off the specials menu, to which we added an egg on top, was almost too good for words; thin crust, perfectly cooked, and full of flavor.

We were going to pass on dessert, but I'm so glad we didn't. At the suggestion of a neighbor at the bar, we shared the Olive Oil Coppetta (olive oil gelato, tangerine sorbetto, fennel brittle, lime curd, blood oranges).  Wow... the flavors, colors, textures - just right.  The olive oil gelato is a thing of beauty.

It's probably a good thing Otto isn't closer- I think I'd be spending a lot of time there if it was.

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We were going to pass on dessert, but I'm so glad we didn't. At the suggestion of a neighbor at the bar, we shared the Olive Oil Coppetta (olive oil gelato, tangerine sorbetto, fennel brittle, lime curd, blood oranges).  Wow... the flavors, colors, textures - just right.  The olive oil gelato is a thing of beauty.

Pass on dessert?!  That's one of the main reasons to go to Otto.

Glad you didn't...pass on dessert, that is.

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