Oh Otto!


I am a huge fan of Babbo in New York City. Opened by Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich in 1998, this award-winning restaurant just off of Washington Square has unbelievable food and impeccable service. Unfortunately, as much as I love Babbo, it’s on the expensive side so it’s a once-a-year (maybe twice!) event. This weekend I was invited to a birthday dinner at Otto. Also owned by Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich (and chef Mark Ladner), Otto is the more casual (less expensive!) sister to Babbo. Lucky for me, both the food and service are just as great.

The interior of Otto is modeled after an Italian train station and at the host station they have a constantly changing flip board. Commonly called a Solari Board, after the Solari di Udine company that originally made these types of boards, they have now been replaced in most train stations by LED boards. However, there are still a few in use. It’s a fun decorating touch that adds to the warm, bustling atmosphere of Otto. And who knew an egg on top of a pizza would be so amazing?


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