Otto is most probably the WORST excuse for an Italian restaurant that I have ever been to. If you do not have a discriminating palate then perhaps you should go and try the vile and hideous food that we ordered. It was to say the least, an insult to Italian cuisine. Mario Batali's ancestors would be turning in their graves if they knew the low level fare he is offering up. I disagree with the other reviewers who said their food tasted like Chef Boyardee. I think that Chef Boyardee in the can is leagues above the quality and taste of what we attempted to eat!
Here's an example of what was wrong: PASTA A LA NORMA- a dish we have eaten all over Italy and often prepare for ourselves at home. The pasta was severely undercooked, the eggplant pieces were burnt, and the marinara sauce which was burgundy in color, was God awful! How the hell does an Italian restaurant screw up marinara sauce? The other pasta dish we ordered looked like it came from a homeless shelter. The presentation of the undercooked rigatoni with chopped sausage and escarole was so underwhelming that it could have been assembled by a child. A total embarrassment for a restaurant of this purported calibre. Needless to say, we didn't stay for dessert!
So this is my advice- Run from anyone who suggests this restaurant. It was the culinary experience from hell.....
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