For over a year now I have been wanting to try Otto Pizza in Harvard Square. Every time I walk by it I am reminded that I need to set aside a time to plan to dine there. Then something magical happened, I read online that Otto was planning to open a location in Coolidge Corner in Brookline!
Just about two weeks after Otto opened its doors in the space formerly occupied by Friendly's on Harvard St, my cousins and I headed there for dinner.
Beneath the arch of bricks, Otto has two cherry red doors welcoming guests. In the front window are pizza boxes with the restaurant's logo.
Inside the restaurant the first thing you see is the take out counter. Otto has several specialty pies ready and waiting for you to order a slice or two. Normally pizza joints only have one or two flavors available by the slice, but Otto has at least eight!
Since it was our first time at Otto, we decided to try a few different flavors of pizza. Between the three of us, there are strongly varying preferences, so we wound up with a wide range of pies.
We eventually decided on the four cheese, the butternut squash with cranberry and ricotta, and the three cheese tortellini.
The four cheese pizza was underwhelming. Despite the medley of cheese, it tasted bland and in this case, desperately needed tomato sauce.
I was so happy to finally make it to Otto and I am now madly in love with the tortellini pizza. Before we even left I was already thinking about when I could go back to have it again.
I will say, if you're planning to eat dinner at Otto, prepare to wait for a table. Also be advised that this location is crowded with families and as such, children are running around in between tables and in and out of the front door all night. Lastly, don't get attached to the first waiter or waitress who visits your table, as Otto seems to have a zone defense going on and you'll eventually make contact with the entire team.
Have you been to any of the Otto Pizza locations? What was your favorite pie?