Happy Tuesday! I have another gluten free friendly restaurant to share with you!
Introducing OTTO Pizza, born in 2009 in Portland, ME and now about a 3 minute walk from my apartment. I can actually see the front door from my bedroom window. This may or may not prove to be a very, very bad thing..
They’re rapidly growing, with locations in Portland, Boston (BU campus, Coolidge Corner) and Cambridge, and I swear they’re ALWAYS busy. You know a restaurant is good when it’s busy on a Monday night.
And why wouldn’t they be? The pizza is to die for! I myself can only speak for the gluten free pizza, but I can only imagine how good the regular pizza is from the “mmmmmm”s I got from across the table. They have tons of different options, everything from the traditional Margherita pizza to butternut squash, ricotta and cranberry to chicken + mushroom.
The gluten free pizza crust was light, fluffy and cooked completely through (no sinking in the middle, which is a rarity in the GF world!) and the ingredients were fresh and tasty.
It is important to note, that their pizza isn’t recommend for celiac disease and may be contaminated with gluten from the gluten particles in the air. This seems like a major stretch to me.. If gluten can travel by air that basically means I can’t eat anywhere .. including my own kitchen. But I appreciate their honesty!
From their website:
OTTO’s gluten-free pizza is appropriate for guests with mild gluten sensitivity. However, it is not recommended to guests with celiac disease. While the crust is prepared off-site in a 100% gluten-free production facility, current store operations cannot guarantee that each hand-tossed pizza does not contain trace amounts of gluten.
GF Dough Ingredients: Rice Flour, Tapioca Starch, Potato Starch, Egg Whites, Eggs, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Modified Corn Starch, Sugar, Vegetable Shortening, Yeast, Cellulose Gum, Natural Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Kosher Gelatin, Baking Soda, Xanthan Gum, Distilled Monoglycerides, Guar Gum.
To be on the safe side, I promised myself I would limit my OTTO intake (or otherwise I might end up there every night..) but this might prove to be a challenge because it’s that good. And that close by.
Beyond the food, the service was prompt, the staff was friendly and helpful, the atmosphere was relaxed. The space felt new and clean (with a rustic style) and the price was great. Good beer + wine selection. If you’re in the Boston/Maine area, I highly recommend you head to the nearest OTTO!
What’s your all-time, could-eat-it-all-the-time, favorite food?