It’s our birthday, and we have presents for you!

We’re 9!

On June 18, 2009, Mike Keon and Anthony Allen opened the first OTTO, a tiny slice shop on Congress Street. Nine years, 12 locations (soon to be 13!), and millions (yes millions) of pizzas later, we are so incredibly thankful for all the hard work and passion that our employees have put into making OTTO what it is today.  But none of it would be possible without you, our customers. When everyone told us mashed potatoes on pizza would never fly, you proved them wrong. You have been with us through thick and thin (not a crust joke, we swear!), and we greatly appreciate your loyalty over the past nine years.

New Menu!

As a way to say thank you for the past nine years, we have a present for you. Today, at all locations, we are rolling out a new menu, which, aside from featuring most of your OTTO favorites, includes:

  • New pie additions:
    • Mango Habanero Chicken (or Cauliflower), with House-made Pineapple Salsa
    • Arugula, Red Onion & Kalamata Olives
    • Jalapeno, Bacon & Ricotta
    • Pineapple Salsa, Bacon & Fresh Jalapeño
    • Sausage & Broccoli
    • Buffalo Cauliflower, Scallion & Blue Cheese
  • New salads:
    • Greek Salad
    • Chicken Cobb
  • Vegan Cheese Options
    • Violife Mozzarella-style shred may be added to any pie
    • Note: All non-meat toppings (with the exception of our butternut squash and mashed potatoes) are prepared vegan.
    • Our Mushroom and Cauliflower are now prepared vegan
  • Detroit Style Pizza (at select locations)
    • This delicious, thick, deep-dish, crispy-crust treat is now on the menu at our Brookline and Munjoy Hill locations
  • Everything Knots (at select locations)
    • Our dough baked and sprinkled with ‘everything’ seasoning
    • Available at several OTTO locations: All Portland and South Portland locations, Yarmouth, and Brookline

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Rising Tide Collaboration Beer!

OscarTango_Poster_2017Our fourth release of our Spring collaboration with Portland’s Rising Tide Brewing Company, Oscar Tango Tango Oscar, is currently pouring in ME locations, and will be rolling out to MA locations in the coming days!

Oscar Tango Tango Oscar is a crisp, snappy, and sessionable pale ale brewed with rice. The perfect thing to pair with one of our new pies.

New Box!

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Our new pizza boxes will be hitting the streets this week! The box cover design comes from Mali, a 7th grader at King Middle School in Portland. Mali competed with hundreds of students throughout New England, made it through the voting phase, and then was named the winner by our panel of judges. Mali’s school was given $1000 towards art education, and Mali and runners up received pizza parties, OTTO swag, prize packs from Artist & Craftsman Supply.

Come on out and help us celebrate nine years of OTTO!

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Hello, Saco! OTTO opening full-service location adjacent to Cinemagic IMAX!

Untitled-1The rumors are true. OTTO will be opening its 7th Maine location this June on Route 1 in Saco, adjacent to the Cinemagic IMAX theater and across the street from Funtown Splashtown.

The 80-seat location at 779 Portland Road will feature all the OTTO bells and whistles, and then some:

  • Quick-serve slice counter
  • Full-service dining room
  • Full bar (with 12-20 taps of regional craft beer)
  • Takeout counter
  • Outdoor patio seating
  • Delivery
  • Weekly fundraiser series

We are thrilled to become part of the neighborhood, and we have been humbled by an abundance of well-wishes and welcomes from Saco residents, businesses, employees and organizations. We can’t express how excited we are.

To stay up to date on our progress, opening dates, events, and more, please like our OTTO Saco Facebook page.  For employment opportunities, please visit our careers page.

See you this summer, Saco!

Devil’s Purse Tap Takeover on Munjoy Hill

Craft beer and tacos? Yes, please.

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Join us tomorrow, May 4th at OTTO East End (225 Congress Street) for a night of beer, weekend specials, and of course, pizza!

Our friends from Devil’s Purse Brewing Co.
will be in town taking over a portion of our
new tap line with a selection of their
delicious brews. What exactly will be
on tap, you ask? Devil’s Purse will
be pouring their Handline Kolsch,
Surfman’s Check ESB, Stonehorse Citra,
and Season in Hell Plum Saison.

Along with the tap takeover, we decided it was only appropriate to serve some food and cocktail specials in spirit of Cinco de Mayo. Additional specials will include:

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  • Specialty Taco
  • Taco-style Pizza
  • Jalapeno & Lime Margaritas
  • Banded Brewing Co. Wicked Bueno Cans

Come on down and help us ring in the weekend a day early. We look forward to seeing you!

 

OTTO featured in ‘Crusts: The Ultimate Baker’s Book’

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OTTO founders Anthony Allen and Mike Keon are featured in Crusts, a brand new, 848-page baking book from Cider Mill Press.

Crusts: The Ultimate Baker’s Book features over 300 recipes from expert bakers around the world, covering breads, croissants, pizzas, pies, and more. The publisher describes the cookbook as “the ultimate resource for every level chef, and is a keystone addition to your cookbook library.”

Written by Barbara Elisi Caracciolo, owner of Spigamadre bakery in Sweden and blogger behind Bread and Companatico, Crusts runs the gamut, featuring: gluten-free, Paleo, vegetarian, and vegan recipes; complete how-to sections on making your own dough, bread, and pizzas with easy-to-follow instructions; helpful tips and techniques from expert bakers and chefs; culinary histories behind your favorite loaves and pastries; an illustrated catalog of more than 100 grains from around the world and throughout time, and much more.

IMG_7097The book features a profile on OTTO, an interview with owners Mike and Anthony, and the recipe for OTTO’s signature ‘Masher’ pie (Mashed Potato, Bacon & Scallion), which has been named one of the best pizzas in America by The Food Network.

It’s an elegant and informative book, packed with a wealth of insight and inspiration. Pick it up at your local independent bookstore, directly from the publisher, or anywhere books are sold.

OTTO Rewards just got a whole lot awesomer

Rewards_Box_Flyer copyIf you’re an OTTO Rewards member, things just got a whole lot better.  If you’re not an OTTO Rewards member, there’s never been a better time to join!

We have been listening, and we are pleased to announce some exciting changes to OTTO Rewards:

  • Faster Rewards: New members will receive their first reward ($5 off) at 50 points — and, as always, you get 20 points just for signing up! Receive a second reward ($5 off) at 100 points, and then $10 off for each additional 100 points earned!
  • Longer-lasting Rewards: Members now have twice as long (60 days!) to redeem rewards.
  • Exclusive Offers: OTTO Rewards members will be eligible for exclusive offers and opportunities!
  • Additional Rewards Opportunities: In the coming months, OTTO Rewards members will have opportunities to earn additional Rewards opportunities, including OTTO swag, exclusive experiences, and special events!

Start earning dough today! We have two quick & easy ways to join:

Through the OTTO Mobile App
• Download the OTTO App from the Apple App Store or Google Play
• Join by clicking on the Rewards button
• Start earning points (get 20 points just for signing up!)

Online at ottoportland.com/rewards
• Quick & easy sign-up
• Start earning points (20 bonus points just for signing up!)

Pizza Party & Prizes for ‘Draw Outside of the Box’ Winner & Runners-up at King Middle School

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Mali (left) is joined by Third Place Winner, Lilah (Right), to show off their check.

As part of the winners’ prizes for our 2017 ‘Draw Outside of the Box‘ contest, a pizza party was held at King Middle School in our hometown of Portland, Maine. This year, King was home to all three winning designs!

The fact that the students were able to celebrate together, with their classmates and teachers, was representative of the collective nature of this project and a testament to the school’s involvement in the contest.

Along with the pizza party, all three winners — Mali, Mattea, and Lilah received an OTTO gift card, various prizes from Artist & Craftsman Supply, an OTTO t-shirt, and an OTTO beanie.

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2nd Place Winner, Mattea, poses with her prizes

The first place contestant, Mali, will have her design printed on thousands of pizza boxes and distributed to OTTO locations throughout New England. We anticipate the boxes to be in-store in the coming weeks!

In recognition of Mali’s first-place design and art teacher Mary Wellahan’s dedication to her students, the King Middle School Art Department received a $250 gift card from Artist & Craftsman Supply and a $1000 check in support of art education from OTTO.

We decided it was only fitting to give the donation in the form of a giant check because hey, who doesn’t want to get a giant check? The students and teachers were as excited to receive it as we were to present it!

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1st place winner Mali and art instructor Mary Wellehan

We would like to congratulate all of the talented artists and designers who participated in our second ‘Draw Outside the Box’ contest, as well as thank all teachers, family, and friends that supported so many hard-working and diligent students all across New England!

 

20 Taps! New Menu Items! Cocktails! A New Beer! Lots to celebrate at OTTO’s Spring Smörgåsbord!

It may not look much like Spring out there, but everything’s new at OTTO East End (225 Congress Street). The second-oldest OTTO location, located at the foot of Munjoy Hill, has just received a Spring refresh!

Join us on Thursday, March 15 from 5-8pm for our Spring Smörgåsbord, showcasing a bevy of exclusive new additions to the East End OTTO.

During the event, 50% of all sales of new menu items will be donated to our friends, the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization.

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20 Taps!
We’ve vastly expanded our tap lines, and will be featuring the very best in regional craft beer!

Pizza Night IPA
We’ll be launching Pizza Night IPA, our brand new beer collaboration with Banded Horn Brewing Co. made with Simcoe, Mosaic, Azacca and Summit hops. An herbal, grassy, piney & tropical-flavored IPA made just for OTTO.

Signature Cocktails
Moscow Mule
Gin Basil Collins
Manhattan
Rosemary Margarita
OTTO Palmer

New Bar Menu!
A slew of delicious new things that we like to call ‘Not Pizza:’
Sliders (Meatball, Falafel, or Pulled Pork)
Hand-Cut Fries w/House-Made Sauces (Buffalo-Dusted or Loaded)
Baked Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Everything Knots

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Detroit Style Pizza
We’ve held several pop-ups in Maine and Massachusetts to perfect our take on Detroit-Style pie, and we’re thrilled to be serving it full-time at OTTO East End. Expect a delicious, square-shaped, deeper dish pie with a thick, crispy crust.

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