2016: The Year in Giving Back

Since we opened our first little slice shop on Congress Street in Portland back in 2009, giving back has been integral to what OTTO does. From day one, we have committed ourselves to bettering the communities in which we do business, and this commitment continues to grow.

10414491_806020339409898_4134071848483003687_nIt is not lost on us that without having been embraced and supported by our communities over the past several years, we would not have been able to make community outreach an integral part of our company culture.

Our weekly fundraiser series now runs in 10 locations in two states. In addition to these events, we provide many in-kind donations to many deserving charities and community organizations throughout the year.

OTTO has been fortunate enough to have donated to over 300 organizations in Maine, Massachusetts and beyond in 2016. We are extremely grateful to be in a position to do so. As we close the year, we are thankful for the many wonderful organizations that worked tirelessly to better our communities in so many ways.

We’d like to acknowledge some of the organizations that we have had the pleasure of working with in some capacity in 2016. The following is a partial list of these organizations.

Thank you for all you do!

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317 Main Community Music Center
A Company of Girls
A Slice of Hope
ACT Boston
Action for Healthy Kids
Actors Studio Hall
Affinity
Africa Schoolhouse Club at PHS
Almost Home Rescue
American Cancer Society
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
American Heart Association
American Liver Foundation
AmeriCorps
Amirah, Inc.
Amnesty International Boston University
An Evening with Champions
Andrew Gerke Memorial Scholarship
Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland
Anna Jacques Community Health Foundation
Anti-Defamation League New England

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

April Stools Day & Community Cleanup
Arlington Hockey Club
Arlington International Film Festival
Arts In Reach
Back Cove Festival
Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital
Bates College Radio
Belle of the Ball
Bently Academy Charter School
Best Buddies Friendship 5k
Beth Israel Deacones Medical Center
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
Bike & Build
Bikes Not Bombs
Boston College Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Boston College Public Interest Law Foundation
Boston Green Academy
Boston Hassle
Boston Workman’s Circle

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Bikes Not Bombs

Boston’s Children’s Hospital
Brackett School
Breakthrough Greater Boston
BreastFest Concert 4 a Cure
Brendan Conway Memorial Scholarship Fund
Brian D. Silber Memorial Fund & Gold Tournament
Brookline Arts Center
Brookline High School After Prom Party
Brookline High School Poetery Fest
Brookline Rotary Club
Brookline Senior Center
BU Alternative Spring Breaks
BU Baseball
BU China Care Fund
BU Circle K International
BU Color Cancer
BU Community Service Center “Journey for Food Justice”
BU Entrepreneurship Club
BU Global Days of Service
BU Global Human Rights
BU Global Water Brigades

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BU Global Water Brigades


BU HerNetwork
BU Law Public Interest Project
BU Student Volunteers for Special Needs
BU Women’s Club
Buddy Up Animal Society
BUILD Boston’s Annual Entrepreneur Games
Cambodian Arts & Scholarship Program
Cambride YWCA
Cambridge Arts
Cambridge Rindge & Latin School- UNICEF
Cambridge Women’s Center
Cans for a Cure
Cape Ann Animal Aid
Cape Ann Youth Super Bowl
Cape Elizabeth Cross Country
Cape Elizabeth High School Student Council
Cape Elizabeth Land Trust “Paint for Preservation”
Cape Elizabeth Robotics Team
Carry The Future
Casco Bay High School
Casco Bay Japanese Exchange Program
Celebration Barn Theater
Center for Grieving Children
Children’s Dyslexia Center of Woburn
Children’s Museum & Theatre
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Bicycle Coalition of Maine / MassBike


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Chorus Pro Musica
City Year
CityStep
Claws for a Cause
Climate Action Brookline
Clinton Path Preschool
Community Law Center
Community Nursery School
Coolidge Corner Community Chorus
Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation
Coolidge Theater
CoreyFest
Corner Co-op Nursery School
Cultivating Community
Cumberland Boy Scounts Toop 58
Cumberland Community Nursery School
Cumberland North Yarmouth Little League
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Dempsey Challenge
Doctors for Global Health
Dora L Small Elementary PTA
Driscoll School “Arts Equinox”
East Coast Assistance Dogs
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Cancer Community Center


East End School
Easter Seals Maine
Eastern Prom Summer Concert Series
Eastern Trail Alliance
Edge Dance Company & Dizzy Feet Foundation
Edward Devotion School
Edward M. Kennedy Scholorship Fund
Endless Summer 5-Miler
Falmouth Corner Preschool
Family Crisis Services
Firefighter Rice Memorial 5K
FNE International
Food For Free
Fox Library
Fresh Air Fund
Friends of Feral Felines
Friends of Playmakers
Friends of Tobin School
Furniture Friends
Girl Scouts of Maine
Girls on the Run
Global Acupuncture Project
Golden Givings
Gorham High School Key Club
GravityMoves
Greely Girls Soccer Boosters
Greely Middle School Animal Awareness
Harvard “Youth Lead The Change”
Harvard Alpha Phi Foundation
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Girls on the Run


Harvard College Asian Program
Harvard Earth Day
Harvard First-Year Urban Program
Harvard Forum for International Development
Harvard Happiness Project
Harvard Igniting Innovation Summit
Harvard Smart Women Securities
Harvard Underground Women in Business
Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert & Sullivan Players
Harvard-Radcliffe Women’s Leadership Conference
Head Start
Holy Cross School
Hour Exchange
iGlobal Classrooms Student Symposium – USM
Initiative EAU
International Myeloma Foundation
Jimmy Fund
Joslin Diabetes Center
Kappa Theta at Tufts
Kennebunk High School Girls Softball
KETA
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KETA


Kids of Maine
King Middle School
Lano Family Foundation
Lawrence School PTO
LearningWorks
Let’s Get Ready
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Levey Day School
Link House
LobsterJAM Olympic Triathlon
Longfellow Elementary School
Lucius Beebe Memorial Library
Lynnfield High School Play4theCure
Lynnfield High School Post Prom Party
Lynnfield Rotary
Lyrics Music Theater
Maine Access Immigrant Network
Maine Adaptive Sports
Maine Community Law Center
Maine Friends of Animals
Maine Inside Out
Maine Jewish Film Festival
Maine Lobsterman’s Community Alliance
Maine Startup & Create Week
Maine State Ballet
Maine Yoga Fest
MaineStay
Make-A-Wish
March of Dimes
Maria L. Baldwin School
MassBike
Melrose Alliance Against Violence
Milestone Foundation
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Mom to Mom of Maine
Multiracial Adoptive Family Collaborative
Munjoy Hill Spring Cleanup
Muscular Dystrophy Association
My Place Teen Center
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
New England Aquarium
New England Cancer Specialists
New School of Music
Newburyport Boys Basketball
Newburyport Chamber Music Festival
Newburyport Education Foundation
Newburyport Youth Soccer Association
Newton Community Chorus
Next Step
North Shore Civic Ballet
North Shore Medical Center
Odyssey Day School
Opportunity Alliance
Pan Mass Challenge
Parties of Hope
Partners for World Health
Partners in Health
PATHS
Peabody Rotary Club
Peaks Island Walk for CMT
Pets for Vets
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Pets for Vets


Pixel Fund
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
Pond Cove Parents’ Association
Portland Ballet
Portland Buy Local
Portland Chamber Music Festival
Portland Conservancy of Music
Portland Downtown
Portland Firefighters
Portland High School Softball
Portland High School Project Graduation
Portland High School Africa Schoolhouse Club
Portland NAACP
Portland Outright
Portland Ovations
Portland Stage
Portland Symphony Orchestra
Portland Trails
Portland VA Clinic
Protect South Portland
Public Library of Brookline
Purple Vision
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Science Club for Girls


Rainbow Tribe
Read To A Child
Reiche Community School
Relay for Life
RememberU
Ride the Vineyard for MS
River School
Riverton Elementary
Riverview Kids Who Care
Ronald McDonald House Royal River Music Fest
Safe Passage
Science Club for Girls
SealsFit
Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine
Siblings
Silent Sidekicks
Smart Woman Securities
SMCC Women’s Soccer
Soccer Without Borders
SoPo & Cape Buy Local
South Portland High School Boys Soccer Boosters
South Portland High School Career Fest
South Portland High School CIEE
South Portland High School Dollars for Scholars
South Portland High School Football
South Portland High School Girls Volleyball
South Portland High School National Honor Society
South Portland High School Project Graduation
South Portland Historical Society
South Portland Little League
South Portland Robotics
Southern Maine Heart Walk
SPACE Gallery
SpeakOUT
Special Olympics BU
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Special Olympics BU


Spirits Alive
St. Peter’s Golf Tournament
Steppingstone Foundation
Strong Women, Strong Girls
TargetCancer
Team Dimodica
Team With A Vision
Teens to Trails
The Art Department
The Root Cellar
The Telling Room
Thomas Memorial Library Foundation
Timmy Global Health
Timothy Kormann Memorial Golf Tournament
Torigian Family YMCA
Tortoise and Hare 5k
Trefethen-Evergreen Improvement Association
Tri for a Cure
Tufts Medical School’s Sherwood Clinic
Twilight 5K
Underwood After School Program
Unite for Sight Boston
United Way of Greater Portland
USM “Protect the Grand Canyon”
USM Alternative Spring Break
USM Athletic Training Student Association
USM Model UN
Valpo Surf Project
Village Nursery School
Vivid Motion
VOICES Boston
Waltham Community Day Center
WCI
Westbrook High School Drama Boosters
Westbrook High School Football
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Willard Fest
WMPG
Woman’s Center
Woodville School PTO
WordCamp Maine
Wounded Heroes Program of Maine
Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors
Yarmouth Colts Soccer
Yarmouth Community Garden
Yarmouth Day Care
Yarmouth Education Foundation
Yarmouth Field Hockey
Yarmouth Girl Scout Troop 1934
Yarmouth High School Basketball
Yarmouth High School Cross Country Team
Yarmouth High School Humanitarian Experience for Youth
Yarmouth High School Sailing Team
Yarmouth High School Softball
Yarmouth Historical Society
Yarmouth Hockey
YMCA
Youth & Family Outreach
Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge

Give a holiday gift, get a holiday gift with OTTO’s BOGO gift card offer!

The holidays are upon us – and along with them, holiday shopping!  While there are certainly tons of great deals out there, not many of them give you free pizza in return.

Our holiday gift card BOGO offer is here to save the day –we’ve got stocking stuffers galore! With every $25 spent on an OTTO gift card, you will receive a $5 gift card free! Buy a $50 gift card, get a $10 gift card free! (And so on…)

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Maybe you want to give the free cards to some special elves in your life, or maybe you want to store them away for winter noshing — it’s up to you!

Make sure to stop by one of our nearest locations, as this BOGO offer is available in-store only. We hope to see you soon!

Happy shopping!

OTTO Yarmouth Now Delivering!

yarmouthdeliveryWe are excited to announce the addition of delivery service at our Yarmouth location (367 Main Street)!

Delivery service is now available for all of Yarmouth, as well as parts of Freeport, Falmouth, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. (See current delivery area below.)

Customers now have three different ways to get their OTTO fix:

  • Take-out
  • Full service dining (with beer & wine)
  • Delivery

Whether a meal for one, family pizza night, a party, business meeting, or a large event, we’ve got you covered.  (Learn more about OTTO Catering.)

Order online, via the OTTO mobile app, or dial 207-846-1325.

We look forward to serving you.

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OTTO Yarmouth delivery area

Rising Tide-OTTO collab ‘Autohelm’ release party tonight at NEW Back Cove OTTO!

Join us tonight at our brand spankin’ new Back Cove location at 250 Read Street in Portland, as we start pouring the third annual release of Autohelm, a deliciously hoppy amber ale brewed by Rising Tide Brewing Company in collaboration with OTTO.

250mapOur Autohelm release party is from 5-7pm today (Wednesday, Oct 12). Rising Tide and OTTO staff will be on hand to talk about the beer, and there will be schwag! Come check out our new digs while enjoying the first pours of this delicious winter beer.

This limited special collaboration will be available exclusively at OTTO locations in Maine and Massachusetts. (Note: Only 250 Read Street will begin pouring today. Other ME locations will begin pouring early next week, with MA locations in late October.)

If you haven’t had an opportunity to try Autohelm in the past, you won’t want to miss it this year.

The brew has 3.73 rating on social beer discovery service Untappd, eliciting some of the following responses:

autohelm-screen-copy“Delicious!”
“This is incredible.”
“Super solid!”
“Very solid hoppy amber. Piney hops with a strong malt backbone!”
“A sweet, hoppy Amber.”
“Very smooth. Almost creamy. Nice rich malts with hop balance.”
“Oh so good.”
“Great hoppy awesome. Full body with a little sweet.”
“Fan-freakin-tastic! Well done. Hoppy , refreshing, in a season of big heavy beers this was a refreshing change.”
“Wow that is delicious!”

Thirsty yet?

Come on down, grab a few pies, and a few glasses of Autohelm — and be sure to let us know what you think.

OTTO Mallside: One of SoPo’s Hidden Gems

In an unassuming industrial park a stone’s throw from the Maine Mall, sits one of SoPo’s hidden gems.

Don’t blink; you might just miss it.

Tucked between the mall and Clark’s Pond Cinema (and right next door to Maine Escape Games), you will find the most spacious OTTO in Maine.  And one of the only restaurants in Maine with its own indoor bocce court (which doubles as a cornhole court, if you’re so inclined).

Those who have discovered the Mallside OTTO have become enamored with it. Its casual backyard barbecue ambience, the ample parking, and the convenient location make it a great alternative to fast food, and other national chains that line Maine Mall Road.

Keep your GPS on and hone in on it. It’s worth a few passes,” writes Christine B. on Yelp.

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A rare gem in [South Portland],” according to Derek B.

Shannon S. writes, “One of those “if you don’t know it’s there, you won’t know it’s there” kinda locations…cozy vibe and pizza was on point.”

Janice B. says, “So happy to find a spot like this near Maine Mall. We grabbed a bite and then went to a movie – perfect!

Ben V writes, “Ordering online for both takeout and delivery have been flawless. Same great pizza as their other locations, and easily the best pizza in the entire state.”

So, whether it’s a night at the movies, holiday shopping, car shopping, or a trip to the hardware store, you can still get your OTTO fix at one of SoPo’s best kept secrets.

OTTO Back Cove location NOW OPEN

We are pleased to announce the opening of our new Back Cove location at 250 Read Street in Portland.

Currently offering takeout and delivery, this spacious location — the largest OTTO in Portland — will begin full-service dining and bar service on Tuesday, October 11.

The new location is notable for several reasons:

  • screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-12-36-02-pmIts spacious dining room and U-shaped booths make it a perfect destination for larger parties, families, or for gathering with friends.
  • Our bar features 12 taps — the most of any OTTO — and will feature the very best in regional craft beer.
  • This central delivery location means faster deliveries in and around Portland. Faster drive-times mean more delicious (and hotter) pies straight to your home, business, or event.
  • Have a birthday or other celebration? This location features a private room that can be reserved for all kinds of special occasions. (Stay tuned!)
  • Want OTTO at your next business meeting, party, or event? You provide the event, we provide the food. OTTO Catering is always a crowd-pleaser. Contact catering@ottoportland.com

Located just off of Forest Avenue, behind Pratt-Abbott, OTTO’s Read Street location is just a hop, skip, and a jump from Deering Center, Woodford’s Corner, Baxter Woods, UNE, and Riverside.

We look forward to serving you!

Stay in touch:
OTTO Back Cove Facebook Page
Twitter: @otto_pizza
Instagram: @ottoportland

OTTO to OTTO: 130 Mile Ride to Raise Dough

glv_ride_blogOn Saturday, September 24, the OTTO-sponsored bicycle racing team Green Line Velo will cycle from OTTO’s Comm Ave location in Boston to OTTO’s Munjoy Hill location in Portland to raise money, and awareness, for two vital New England bicycle organizations, The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

In one day.  That’s over 130 miles.  They’re gonna need your help, and a lot of pizza, to power through.

Green Line Velo and OTTO have been working together for a few years now (OTTO has been the final stop on GLV’s Wednesday Night Group Rides for years). The relationship grew out of proximity, shared values, and, well, pizza, bikes, and beer.

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Wednesday Night Group Ride in Brookline

When OTTO became an official sponsor of the team in 2016, the idea of a Boston to Portland ride was sparked.  With a shared vision of improving our communities, the decision was made to raise funds and awareness for MassBike and Bicycle Coalition of Maine, with funds going towards cycling safety, infrastructure initiatives, and the promotion of cycling for fitness, fun, and transportation.

Final Wednesday Night Group Ride & Fundraiser
To kick off the event, we will be holding a fundraiser at our 888 Commonwealth Avenue location in Boston after the final Wednesday Night Group Ride on Wednesday, September 14. A portion of every sale between between 6pm-10pm will be donated to MassBike and Bicycle Coalition of Maine.  Please feel free to come out and celebrate another great season, and wish the team best of luck in their 130-mile journey.

Show Some Love — DONATE!
Anyone willing to make a donation to support cycling initiatives in Maine and Massachusetts can do so at the ride’s fundraising page.

Arrival Party, Giveaways, Food and Drink Specials
On Saturday, September 24, we will be holding an arrival party at our 225 Congress Street location on Munjoy Hill in Portland from 4-7pm.  There will be some great food and drink specials, giveaways, and other goodness.

As an added bonus for our cycling enthusiasts, our usual 10% offer to all Bicycle Benefits members will be extended to Buy One – Get One on all slices during the party. You can learn more about how the program works here. If you haven’t already signed up, the time is now!

Come out, meet the team, and support the cycling community!

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Green Line Velo is a bicycle racing team based in Boston dedicated to competing at a high level and developing both individual riders and the sport in general.  By focusing first on a high level of camaraderie, they strive to create a team experience that is similar to collegiate cycling and which creates a cohesive group both on the road in races, as well as on training rides.

GLV are dedicated to the love of the bike, the spirit of competition and, more importantly, to the pursuit of fun and enjoyment for all.  They believe that the bicycle provides the means for their members to enact social good. Through a combination of competition and community outreach, they seek to promote that social good both on and off the bike.


The Bicycle Coalition of Maine works to make Maine a better place to bicycle. Founded by a small group of cyclists in 1992, the Bicycle Coalition has grown into one of the most effective bike advocacy groups in the country. 


The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) promotes a bicycle-friendly environment and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation.