OTTO Rocks II! Submit your OTTO-ized Album Cover And Win $200 Worth Of Pizza

We invite you to salute OTTO’s 6 years of serving pizza goodness to New Englanders!Bakonia Post your own versions of OTTO-themed album covers on our Facebook timeline and WIN!

Submit your album cover by October 31st. On November 2nd, we will choose the three best entries and award the following prizes:

1st place: $200 OTTO gift card & an OTTO T-shirt
2nd place: $75 OTTO gift card & an OTTO T-shirt
3rd place: $25 OTTO gift card & an OTTO T-shirtPizza Jam

Entries may be posted on our Facebook timeline or emailed to

OTTO reserves the right to remove and/or disqualify entries that are not suitable for all ages, or which are otherwise not aligned with OTTO’s good taste.

We will add the very best entries to our ‘OTTO Rocks II!’ Facebook gallery, and elsewhere.OTTO Station

Check out entries from the original OTTO Rocks! for some inspiration.

Get to it! We salute you!The OTTO

ENZO’s Piece of Music History: The Police, Beastie Boys, Black Flag, Wu-Tang Clan & Metallica Drank Here

ENZONext to OTTO’s original slice shop at 576 Congress Street in Portland, you’ll find ENZO. The centerpiece of ENZO is its bar — a beautifully carved piece of craftsmanship in mahogany that exudes a sense of history. When you sit at the ENZO bar, you have the feeling that the bar has a million stories to tell.  If bars could talk, this one could tell you some stories.  It was once upon a time at the heart of one of rock’s legendary outposts: The Rathskeller (known lovingly as The Rat), located in Boston’s Kenmore Square.

The Rathskeller, Boston

The Rathskeller, Boston

For those of you unfamiliar with ENZO, it’s complicated. The cozy, beloved room opened in 2010 when the small space next to OTTO became available. At the time, when OTTO existed only as a take-out location, the expansion shared the same kitchen, served the same pizza, but had its own name, its own sign, and its own door. (Still does.) It offered OTTO customers a place to sit and enjoy their pizza with a glass of wine or a glass of craft beer.

Most folks sitting at the bar, however, might be unaware that their elbows are resting where countless rock legends rested theirs, before or after they graced the stage of The Rat.

The next time you visit ENZO, remember that you’re sitting where the following (and countless others) likely sat:

Sonic Youth at The Rat

Sonic Youth performing at The Rat

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Agent Orange
Agnostic Front
Aimee Mann
Alex Chilton
At the Gates
Babe the Blue Ox
Babes in Toyland
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Big Black
Black Flag
Bloodhound Gang
Buffalo Tom
Butthole Surfers
Chris Isaak
Dag Nasty
Dead Kennedys
Del Fuegos
Dinosaur Jr

REM at the Rat

REM at the Rat

Dream Syndicate
Dropkick Murphys
Galaxie 500
Gang Green
Gang of Four
GG Allin
Geezer Lake
Goo Goo Dolls
Gorilla Biscuits
Henry Rollins

The Cars at The Rat

The Cars at The Rat

Human Sexual Response
Husker Du
Iggy Pop
J Geils Band
Joan Jett
John Cale
Los Lobos
Lou Reed
Mazzy Star

Aimee Mann at The Rat

Aimee Mann at The Rat

Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Mission of Burma
Mother Love Bone
Napal Death
Patti Smith
Powerman 5000
Quiet Riot
Red Hot Chili Peppers

Talking Heads at The Rat

Talking Heads at The Rat

Redd Kross
Richard Hell
Rick James
Scruffy The Cat
Sick of it All
Sonic Youth
Soul Asylum
Steve Earle
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Talking Heads
The Cars
The Clash
The Cramps

The Jam at The Rat

The Jam at The Rat

The Damned
The dB’s
The English Beat
The Fall
The Flaming Lips
The Go-Gos
The Jam
The Lemonheads
The Mr. T Experience
The Neighborhoods
The Plasmatics
The Police
The Queers
The Remains
The Replacements

The Replacements at The Rat

The Replacements at The Rat

The Runaways
The Smithereens
The Stranglers
The Wipers
Thin Lizzy
Throwing Muses
Til Tuesday
Tiny Tim
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Volcano Suns
White Zombie
Widespread Panic
Wu-Tang Clan

To learn more about how OTTO acquired the Rat’s bar, click here.

OTTO Alum Leads Uganda to Little League World Series

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Evan with Team Uganda

If you tune into ESPN at 1pm on Thursday, August 20, you will see Newburyport’s own Evan Petty, managing the Uganda Little League team in their opening game of the Little League World Series.

Evan, a Syracuse grad with a degree in Journalism and a love for baseball, worked in OTTO’s Newburyport location in its first few months of operations, before heading to Uganda to teach English. In his spare time, Evan assembled a juggernaut of a baseball team.

Read more about Evan in this profile. It’s an inspiring story on many levels, and we hope you’ll join us in cheering on Team Uganda.

Today, two OTTO drivers from our Newburyport location (Aidan and Ryan) headed to Williamsport PA with 15 large pizzas to feed the team. We hope that we can help to fuel a win, although our gesture pales in comparison to what Evan has contributed.

We at OTTO are incredibly proud of Evan, and we wish Team Uganda the very best of luck during the series.

Introducing The OTTO App with OTTO Rewards

OTTO’s Mobile App: Deliciously Rewarding

We are pleased to announce the launch of the official OTTO Mobile App, featuring OTTO Rewards.

OTTO_App Promo2_Page_1FREE from the Apple App Store and Google Play (Search: OTTO Portland), The OTTO App is loaded with the following features:
• Quickly place orders from your phone
• Track and redeem OTTO Rewards
• Receive exclusive offers
• Load & Redeem Gift Cards
• Orders saved to your account for quick and easy reordering
• Locate the nearest OTTO
• Call any location directly from the app

EARN DOUGH with OTTO Rewards

Join OTTO Rewards to earn points toward future purchases. Receive 20 points just by signing up. Receive 1 point for every $1 spent. Reach 100 points and earn a coupon for $10 off your next purchase!

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
• Quick & easy sign-up
• Start earning points (20 bonus points just for signing up!)

Maine Locals Revive a Beloved Yarmouth Landmark With Village Market and Eatery

For over 150 years the corner of East Elm and Main Street has been the gateway and anchor of the Yarmouth Village. For the past 77 years it has been a Village Store that locals affectionately refer to as “Handy Andy’s.”

1002850_403085709800831_77980649_nHandy Andy’s is a place where generations mix easily. A destination that prefers walking and riding to driving. A place where ice cream, coffee, and good conversation flow easily.

In March, Sean Ireland and two local partners purchased the store. Their vision was to embrace and build on the best of Handy Andy’s and to expand the business model in a manner that allowed for significant investment in the infrastructure – which was badly needed. “The store was really ‘tired’ and needed a lot of love. As locals we appreciated what the store meant to the community and saw so much potential,” said Ireland.

Ireland’s vision was to create a unique multipurpose business model that honored the distinct character of the Village, while meeting the growing needs of a community that appreciates quality goods and services.

He wanted to partner with friends and family to bring the best of the greater Portland experience to the Yarmouth Village. He and his cousin, Amy Ireland, reached out to over 30 local businesses. Amy embraced the process. “We had so much to learn,” she said. “Over the course of five months Sean and I met with dozens of business owners. We were eager to learn about their businesses and to share our vision for the project. On the whole, everyone was really supportive and excited about what we wanted to do. Timing and compatibility with regard to approach and branding were huge factors in our conversations and what would make the ultimate partnership.”

Sean agreed. “We didn’t know where we would land but we were really passionate about the project and that resonated with folks. It wasn’t just about opening a successful business. It was about being true to the sense of place and the people and really enjoying and embracing the partnerships – and we think we’ve hit a home run.”

In June, Handy’s Store will reopen as a Village Market/Grocer, Café, and Gourmet Pizza. Amy Ireland will run the Village Market/Grocer, Guy and Stella Hernandez of Hill Top Café and Lolita will operate the Café, and Mike Keon and Anthony Allen, founders of OTTO, will be serving up salads and gourmet pizza.

“We really liked Amy and Sean’s vision for the project. We thought it was really important that we embrace the Handy Andy’s brand and that customers have a ‘seamless’ experience, so it was easy for us to fold the Café into the overall brand. We have two very distinct experiences in Portland and we wanted this project to stand on it’s own as well,” stated Stella Hernandez, co-owner along with her husband, of Hiltop Café, located on the East End in Portland. The Café will serve local ice cream, coffee, espresso, tea, sandwiches and soups, as well as fresh baked breads and other goodies.

Ireland thought long and hard about bringing more pizza to Yarmouth, but after hundreds of conversations with folks in the community and lots of positive feedback, he was confident there was room for gourmet pizza – which didn’t exist north of Portland. OTTO was a likely choice and after the first meeting both parties left feeling like this could be a great partnership.

“We weren’t necessarily looking to expand,” stated Anthony Allen, co-founder and owner of OTTO. “When Sean approached us, we were a bit hesitant, but really intrigued by the uniqueness and the partnership opportunity of the project. When we learned more about the history of Handy Andy’s and what it has meant to the Village and Yarmouth – we just fell in love with it. We’re really excited about becoming a part of the community.”

Phase two construction will include a Post and Beam Carriage House that will seat approximately 30-35 people and will include a ‘Community Board Room’ on the 2nd floor for use by individuals and organizations. Construction will begin in September and be completed in November.

A vision shared by all parties is that Handy Andy’s will continue on for the next 150 years. As a place that embraces the best of the past. A place where generations continue to mix easily. A destination that still prefers walking and riding to driving. And finally, a place that locals will likely still affectionately refer to as “Handy Andy’s.”

Oscar Tango Tango Oscar: Rising Tide and OTTO’s Spring Collaboration Is Here!

OscarTango_Poster_V1_50percOn the heels of Autohelm, the highly regarded winter collaboration, OTTO and Rising Tide Brewing Company are launching their spring collaboration, Oscar Tango Tango Oscar, a crisp, snappy, and sessionable pale ale brewed with rice.

Starting this weekend in Maine, diners at all OTTO locations will be able to pair their pie with Oscar Tango Tango Oscar. By the week of April 27, OTTO diners at our Coolidge Corner and Comm Ave locations in Massachusetts will be able to do the same.

This limited special collaboration will be available exclusively at OTTO.

The brewing process kicked off on April Fool’s Day (coincidence, we promise!), with OTTO team members on site. While the Autohelm collaboration was brewed to provide a hearty, hoppy dose of comfort during the harsh New England winter, Oscar Tango Tango Oscar’s citrusy snap goes perfect on our sunny patios while sharing one of OTTO’s spring pies — eggplant, ricotta and basil, or roasted chicken, caramelized pears and fontina.

Oscar Tango Tango Oscar’s profile is sure to provoke an onset of Spring Fever. Proceed with caution.

Aroma: tangerine, orange peel, grapefruit, rose
Taste: tangerine, grapefruit, cereal, crisp with a snappy bitterness
Malts: 2-row, flaked rice, carapils
Hops: amarillo, mandarina, cascade
Yeast: house american ale
Specifics: 4.4% abv, 1.044 o.g., 4 srm, 25 ibu


Three OTTO Team Members to be Featured at the 2015 International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas

Every year, thousands of pizzeria owners, operators, managers, distributors and food topbrokers from all over the world convene at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas for five days of educational seminars, workshops, cooking demonstrations, competitions, exhibits, and activities. In other words, the Pizza Expo is kinda the South By Southwest of pizza.

This year, 3 members of the OTTO team will be making several appearances:

Allen-KeonOTTO Co-owners Mike Keon and Anthony Allen will be featured in the Pizzeria Concept Showcase, an annual presentation by “super-successful pizzeria owners, who will describe the evolution of their concepts and take your questions.” Mike and Anthony’s session will focus on multi-market operations.

Anthony will also be part of a panel discussion for new pizzeria operators entitled Common Pizzeria Start-Up Mistakes and How to Avoid Them. Like any entrepreneurs, the panelists have made some mistakes, and they hope to save others the trouble.

EricShepherdEric Shepherd, OTTO’s Director of Marketing & Communications will be leading a seminar entitled Growing Your Customer Base With Cause Marketing, co-leading a workshop entitled Digital Marketing For Pizzerias, and will be part of a panel discussion entitled Building Business With Mobile And Online Orders. This will be Eric’s second year presenting at Expo.

If you happen to be in Vegas, come by and say hello. Several other OTTO team members will also be on hand. We look forward to seeing you, and we hope to come back smarter, and inspired.