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Thanks, Maine! OTTO voted Best Pizza for 7th consecutive year

We are beyond thrilled to learn that OTTO has been named Best Pizza and Best Delivery Food in the Portland Phoenix Best of 2017 Awards4ac6a9421404dcf4878f120423d03756_L

Although it’s been nearly eight years since we opened our first (tiny) slice shop on Congress Street in downtown Portland, it continues to be such an honor to be recognized by those who have made our growth possible.  A huge thanks to those who voted for us — not only for your vote, but for your loyalty over the years.

This marks the 18th award OTTO has received via the Phoenix’s annual Best Of poll, including seven consecutive Best Pizza awards, four Best Late-Night Restaurant awards, and four Best Delivery Food awards.  In a town with no shortage of delicious pizza, and with one of the best food scenes in America, we feel especially honored.

We look forward to continuing to serve the wonderful folks of Maine. We are so incredibly fortunate to live, work, and make pizza in one of the greatest towns on the planet.

Thank you, Maine!

Bluegrass Night returns to OTTO Monday March 20!

Monday, March 20 marks the first day of spring (hard to believe on the heels of a Nor’easter, we know). What better way to celebrate than with the return of OTTO Bluegrass Night!

Monday Night Bluegrass has been a beloved Portland staple since 2013, when acclaimed mandolin player Joe K Walsh started assembling a rotating roster of bluegrass greats at our 576 Congress Street location, laying down some of the best performances (of any genre) you will find anywhere in Maine.

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Photo by Gabe Souza/PPH

We’re pleased to announce that, after a short winter hiatus Bluegrass Night is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever.

As if a free evening of world-class bluegrass wasn’t enough, Lone Pine Brewing will be in the house, with giveaways and $4 drafts for the duration of the show — 8pm to close.

For the uninitiated, Joe Walsh was the first student at Berklee College of Music to graduate with a degree in performance specializing in mandolin. He currently teaches at Berklee, where he serves as Managing Director of the American Roots Music Program.

The world-renowned fiddle legend Darol Anger called Walsh “one of my favorite musicians on earth.”

Joe has played in several renowned bands, including Joy Kills Sorrow, the New England Bluegrass BandNorthern Lights, and the Grammy nominated Gibson Brothers.

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$4 Lone Pine brews each and every Monday night!

Writing in the Portland Press Herald, Bob Keyes wrote, “Walsh is the most in-demand mandolin player in Maine, and one of the most sought-after in America. He could easily live in Nashville, Austin or any other acoustic music hotbed, but chooses Portland because he loves the city and is well-treated here.”

And he loves it so much, each Monday night he assembles a handful of the best roots musicians in Maine, or in America, for a fireworks-display of fretwork, lonesome harmonies, and good times.

Some of Bluegrass Night’s past guests have included members of Crooked StillDella Mae, the Josh Ritter Band, and the Ray LaMontagne band. You never know who might pop up, but you can always expect to be blown away.

And to boot, the shows are 100% free.

So, grab your family and friends, pop over for a few pies, some Lone Pine, and take in some of the very best bluegrass you’re likely to hear anywhere.

INTRODUCING: The OTTO Chocolate Chip Cookie!

c45dtrbwaaa6v6dWe are pleased to announce the arrival of the OTTO cookie, now available at all locations, and online!

Over the past several months, we’ve been diligently perfecting the recipe, which is adapted from Ruth Wakefield‘s 1938 recipe used at the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts. The result is a perfect way to top off your meal.

Each 3-inch cookie is baked daily from scratch, using Callebaut imported 60% dark chocolate chips and 82% euro style butter. The result is a delectable, mouth-watering treat — slightly crispy on the outside edges, and chewy-gooey in the center.

In addition to being available at any OTTO location, the OTTO cookie is a great addition to any catering order, sure to perk up any meeting, party or event. And you can add them to any online order, for delivery or pickup!

Go ahead. You totally deserve it.

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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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
Chocolate Lovers Fling
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Bicycle Coalition of Maine / MassBike


Chopped Challenge
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.