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OTTO’s ‘Draw Outside of the Box’ Contest, Stage 2: Meet the Judges

At 9am on Monday, December 18th, the voting phase of the Draw Outside of the Box contest will come to a close.  On that day, the 30 entries with the most ‘Likes’ in our Facebook ‘Draw Outside of the Box’ album will move on to phase two, in which a panel of esteemed creative professionals (and one former winner!) will review each finalist’s entry and choose the three best designs.

Our panel of judges certainly have their work cut out for them.  Their task will be to single out the very best pizza box design of the 30 finalists — entries which have been competing for public votes (‘Likes’) since the contest began.  This winning design will then be prepared for printing, will go to press, and will become the face of OTTO’s pizza boxes throughout 12 locations (plus delivery and catering services) in MA and ME.  The winner will also receive a pizza party (for up to 30 students) at his/her school, a $100 OTTO gift card, a $100 Artist & Craftsman Supply gift card, an OTTO t-shirt, and an OTTO cap. The winner’s school will receive a check for $1000 to support art education and a $250 Artist & Craftsman Supply gift card.  First through third place will also win pizza and OTTO swag.

It’s a tough job, but we believe our panel is up for the task. (We’d like to mention that these fine and talented folks have volunteered their services for this very special occasion.)

Ladies and gentlemen, our 2017 ‘Draw Outside of the Box’ panel of judges:

Scott Nash
Scott_Nash2As a founding partner of BIG BLUE DOT, Corey McPherson Nash and NASHBOX, Scott Nash has developed an expertise in the branding and creative development of products and programming for the entertainment, consumer product and publishing worlds. In addition to designing identities for Nickelodeon, PBS, ABC, Comedy Central, FX, YTV, Scott’s design clients include American Girl, Disney, Harvard University, Mattel, Milton Bradley, NFPA, The Boston Pops and From the Top.

Scott’s work as a designer and illustrator has been recognized by leading trade organizations and publications such as The Academy for The Arts and Sciences (EMMY award), PROMAX, Broadcast Designers Association, American Institute of Graphic Arts, Society of Illustrators and HOW, Communications Arts, Print and Publishers Weekly Magazines.

He has lectured widely and taught at Boston University, Northeastern University, The Art Institute of Boston. Currently, he teaches at Maine College of Art, where he helped establish the illustration department.

Scott has illustrated over forty children’s books, including Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp! and The Bugliest Bug, Betsy, Who Cried Wolf! and Betsy, Red Hoodie, the series Snow Day! Beach Day! Rainy Day! and Camping Day! as well as the Flat Stanley series by Jeff Brown.

Scott is also a writer, and is the author/illustrator of TUFF FLUFF, The Case of Duckie’s Missing Brain and The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay The Pirate.

Martin Sorger
hs_bwMartin is a designer and creative strategist with over 25 years of experience. He has successfully launched, branded, and rebranded companies and products as both the client and a creative consultant. He has held the lead creative position at the film production company Walden Media, ThingWorld, a developer of multimedia technologies, and Gaming VC, an online gaming operator in Europe. Over the years, Martin has worked with entertainment, sports, technology, and consumer brands including OTTO, Harvard Medical School, Roche Bros., Reebok, Disney, Finagle a Bagel, HP, MIT, NEC, NFL, WWE, and BCBS.

Debbie Kovacs
deborah-kovacs-1Debbie serves as Senior Vice President of Publishing of Walden Media, where she has overseen all editorial publishing activities and was instrumental in the 2005 formation of Walden’s publishing joint venture with Penguin Young Readers’ Group. She worked at Turnstone Publishing Group, Scholastic Inc., where she founded that company’s software publishing group, and Children’s Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop), where she served as editor of Sesame Street Magazine. She is author of more than 30 children’s books, including Katie Copley, When is Saturday?, Brewster’s Courage, and The Tooth Fairy Book. Her work has been published by Viking, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic and others.

James Spindler
5080-James_5X7BW-150x150James Spindler is a prolific creative director specializing in experiential, interactive and retail design projects with some of the world’s most innovative brands and cultural organizations. James’s projects include the critically acclaimed

Gagosian for iPad, a quarterly art application that provides unprecedented access to the global network of Gagosian fine artists and galleries, the Grammy® Award nominated Sting 25 music and tablet app project and collaboration with Maya Lin on ‘What Is Missing?,’ a permanent installation at the California Academy of Arts and Sciences. James and his team also developed the identity and interactive films for Mission Juno to Jupiter which received NASA’s Group Achievement Award.

James’s work has been recognized by the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, British Design and Art Direction, the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the New York Art Director’s Club, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Clios and the Grammy Awards among others.

James attended Pratt Institute’s Master’s Communication Design program and has been a featured guest lecturer at the School of Visual Arts/New York, Parsons: The New School for Design, VCU Brandcenter and the AIGA/NY. He has also had the privilege of speaking at Nicholas Negroponte’s TTi Vanguard Conference, Design as Strategy.

He is a member of the Curator’s Circle at the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Museum of Design and serves on the International Committee of the Russel Wright Design Center in New York.

Clif Stoltze
clifAs founder and creative director of Boston-based Stoltze Design Group, Clif has nurtured a highly collaborative environment that emphasizes a process based on research, sound strategy
and thorough exploration. This inclusive approach yields compelling communications that effectively articulate and reinforce the message or product.

His agency has been honored by AIGA, the Type Directors Club, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Graphis, and the Society of Publication Designers.

Clif has taught at Rhode Island School of Design and Massachusetts College of Art and frequently lectures at schools and design organizations around the country. He has served as AIGA Boston vice president and was honored as the recipient of their 2005 Fellow Award. Reflecting his love of music and album art, Clif’s book 1000 Music Graphics was published by Rockport in May of 2008 and he is also curator of POSTGIG, a traveling exhibit of contemporary music posters.

Ella Trout
image1As an eight grader, Ella Trout was the winner of OTTO’s very first ‘Draw Outside of the Box’ contest in 2013. Now seventeen, Ella has been taking college classes in addition to her high school courses, is painting “all the time” (she had a solo art opening last June), and has put her design skills to work by starting up her own clothing business, Yellowjacket.

Thanks to all of our judges! Best of luck to all our contestants!

Maine Mall OTTO: Your holiday refueling station

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Tucked away in the office park located just a stone’s throw from The Maine Mall, OTTO’s spacious John Roberts Road location serves as a much-needed respite from the holiday shopping grind.

(While you’re in the shopping spirit, however, you may want to take advantage of our Buy One Get One Gift Card promotion!)

Along with dedicated parking, high ceilings, picnic tables, and an indoor bocce court, shoppers can enjoy pizza by the slice or whole pie, signature salads, and a full array of Maine Root sodas, local craft beer on tap, and wine. (We’re currently serving Autohelm, our collaboration with Rising Tide Brewing Company!)

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Whether hitting The Maine Mall, Home Depot, or Clark’s Pond Cinemagic, shoppers have found OTTO to be a welcome addition to Mallside dining options.

In addition to dine-in, The Maine Mall OTTO also offers take-out, catering, and delivery throughout South Portland and parts of Scarborough, Westbrook, and Gorham.

Hours:
Sunday–Thursday 11am – 9pm
Friday-Saturday 11am – 10pm

Come on by, put down your bags, and let us serve you.

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Autohelm: OTTO and Rising Tide’s collaboration brew is back for a limited time!

We are pleased to announce the return of Autohelm, a deliciously hoppy amber ale brewed by Rising Tide Brewing Company in collaboration with OTTO.

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Diners at OTTO restaurants in Maine and Massachusetts will be able to pair their pie with this delightful winter brew, which made its debut last year.

This limited special collaboration will be available exclusively at OTTO, as well as at the Rising Tide tasting room.

The beer is already available in Maine locations, with the Massachusetts launch party happening on Thursday, November 16 from 6-9pm, featuring OTTO’s Detroit-Style Pizza!

If you haven’t had an opportunity to try Autohelm, you should get a piece of the action before it’s all gone.

The brew has racked up a 3.75 rating on social beer discovery service Untappd, and a 3.95 on Beer Advocate, eliciting some of the following responses:

“Delicious!”
“Phenomenal!”
“Super solid!”
“Very solid hoppy amber. Piney hops with a strong malt backbone!”
“Pairs amazingly with pizza!”
“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 and Maine Root: A match made in heaven

What is it that makes Maine so special? Many point to its natural beauty, or the pioneering spirit of its people. Maine is a place where people work hard, fueled by a fierce independence and perseverance.

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It’s a place where two guys frustrated by the uninspired state of pizza decided to put mashed potato on theirs in a tiny slice shop in 2009.  It’s a place where another guy got tired of serving too many bad root beers in his restaurant, and set out to make his own. It’s a place where small ideas and a dogged pursuit of excellence have changed the way people think about food.

We’re proud to announce that OTTO is now serving Maine Root’s certified Fair Trade organically-sweetened sodas in every location in Maine and Massachusetts.

Try a Ginger Brew paired with our Pulled Pork & Mango, a Blueberry Soda with our Butternut Squash, Cranberry & Ricotta, or Mexicane Cola with our Chicken, Caramelized Pears & Fontina.

So many flavors to pair with so many flavors!

It’s a match made in Maine.

OTTO wins ‘Best Pizza – Gourmet’ in Boston A-List Awards

VotingPlatformLogoWe were thrilled and humbled to learn today that OTTO was voted ‘Best Pizza’ in the ‘Gourmet’ category of the 2017 Boston A-List Awards, presented by WGBH. In addition to this honor, we placed third in the ‘Best Pizza – Slices’ category.

As an independent pizzeria born in Portland, ME just eight years ago, it means a lot to feel the Boston love. It’s been a short 6 years since we opened our shop in Harvard Square (our Coolidge Corner and BU locations opened within the next 12-18 months), and we are have enjoyed every minute of it. The people who make up these vibrant and engaged communities inspire us every single day.

With half of our shops, and half of our employees, rooted in Massachusetts, it truly is our other home. We love these communities, and we are so grateful that they seem to like us back.

Thank you, Boston!

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Our Portland Arts District location has re-opened!

DSC_3689We are pleased to announce that, after three weeks of closure due to water damage, our original shop at 576 Congress Street will re-open at 5pm on Friday, September 8!

Stop in for a quick slice to-go, join us in our full-service dining room (and bar), or lounge in our next-door sister bar, ENZO. (And enjoy outdoor dining while you still can!)

We appreciate the outpouring of support we received from the community (and beyond!) while we were recovering from the damage. We are so fortunate to be part of such a vibrant, diverse, and caring community — it reminds us why we do what we do.

We are so thrilled to be back, and we’d love to see you.  Come on down!

Enjoy OTTO at Maine Craft Distilling’s Public House in Freeport

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Fall is in the air, and we can’t think of anything more inviting than enjoying locally distilled spirits and craft cocktails over a Mashed Potato, Bacon & Scallion pie in the cozy interior of Maine Craft Distilling‘s Public House in Freeport, Maine.

On Fridays, from 4-7pm and Saturdays from 12-7pm, OTTO will be on site, serving select signature pies freshly baked in the Public House’s 2nd floor kitchen.

The Maine Craft Distilling Public House is conveniently located in the historic Mallet building at 7 Mill Street on the edge of Freeport Village, between Old Navy and the Nordica Theater.  There is plenty of parking located directly in front of the building.

Whether a respite from fall shopping, a pre- or post-movie noshing, or a night out in Freeport, we’ve got the bases covered.

Come on down to the house. We look forward to seeing you. 15317769_642618455918583_4262705624348645715_n