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It’s time for Oscar Tango Tango Oscar, OTTO’s annual collaboration with Rising Tide

OscarTango_Poster_V1Our annual Spring collaboration with Portland’s Rising Tide Brewing Company, Oscar Tango Tango Oscar, is currently pouring in Maine, and will be rolling out over the coming days in Massachusetts.

Oscar Tango Tango Oscar is brewed with 2-row, flaked rice, carapils and hopped with Amarillo, Mandarina, and Cascade hops. It is fermented with Rising Tide’s house American ale yeast. Oscar Tango Tango Oscar’s citrusy snap goes perfect with an OTTO signature pie on a warm summer day.

Over the years, Oscar Tango has accumulated an overall 3.8 rating on Beer Advocate and a 3.63 rating on Untappd.

The collaboration is only available at OTTO and at the Rising Tide tasting room. Get it while you can. Check in on Untappd and let us know what you think!

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Saco OTTO to open July 5!

IMG_1696We’ve been busy putting the final touches on our new Saco location, and we’re excited to announce that we’ll be open for business on Thursday, July 5 (dine-in and take-out only). We will begin delivery operations on Monday, July 16.

Located on 779 Portland Rd, Route 1, adjacent to the Cinemagic & IMAX, this spacious 80-seat location will feature all the OTTO bells and whistles, and then some:

The Saco opening comes hot on the heels of our 9th birthday and the rollout of our new menu, which features 6 new pies, 2 new salads, Everything knots and (at select locations) Hand-cut fries, sliders, baked mac & cheese!

We are thrilled to be serving the best in local and regional craft beers. While there are certainly more great local breweries than we have taps, we will be featuring a rolling variety of breweries over the coming months, starting with:

  • Barreled Souls
  • Banded Horn
  • Austin Street
  • Rising Tide (Oscar Tango Tango Oscar, our spring collaboration brew!)
  • Lone Pine
  • Foundation
  • Maine Beer Co.
  • Gneiss
  • Night Shift
  • and MORE…

We can’t tell you how thrilled we are to become part of the fabric of beautiful, historic Saco, Maine.  Since we announced our plans, we’ve received an outpouring of wonderful messages, calls, emails, and texts, from Saco residents, town employees, and businesses owners. We can’t wait to finally call each of you neighbors.

 

OTTO now serving Violife vegan cheese at all locations!

Violife-Grated-Mozzarella-1As part of our new menu rollout, we are now serving award-winning Violife vegan grated mozzarella-style cheese, which can be added to nearly all of OTTO’s signature pies for a delicious vegan pizza experience.

Violife’s plant-based cheeses are free from common allergens lactose and gluten, as well as being soy- and nut-free. It’s a delicious option not only for vegans, but also for people with intolerances’ or food allergies. Ellen G, writing on Yelp, raves: the “best gluten-free crust with vegan cheese I’ve ever had! (5 Stars).”

Several of our new pies can be enjoyed with vegan cheese, including our Mango-Habanero Cauliflower with House-made Pineapple Salsa. Our Margherita pie and our Arugula, Red Onion and Kalamata Olive pie are also amazing vegan options.

All of OTTO’s non-meat toppings are vegan with the exception of butternut squash, roasted pear, and mashed potatoes. These items aside, there are literally thousands of potential topping combinations for our vegan customers.

For more information on Violife’s mozzarella vegan cheese, including ingredients and nutritional info, click here.

We can’t tell you how excited we are to further expand our dietary options at OTTO, and we look forward to hearing from you, our guests. Let us know what you think. We’re listening.

Hungry now? Order online!

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!

Our 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!

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!

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!)