One of the places that I have heard so much for their reasonably priced pastas, pizza and anti-pasti was Otto. Owned by celebrity chef Mario Batali (Iron Chef!) and his business partner, Joe Bastianich (Masterchef USA), Otto served up comforting and delicious cuisine.

Otto – Love the clock!

Linguine Puttanesca (US$10)

For lunch, I chose my favourite – Linguine Puttanesca. This Southern Italian pasta is simple and savoury, combining anchovies, capers and tomato sauce. Three ingredients. That’s all. Otto’s version was flavourful and not overly salty. The portion was huge too – I only managed to finish half the plate.

I liked Otto for its take on food – simple yet delicious. The place itself had an old school charm too.

One 5th Avenue New York City 10003