OTTO X: Ten years! Ten towns! Celebrating a decade of OTTO!

Chefs/owners Mike Keon and Anthony Allen invite you to join in celebrating 10 years of OTTO throughout the month of June.

All month long, and beyond, there will be will be no shortage of ways to celebrate — Keon and Allen want this to be a celebration of their customers and their employees — without which there would be no OTTO.

Since its humble beginnings as a tiny little slice shop on Portland, ME’s Congress Street, OTTO has grown to 13 location in 10 towns in Maine and Massachusetts.

10 YEAR HAPPENINGS

Lobster Masher: For the month of June, OTTO will introduce an extra special Pie of the Month—the “Lobster Masher.” A decadent mash-up (pun intended) of OTTO’s iconic Mashed Potato, Bacon and Scallion “Masher” pie, the “Lobster Masher” will be decadently garnished with fresh Maine lobster meat. The “Lobster Masher” will be priced to move (literally losing money as our way of saying thanks!) — $3.50 per slice, $14.50 for a small pie, and $22.75 for a large. All summer long, every OTTO pie will be served in a limited edition 10th anniversary pizza box.

The Lobster Masher (Mashed Potato, Bacon, Scallion and Fresh Maine Lobster)

OTTO X Ale: Rising Tide Brewing Company, a frequent OTTO collaborator over the years, has created a very special anniversary brew for the occasion. OTTO X, an IPA, will be served throughout June at all OTTO locations in Maine (and our Coolidge Corner, BU, and Arlington locations in MA).  OTTO X is a clean, crisp ale made with flaked rice, feat. Lemondrop, Mandarina and Columbus hops. Coming in at 5.6% ABV, this citrus-forward springtime brew features a nice lemon-oil and sweet orange character.

OTTO X: Anniversary Ale brewed in collaboration with Rising Tide Brewing

X Marks the Spot: On June 17th from 11:30-2pm, OTTO co-owners Mike Keon and Anthony Allen will be working the counter at OTTO’s original slice shop at 576 Congress St. in Portland — exactly where they were 10 years ago when they sold the very first OTTO slice.

Contests, Contests, Contests: In addition, fans should keep a sharp eye on OTTO’s Instagram (@ottoportland) for a series of prize pack giveaways – featuring sports and concert tickets, OTTO anniversary swag, brewery merch, gift cards, and much more.

Employee Parties: OTTO will be throwing 10th anniversary celebrations for employees only — one party in Maine on June 23, and one in Massachusetts on July 14. Restaurants will close at 7pm on these days, so that everyone in the OTTO family can join in the festivities.

THE OTTO STORY

OTTO is the brainchild of Anthony Allen and Mike Keon, who met each other over a decade ago as chefs at neighboring restaurants north of Boston. Allen had opened his first pizzeria on Nantucket at the age of seventeen, later opening a second location on Martha’s Vineyard. Keon came to cooking after working on fishing boats off the coast of Alaska. Their lasting friendship, complementary styles, and shared “less is more” culinary philosophy resulted in the opening of OTTO in downtown Portland, where Keon had been living and working. It was not long until OTTO was gaining regional and national attention for making some of the best pizza around.

Mike and I are blown away by the fact that it’s been a decade,” says Allen. “Ten years and ten cities—I could never have dreamt it – well, maybe my 17-year-old self did back in-the-day on Nantucket when I opened my first pizza shop.”

“We are continuously working to make sure every pizza is perfect and every slice unforgettable,” says Keon. “Whether you grab a slice to go or eat in one of our full service dining rooms, every member of our team is motivated by this goal of consistently well-executed, uncomplicated food. Our staff has been absolutely monumental in our success – we are beyond grateful and would not be where we are today without them.”

ABOUT THE MENU & SPACES

OTTO is known for its “elevated” pizza approach, using high-quality ingredients – local when possible — and extremely creative toppings such as cranberries, butternut squash, spicy pulled pork, or (even) tortellini and seaweed. The 10th anniversary “Lobster Masher” is an extra special pie to celebrate the anniversary (OTTO features a unique, limited edition pie each month). OTTO is also one of the few places in New England that offers Detroit-Style pizza—featuring an extra thick crust and a crispy bottom.

Each OTTO pizzeria is unique, individually customized for both the physical space and the neighborhood in which it’s located. OTTO locations vary from slice shops to pick-up and delivery to full service dining room restaurants.

Kick off Pride Month with OTTO’s 6-location fundraiser night for Pride Portland on June 4

Join us in celebrating the extraordinary contributions of our LGBTQ community, and in supporting Pride Portland, the wonderful volunteer-run organization that does so much to bring Greater Portland together.

On Tuesday, June 4, between 5-9pm, a portion of every sale at all seven Maine OTTO locations will be donated to Pride Portland.

Whether you live in Portland, South Portland, Yarmouth, or Saco, you can chip in by simply purchasing a slice, a pie, a gift card, a craft beer or glass of wine — anything! Every single purchase made at any location counts — whether dine-in, takeout, or delivery!

And stay tuned for some additional Pride celebrations at OTTO, including parade-day happenings at our original 576 Congress location along the parade route.

We look forward to seeing you and celebrating with you.

OTTO Pizza: At a Brewery Near You

Pizza and beer just go together. It’s a universal truth. At OTTO, we are always looking for ways to work with our local breweries: tap takeovers, limited edition collaborations, even using craft beer as an ingredient. Lately we’ve been working with breweries in a new way.

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We’re excited to announce that we now offer pizza delivery to select breweries in both Maine and Massachusetts!

If you’re a regular on the tasting room circuit, you may have seen one of our ordering tablets already. They’re simple to use and just like ordering online.

Here’s how they work:

  • After approaching the OTTO ordering kiosk, enter the delivery address that’s conveniently listed on the bottom of the tablet. Once the address is entered, click “order” and select “ASAP” to get your order started.
  • Place your order as you normally would by selecting your favorite pizzas, salads and apps. All you’ll need to complete your order is your name, phone number and payment information. You can also enter your OTTO Rewards information to earn points on your delivery.
  • Delivery typically takes 35-45 minutes. This leaves you a little time to enjoy some beverages while you wait for your order.
  • If you have any questions or need to make any changes to your order, simply call the number listed at the bottom of the kiosk to reach the OTTO team handling your order.

We currently have OTTO ordering kiosks at the following locations:

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OTTO Pizza is also available at the Rising Tide tasting room in Portland (103 Fox Street, Portland, ME) . They offer slices, as well as small pies, right there at the tasting room.

If you are a brewery or other business interested in offering OTTO pizza at your establishment, please contact us at catering@ottoportland.com for more details.

 

OTTO Gift Cards are ‘Buy One Get One’ for the holidays!

The holidays are here – and along with them, holiday shopping! If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the pizza lovers in your life, we’ve got you covered with our Buy One Get One gift card offer!

Our gift cards are perfect for stocking-stuffers or to treat friends or family to a night out at their favorite OTTO. Not to mention, this is the kind of gift that also gives you free pizza in return.

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 your nearest OTTO, as this BOGO offer is available in-store only (and excludes e-gifts). We hope to see you soon!

Happy shopping!

Six not-so-secret ways to save at OTTO

$2 Off With Online Ordering Registration

Registering for an online ordering account has lots of great benefits, including saved order history, saved delivery addresses, and a digital wallet, but did you know that registering an online ordering account can save you money?  Earn $2 off your first order just for registering!

Register today — just select your location and click ‘My Account’ to get started!

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Earn Free Dough (and tons of surprise perks) with OTTO Rewards!

Sign up for OTTO Rewards and enjoy unlimited savings:

  • Earn 1 point for every dollar spent. Receive 20 points just for signing up! Earn $5 off at 50 and 100 points, and $10 off each 100 points thereafter!
  • On Sundays and Mondays, earn Double Rewards points on every purchase!
  • Get a free slice on your birthday (starting Oct. 29 2018!)
  • Additional exclusive offers, benefits, and perks!

Click here for more info on OTTO Rewards!

Lunch Specials

  • Any 2 slices and a drink for $7.95!
  • Any 1 slice, a drink, and a cookie for $5.95!

*at participating locations, drinks include fountain beverage, bottled water, or house-made ice tea, lemonade, or Arnold Palmer

OTTO Happy Hour: Free Slice with Beer or Wine Purchase!

Receive any free slice with a specially priced beer or wine purchase between 4-6pm Monday-Thursday!

*Only available in Maine due to alcohol laws; Only one free slice per person per visit

Kids Eat Free Every Wednesday Night!

On Wednesdays, 5pm to Close, buy any large pizza and get a FREE 8″ kids cheese pizza!

Available only at Maine locations only (not available for takeout or delivery).

Earn Free Slices with our Frequent Eater Card!
Those who purchase by the slice will want to pick up a Frequent Eater Card (available at any OTTO counter). Buy 10 slices and your next one is on the house!

 

“Guster On The Ocean” – Weekend Service Project

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On August 3rd, Guster returns to Portland for their 2nd annual Guster On the Ocean Festival. In addition to playing shows at the State Theatre and Thompson’s Point over the weekend, you can join Guster off-stage to help them celebrate the festival.

This year, Guster is teaming up with REVERB, a local non-profit organization that aims to connect musicians and their fans through various service projects. On Saturday, August 4th, band members will join selected fans and volunteers for a clean-up project on a section of the Portland Trails.

Following the service project, Guster and volunteers will head to Mast Landing Brewery in Westbrook for a post-work celebration, including a beer tasting of “On The Ocean: A Big Friendly Pale Ale”; a Guster/Mast Landing collaboration brew. OTTO will be on hand providing nourishment for all the hard working volunteers.

Can’t make it to Mast Landing? Head to Hadlock Field on Sunday, August 5th, to celebrate “Guster Day” along side band members and the Portland Sea Dogs.

For more information on how to purchase tickets and get involved, visit Guster On The Ocean Festival and REVERB.org.

Peaks Island Delivery

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When OTTO owner, Mike Keon, first mentioned the idea of delivering our pizza to Peaks Island, we thought it sounded a little crazy. It became clear after our first delivery to the island that it was going to be a big hit. In its second year, our Peaks Island delivery program is going stronger than ever.

If you live on the Island and have yet to take advantage of this, heres how to order:

When: Every Thursday from 6/14 to 9/6, we deliver pre- ordered OTTO Pizza to Peaks Island. Our pick-up station is set up on the corner of Welch and Island Ave. Pick up time is from 5:45 PM – 6:15 PM.

How: Call our Munjoy Hill location (207-358-7870) anytime throughout the week to place your order for Thursday. The cut-off for ordering is 3:00 PM the day of delivery. We only have so much room on our water taxi, and spots fill up fast. We recommend calling a few days ahead of time to ensure your order.

Who: The OTTO team delivers via water taxi. We take your pies directly from the oven and place them in our insulated delivery bags to keep them hot throughout the journey. Just look for our pop-up table with the OTTO logo on the corner of Welch Street and Island Ave to pick up your order.

Baking: We have the option to deliver fully cooked or par baked pizzas. Just mention the par baked option if you are interested in finishing your pizza at home.

Please Note: To defray additional operational cost, each delivery (small or large orders) includes a $5 delivery charge and an 18% gratuity fee for the delivery team. We ask all payments to be made in advance by providing your credit card information over the phone. Your card will only be charged after you sign the delivery receipt at time of pickup. Unfortunately, the delivery team cannot accept cash payments.

Please feel free to contact us anytime with any questions you might have.

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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!

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.

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