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Holiday Gift Card BOGO: For Every $25 spent on gift cards, get $5 free!


OTTO gift cards are now BUY ONE, GET ONE free from November 20 through January 5, 2023! For every $25 spent on OTTO gift cards, you will receive $5 on a bonus card!

Give them both away, or keep one (or both!) for yourself!

OTTO gift cards can be purchased at any OTTO location, or can be purchased online. Customers may choose to have physical gift cards mailed via USPS or e-gift cards sent via email. Cards may be sent to you, or to someone else.

OTTO gift cards are perfect stocking-stuffers, and are great gifts for teachers, mail carriers, caregivers, or anyone who deserves a little something special during the holidays.

(Please note: Gift card ‘reloads’ are not eligible for BOGO)

Order online at www.ottoportland.com/shop or purchase at any OTTO location.

ENZO – Reserve your own private OTTO for your next event!

Need a place where 24 of your closest friends can gather over OTTO’s delicious signature pies, savory salads, the best in local craft beer, and wine? We’ve got you covered.

ENZO is a gem of a room. Its warmth and simplicity make it the perfect spot for birthday parties, family gatherings, rehearsal dinners, sports team functions, bridal or baby showers, and other celebrations.

Adjacent to the original OTTO location at 576 Congress Street in Portland’s Arts District, ENZO is conveniently located mere blocks from downtown hotels, music venues, the Old Port, parking decks, and several of Portland’s museums and art galleries.

ENZO shares OTTO’s kitchen, meaning all of OTTO’s offerings are available for your event.

To reserve ENZO, or to learn more, contact Ben Cooper at benc@ottoportland.com.

The OTTO Thirsty Camper Tour is headed your way with delicious Maine beer, pizza, bluegrass, and more!

We’re loading up a little bit of what makes Portland special and setting up camp at a location near you. It’s a traveling pizza and beer garden on wheels — the OTTO Airstream, courtesy of Rustic Taps.  Come down and enjoy beer from our friends at Maine Beer, Lone Pine, Allagash, and Orono, hear some live bluegrass, play some games, win some prizes — and of course we’ll be supplying the pizza.  

Every Thursday in August, we’ll be pulling up to a different OTTO location to celebrate summer in Vacationland. (With pizza, beer, and bluegrass this good, why would you leave??)

We’ll be serving cold, delicious Maine beer from the Airstream bar, and each evening will feature the best in Maine bluegrass, including renowned mandolinist Joe Walsh, who headed up OTTO Bluegrass Nights back in the day.

Our lovely beer partners have provided us with loads of great brewery swag, and OTTO will have plenty on hand as well, so you’re likely to go home with more than a smile.

And if that wasn’t enough, there’ll be cornhole, giant Jenga, and did we say PIZZA??

Come join us at one of our stops below.  This is a magical, silvery beer and pizza garden on wheels – and we can’t wait to see all of you.

The OTTO Thirsty Camper Tour:

* 5PM-close each night * Free Entry! *

Thu Aug 4 RSVPOTTO 159 Cottage Rd, South Portlandfeat. Joe Walsh & Friends

Thu Aug 11RSVPOTTO 305 US-1, Yarmouthfeat. Taylor Smith & Friends

Thu Aug 18RSVPOTTO 779 Portland Rd, Sacofeat. The Snowglobe String Band

Thu Aug 25 RSVPCongress Square Park, Portland – feat. Joe Walsh & Friends

Godfather Night at ENZO (576A Congress Street) — Celebrating 50 Years

Join us Saturday, July 16 from 6-10pm at OTTO’s wine bar and event space, ENZO, for an evening of Godfather-themed pizzas, cocktails, wine, music, and don’t forget the cannoli.

We’ll be celebrating with two special pizzasone night only:

  • The Corleone — Brie, Prosciutto, and Fig Jam (white pie)
  • The Mattress — Sliced Meatballs and Fresh Basil (red pie)

Two special cocktails:

  • The Don — Whiskey, Amoretto, and Garnish, with Blood Orange and Dark Cherry
  • The Appolonia — House-made Jalapeño-infused Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Fresh Strawberry

Special wines to pair with each pizza.

Cannolis.

Free slice and cannoli for each customer arriving in funeral attire.

RSVP here.

ENZO is located right next door to the original OTTO slice shop in the Portland Arts District, at 576A Congress Street.

Our NEW Yarmouth location is NOW OPEN

If you’ve driven on US-1 in Yarmouth, you’ve likely seen the sign. It’s kinda hard to miss.

After 6+ years at our Main St. location, we have closed the doors and re-opened just down the road at 305 US-1 (in the former Maine Coffee Roasters building).

Just a stone’s throw from Yarmouth High and North Yarmouth Academy, OTTO Yarmouth is now offering counter service, takeout, and delivery, with a dining room opening in the next few months (along with beer and wine!). And with dedicated parking, pickup orders are a breeze.

Customers will be pleased to know that our phone number, and our online ordering link will not change with this move, as these will follow us to our new home. Our delivery radius will also remain unchanged.

We look forward to seeing your smiling faces at 305 US-1 in Yarmouth.

OTTO Yarmouth is moving!

If you’ve driven on US-1 in Yarmouth, you’ve likely seen the sign. It’s kinda hard to miss.

After 6+ years at our Main St. location, we will be closing the doors and re-opening just down the road at 305 US-1 (the former Maine Coffee Roasters location).

Just a stone’s throw from Yarmouth High and North Yarmouth Academy, OTTO Yarmouth will be providing counter service, takeout, and delivery initially, with a dining room opening in the next few months (along with beer and wine!). On-site parking is also available.

Customers will be pleased to know that our phone number, and our online ordering link will not change with this move, as these will follow us to our new home. Our delivery radius will also remain unchanged.

As with any move, restaurant or otherwise, there are several moving parts, so we can’t yet share our final date for our Main Street location, or the opening date of the new US-1 location, we will be sharing more information as we get closer, and will continue to provide updates as we go!

Stay tuned! We look forward to seeing your smiling faces at 305 US-1 in Yarmouth.

2021: Our Year of Giving Back

In many ways, 2021 felt like a repeat of 2020 — a year of uncertainty and unprecedented change in how we live our daily lives. Our friends, families and communities have all been affected in some way by the continued impacts of COVID-19. Amidst the chaos and uncertainty, however, there has been a constant; the tireless dedication of those who work so hard to support those in need, despite the challenges.

Although COVID impacted the ways in which we typically have supported our communities, we have partnered with many wonderful organizations in a variety of ongoing programs, and you — our customers — have made it possible for us to maximize support of many deserving recipients doing important work.

Seasonal Special Donations

In Massachusetts, we continued our ongoing partnership with Cooking Matters MA – an organization which helps connect families with affordable and nutritious meal options. “Cooking Matters is helping end childhood hunger by inspiring families to make healthy, affordable food choices. [Their] programs teach parents and caregivers with limited food budgets to shop for and cook healthy meals.” $1 of each monthly special pie sold from our Massachusetts locations goes to Cooking Matters MA. This year, we have donated over $11,000 directly to the organization.

In Maine, we continued to work with Full Plates Full Potential as one of their FEED Kids partners. Full Plates, Full Potential is an organization dedicated to ending child hunger in Maine. “[Their] work focuses on increasing participation in school breakfast, after school meals, and summer meal programs.” We’ve donated $1 of each monthly special sold from our Maine locations to Full Plates Full Potential since March. This has allowed us to donate over $12,000 directly to the organization.

Feeding the Frontline

Another group that’s been severely strained by this pandemic is healthcare workers. They have gone through extraordinary efforts to heal and protect their patients and our communities, working tirelessly around the clock dealing with scenarios that many of us cannot imagine. In April of 2020, we began our Feeding the Frontline initiative – a donation-based framework that supports both restaurants and frontline workers during the COVID-19 crisis by turning customer donations into nourishment for healthcare workers throughout Maine and Massachusetts.

In 2021, we received over $75,000 in customer donations that we’ve turned into countless orders, feeding thousands of healthcare workers and first responders ($125,000 in donations have been received since May 2020, the start of the initiative). We are both amazed and extremely humbled by the support we’ve received, and can tell you first hand how appreciative our healthcare heroes have been to benefit from this program. Below are a few of the facilities we’ve made deliveries to as a part of this initiative:

  • Maine Medical Center
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Maine General Hospital
  • Brigham & Women’s Hospital
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Salem Hospital
  • St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
  • Carney Hospital
  • Maine Cancer Center
  • Mid Coast Hospital
  • Mount Auburn Hospital
  • Mercy Hospital
  • US Coast Guard
  • Preble Street
  • Good Shepherd Food Bank
  • Various vaccine sites throughout Maine and Massachusetts

Tips For Kids

In 2020, a new initiative was started at our Southie location in which all tips are donated to a deserving local charity. This initiative has since grown to include our South End and Beverly locations.

In 2021, customers of these locations have made the following donations possible:

With all of that said, we owe a huge thanks to our customers. The programs and initiatives above would not be possible without your support. While many of us continued to spend much of the year in relative isolation, the power of community has never been more evident. As we reflect on this difficult year, we are incredibly thankful for our staff, our customers, our partners and our communities. We wish each of you a healthy and happy holiday season, and look forward to seeing your smiling faces in the new year.

OTTO Beverly to donate 100% of tips Jan 1 – Mar 31 to the Greater Beverly YMCA

As part of the ongoing Tips For Kids initiative, OTTO’s Beverly location has selected the Greater Beverly YMCA to be the recipient of all customer tips from January 1, 2022 through March 31, 2022.

The Greater Beverly Y is committed to strengthening communities, educating and nurturing children and promoting healthy living in spirit, mind, and body.

We owe a ton of thanks to our Beverly staff and the generosity of our customers for making these donations possible. We know that, now more than ever, a helping hand goes a long way. Whether customers place orders online, via phone, or in-house, every tip will be put to work supporting the the Greater Beverly YMCA and their mission.

OTTO South End to donate 100% of tips between Dec 1 through Mar 31 to Franciscan Children’s

As part of the ongoing Tips For Kids initiative, OTTO’s South End location has selected Franciscan Children’s to be the recipient of all customer tips from December 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022.

Since 1949, Franciscan Children’s has served children and adolescents with complex medical, mental health, and special educational needs. Located in Brighton, Massachusetts, Franciscan Children’s is an integral part of Boston’s health care system. They are the only pediatric post-acute facility in New England, and often tackle the challenges that others can’t or won’t.  These critical needs are met by people who are committed to excellence, innovation, and family support… so that children can reach their fullest potential and live their best life. 

We owe a ton of thanks to our Southie staff and the generosity of our customers for making these donations possible. We know that, now more than ever, a helping hand goes a long way. Whether customers place orders online, via phone, or in-house, every tip will be put to work supporting the mission of Franciscan Children’s.

BOGO gift cards make holiday shopping easy (and delicious)

BOGO Gift Cards at OTTO


OTTO gift cards are now BUY ONE, GET ONE free through January 7, 2022! For every $25 spent on OTTO gift cards, you will receive $5 on a bonus card!

Give them both away, or keep one (or both!) for yourself. It’s kinda putting pizza in the bank and earning interest!

To make your holiday shopping easier this year, we have made all gift cards available for purchase online. Customers may choose to have physical cards mailed or e-gift cards sent via email.

OTTO gift cards are perfect stocking-stuffers, and are great gifts for teachers, mail carriers, caregivers, or anyone who deserves a little something special during the holidays.

(Please note: Gift card ‘reloads’ are not eligible for BOGO)

Order online at www.ottoportland.com/shop or purchase at any OTTO location.