OTTO Pizza Teams With Portland, Maine’s Rec Dept. to Recognize Outstanding Kids

Nellie Lennon, a winner of the Kindness and Respect Award at the Hall School, steps up to collect her certificate and OTTO Pizza gift card.

All too often, the kids who get attention are the ones who are causing trouble or acting out in some way, and for the folks who run the after-school programs at Portland’s Recreation and Facilities Department, that didn’t seem right.

The kids who do the right thing, who make the right choices, should get some recognition, too.

So this year, the Rec Department undertook an effort to call out those kids who go above and beyond what’s expected of them to show kindness and generosity to others, be they peers or parents, teachers or counselors.

Corbett Dooley, another Kindness and Respect Award winner at the Hall School, receives his certificate and OTTO Pizza gift card.

Each month, since the beginning of school back in September, the counselors at each program — the city runs after-school programs at each elementary school — selected those kids who really stood out when it came to showing respect and kindness toward others, and this week, the winners got their reward: a special certificate recognizing their achievement and … free pizza from OTTO Pizza! Specifically, a gift card good for a free large pizza of their choice.

The first awards were handed out this evening to the eight winners at the Hall School, where the kids got what they deserved — recognition from their peers and parents, and some free pizza.

Next week, the same thing will happen at Longfellow Elementary school and at the newly opened Ocean Elementary and at the end of the school year, the winners at Portland’s remaining elementary schools will be recognized as well.

OTTO Pizza is proud to work with the Rec Department in this effort. Congratulations to the winners!

 

OTTO Pizza Guys Talk Pizza Delivery in Portland Maine on the Fox Morning Show

The OTTO Pizza guys, Anthony and Mike, stopped by the Fox Morning Show earlier today with a couple of pies to talk pizza and the new delivery service. If you weren’t up this morning, or perhaps were otherwise engaged and unable to catch the show, you can check it out here.

After the segment, the crew dug in and four pies were gone within about 10 minutes.

OTTO Pizza's Anthony Allen and Mike Keon serve up some fresh hot slices on the Fox Morning Show this morning in Portland, Maine.

It was hard to tell which pie the crew liked better — the Masher (mashed potato, bacon and scallion) or the Roasted Tomato, Ricotta and Fresh Basil.

A good time was had by all, and Mike and Anthony left the studio with a standing invitation to come back anytime.

 

Free Slice Day — For Reals …

On Monday, Dec. 19, you can grab yourself a slice of OTTO Pizza's award-winning pie for free at the 576 Congress Street, in Portland, Maine, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

You may have heard the vicious, pernicious rumor — or as our Canadian friends to the north might put it, rumour — that Monday, Dec. 19 has been designated as a so-called “Free Slice Day” at OTTO Pizza.

Well, it’s true. All of it. Here’s the deal …

Monday, Dec. 19, is, in fact, Free Slice Day at OTTO Pizza’s shop at 576 Congress Street in Portland, Maine’s Arts District. The store will open at its regular time, 11 a.m., and close at about 1:30 p.m. so the employees can prepare themselves for the mayhem to come.

At 2 p.m., the doors will be thrown open once again, whereupon Free Slice Day will be in full effect.

How does it work? Simple …

From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., anyone who stops in can pick up one free slice of OTTO Pizza’s award-winninng pizza, any variety, on the house. One to a customer, please — we’d like everyone who wants one to get one. OTTO employees who aren’t busily making more pie to keep the pizza flowing will be on hand and passing the hat to benefit local non-profit agencies.

There might even be a few of our new, wicked cool t-shirts available, hot off the press … so get there early.

A Buddhist monk enjoys a slice of OTTO Pizza at the 576 Congress Street shop in Portland, Maine's Arts District.

At 6 p.m., the store will close so OTTO Pizza employees can retire for the evening to enjoy the OTTO Pizza Christmas party, which promises to be a rager of epic proportion … but that’s another story, and by the way, whatever you might have heard about the last OTTO party on Aug. 21, when the segment about OTTO Pizza aired on the Cooking Channel’s “Pizza Out of the Box,” is patently false — you can check the police reports for yourself, if you like …

Anyway, by now you’re probably asking yourself, “Why? Why would they do it? Why would they give away so much of that awesome pizza?”

Well, let’s just call it OTTO Pizza’s way of saying, “Thank you,” to the people of Portland, Maine, for everything they’ve done for OTTO in the 18 months or so since the first shop opened at 576 Congress Street — home of the “Free Slice Day.”

See you there!