At $9 a plate, pasta dishes at Otto are one of the city's best casual lunch and dinner deals. And a hearty winter appetite demands the Taccozette con Stracotto. The pasta shape is something like lasagna, the center flat and the sides with wide ridges, ideal for catching the warm braised pork shoulder ragu—the pork practically melting into the savory tomato-based gravy, marked with fresh basil. Made good use of the bread and soak up every bit of that sauce, perhaps ask for a little grated Parmesan on the side; put nothing to waste!
For dessert, Pumpkin Copetta is still on the menu, and on especially cold days, the Warm Apple Crisp ($10) with a finish of Meredith Kurtzman's vanilla gelato and candied cranberries is cheer and warmth rolled into one.
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