Food & dining


Otto Pizza arrives in Brookline

Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe
Josh Cuniberti, 4, at the Brookline Otto Pizza.

Last year, Otto made Cantabrigians happy. A branch of the well-loved Portland, Maine, pizzeria opened in Harvard Square. Now Brookline is happy, too. Another local Otto Pizza has arrived, this one located in Coolidge Corner.

What’s the fuss? Otto’s pies and slices come in traditional flavors — cheese, pepperoni, margherita — to be sure. That’s just the beginning. From there, opt for pizza topped with three-cheese tortellini; butternut squash, ricotta, and cranberry; pulled pork and mango; mashed potato, bacon, and scallion; and more.

The Cambridge Otto is more of a traditional pizzeria, a small storefront where one grabs a slice and eats it standing up. The Brookline branch — located right across the street from an Upper Crust — is a sit-down restaurant where one can have a beer or glass of wine.


Just because it has seats doesn’t guarantee you’ll get one. In a neighborhood not exactly short on pies, Otto has been mobbed since it opened. Coolidge Corner is hungry for good pizza, and some are already calling this the neighborhood’s best.

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