Otto Strada is a great Italian restaurant in Hoboken, located off the beaten path, a few minutes from the main street that is Washington St. we went for brunch and dinner and had a good time there.
Both times, the nice weather pushed us to sit in their small outside area, enjoying great food in a relaxed atmosphere. Here is what we had for brunch:
San Pellegrino Aranciata:
San Pellegrino Chinotto, a drink with a bitter taste that I love:
Crostini di burrata e pomodoro, made with caramelized tomatoes, burrata cheese, honey, basil, evoo and sea salt. This was sublime, the cheese and sweetness of the honey counterbalancing the acidity of the tomatoes. This is a must have!
Bocce ball sliders or meatballs sliders: Otto’s meatballs, melted homemade mozzarella, San Marzano tomato sauce, Parmigiano Reggiano, evoo and basil pesto on toasted brioche buns. This is another must have: these meatballs are fantastic, tasty and not dry.
Pizza tartuffo e ueva, made with fresh mozzarella, crimini mushrooms, poached eggs, Pecorino Romano, truffle oil, Parmigiano Reggiano and fresh basil. Their pizza, cooked in a wood fire oven is very good, crispy on the outside and with a nice char.
Insalata di burrata, made with tomatoes, strawberries, burrata and fresh basil:
For dinner, we had:
Focaccia bread with olive oil:
Pulpo Ubriachi al Forno or drunken grilled octopus with a limoncello sauce baked in a brick oven served over a tuscan bean salad with roasted red peppers. First of all, I did not think there would be so much octopus, but I should not complain as it was very well made, perfectly cooked with a nice char. I liked the sauce that was kind of refreshing, letting the octopus shine.
Melanzane alla parmigiana or brick oven baked eggplant with fresh imported Italian ricotta cheese, homemade mozzarella and san marzano tomatoes. Very good, there was a nice portion. I think the best part was the sauce that had a robust flavor.
Mafaldine alla bolognese or homemade ribbon shaped pasta in a meat sauce originating from Bologna. The sauce was good, but I thought that the pasta was slightly over cooked and needed a bit of salt.
For dessert we had their almond tiramisu that was a bit frozen. I admit that we only saw the tiramisu part, not seeing that it was made with amaretto and nuts. I just found it ok...
We overall had great time each times we went to Otto Strada: it is a great place to know and I will for sure go back to continue exploring their menu.
Enjoy (I did)!
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Otto Strada - 743 Park Ave, Hoboken, NJ 07030