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Pizza is simple food. But it doesn’t have to be ordinary.

Since 2009 when we opened our first slice shop on Congress Street in downtown Portland, we’ve been striving to elevate the pizza experience. It starts with the ingredients – high quality, local when possible – and the toppings – creative and comforting. Mashed potatoes? Tortellini? Cranberries on a pizza? These are just a few of the things we tried – and they worked. “The Masher” with mashed potato, scallion, and bacon is one of our most popular pies. And people thought it was weird when we first put it on the menu.

Making simple food isn’t easy. We are continuously working to make sure every pizza is perfect and every slice unforgettable. Whether it be from one of our slice counters, or in one of our full service dining rooms, every member of our team is motivated by this goal of consistently well-executed, uncomplicated food.

  • Slice Shop 576 Congress St Portland, ME June 2009
  • Enzo Wine Bar 576 A Congress St Portland, ME April 2010
  • Munjoy 225 Congress St Portland, ME December 2010
  • Harvard Sq 1432 Mass Ave Cambridge, MA February 2011
  • Pizza Delivery Portland, ME November 2011
  • Coolidge Corner 289 Harvard St Brookline, MA April 2012
  • BU Campus 888 Comm Ave Boston, MA August 2012
  • Dining Room 574 Congress St Portland, ME November 2012
  • Pizza Delivery Boston, MA January 2013
  • Lynnfield 1210 Market St Lynnfield, MA October 2013
  • Cottage Rd 159 Cottage Rd S Portland, ME November 2013
  • Newburyport 202 Merrimac St Newburyport, MA July 2014
  • John Roberts 125 John Roberts Rd S Portland, ME December 2014
  • Yarmouth 367 Main St Yarmouth, ME June 2015
  • Arlington 202 Mass Ave Arlington, MA July 2016
  • Read St 250 Read St Portland September 2016
  • Saco 779 Portland Rd US Rt 1 Saco July 2018

Anthony & Mike

The OTTO story begins with two chefs from dramatically different culinary backgrounds united by the belief that pizza is serious food with the potential to transcend its "take-out chow" reputation by re-imagining the possibilities that exist beyond red sauce and mozzarella.

A native of Nantucket, Anthony Allen founded his first pizza shop on the island when he was 17, expanding a few years later to Martha’s Vineyard. Mike Keon worked in the galleys on fishing boats off the coast of Alaska for more than 12 years. The two met just north of Boston as the owners of neighboring restaurants. During downtimes, they’d swap stories of their culinary adventures. Like the time Anthony built a pizza oven from a scavenged 55-gallon oil drum and taught the locals in Tanzania how to make pizza. Or Mike's attempt to cook a full Thanksgiving dinner on a fishing boat in the middle of a violent storm.

With Anthony’s decades of pizza experience, Mike’s penchant for combining ingredients that aren’t necessarily obvious, and a shared drive to take a staple food to another level, OTTO was born in Portland, Maine in June 2009.

Are you looking to be a part of a stellar team?
Do you love insanely good pizza?

With 13 locations in Massachusetts and Maine, we're an expanding, award-winning, independently-owned company. Recognized by WGBH as the "Best Gourmet Pizza" in Boston and seven-time "Best Pizza" in Portland Phoenix! We are looking for easy-going team players, who are committed to providing good food and good times to our customers.  

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OTTO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants for all jobs openings are welcome and will be considered without regard to race, gender, age, national origin, color, religion, disability, military status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

For questions regarding employment at OTTO please e-mail: employment@ottoportland.com

Good Food, Good Causes

At OTTO, we strongly believe in investing in our communities, and are proud to support a variety of  causes and local organizations.

If you’re a regional charity, school or organization and wish to apply to host a fundraiser  receive a donation, please read the requirements set forth below:

  • All requests must come from a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization and must include a tax identification number at time of request.
  • Request must be submitted at least 4 weeks in advance to be considered.
  • We cannot accept requests intended to benefit specific individuals or families.
  • We are unable to sponsor, fundraiser or donate to individuals or club teams for financial, athletic or other personal endeavors (i.e. races, marathons, travel grants/expenses).
  • We cannot make donations to political or religious organizations. However, we will consider donating to local secular or non-partisan community-based initiatives.

Due to the overwhelming number of requests we receive on a daily basis, here are a few things to consider when applying for a fundraiser or donation:

  • Past support does not guarantee future support.
  • We strongly believe in supporting causes within our communities. As such, donation eligibility is limited to causes that directly impact these communities .
  • Only one request per calendar per non-profit organization will be accepted within a calendar year.
  • In order to be considered, you must have all of the required information at the time you submit your application. Applications that are incomplete will not be considered.

Please understand that we do our best to support as many organizations and causes as we possibly can. That being said, it is impossible for us to satisfy every request, even if they fit within our guidelines.

Due to the number of requests we receive, we cannot respond to phone calls or emails regarding the status of your application. If your donation or fundraiser request is approved, we will contact your organization. OTTO reserves the right to accept or reject any and all requests received.

Fundraiser Request Form

If you're a regional charity, school, or organization and you want to connect with your community, plan a fundraiser at one of our locations. A portion of all sales will be donated to your group, and you'll be able to raise awareness, spark dialogue and brainstorming, and meet with potential volunteers. Events are from 5pm to 9pm unless otherwise noted. A full list of our current calendar and available OTTO locations is available on our blog.

To schedule your fundraiser, please fill out the form below and we'll get in contact with you. 

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In-kind Donation Request Form

At OTTO, we strongly believe that it is important for businesses to be invested in their local communities and we are proud to support many important causes through our work. Unfortunately we do not have the resources to donate to each and every group that submits a request.  If you would like to request a donation from OTTO, please fill out the following form.

Once received, we require 15 business days to process your request.  Our leadership team will review your request, but please understand that it is impossible for us to satisfy all the requests that come in.  If possible, we will try to be involved in some way.

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